Building A New Office or Upgrading Your Current One? We’re Experts In Structured Cabling For Businesses In SW Florida

Structured Cabling is essential for any business that uses computer devices. It connects your computers, servers, and peripherals to the Internet and intranet. It’s like the roadway for your technology. If it’s not set up and implemented properly, you’ll be dealing with roadblocks like IT interruptions, slow service, and downtime.

What Is Structured Cabling?

Structured cabling is the design and installation of cabling systems to support multiple computer and IT hardware devices. Small companies with limited numbers of computers typically don’t need structured cabling. However, as they grow, and require data banks and additional workstations, cable management is essential.

What You May Not Know About Structured Cabling

With mobile devices and cloud access, today’s organizations are providing more flexibility for their workers.  However, your growing business still requires on-site hardware to store information on servers or use powerful workstations with wired Internet connections.

When hardware needs increase, it can cause “Cable Confusion.” Wired connections are often difficult to maintain, and without proper organization they can turn into a confusing mess. This isn’t just annoying – it’s a serious problem that causes major setbacks if cables are damaged or disconnected. And, in the worst-case scenario, improperly installed cabling creates a fire hazard.

The Benefits of Structured Cabling

You may be thinking, “This is all about keeping cables organized? We can do this on our own.” The truth is that most people don’t know how to organize cables and wired connections, and because of this, they set themselves up for chaotic failures. It’s best to let the experts install your structured cabling. Here’s why:

  • Hardware upgrades are easier: From a technical perspective, it’s far easier to switch to newer hardware or make upgrades with structured cabling. Technicians know where everything is and can quickly hook up new products with minimal confusion and fuss.
  • When something goes wrong, it gets fixed fast: Without structured cabling, it can take a very long time to carefully check all the potential hardware problems when something goes wrong (and that’s often before checking software, which is a whole other consideration). When following standards, troubleshooting becomes much easier, and as a result, there’s less downtime.
  • Safety: We already mentioned fire hazards, which is, of course, an important danger to avoid. But structured cabling also helps prevent electrical shocks and people tripping over exposed cables. Basically, your workplace will be a safer place.
  • Longevity: Cables tend to last longer than hardware in most cases. Structured cables are protected and won’t need to be replaced as often.

Standards for Structured Cabling

The Standards for Structured Cabling are governed by three different organizations:

  1. The Telecommunications Industry Association,
  2. The Electronic Industries Association, and
  3. The American National Standards Institute.

They oversee a set of standards for data and voice communications using various kinds of cable. These standards provide best practices that data specialists must use when setting up complex wired networks.  With a properly installed system, your requirements for both today and tomorrow will be met, so when you add hardware, it will be supported.

The Four Key Sections

Structured cabling is divided into four different sections. Each section acts like a checklist when installing and organizing cables. They’re meant to work together during the setup process.

  1. ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-B: This standard focuses on telecommunications wiring in commercial buildings for larger, widespread systems like local area networks, VoIP, video systems, and so on.
  2. ANSI/TIA-569-C: This standard deals with design and construction when planning for telecommunication wiring, both inside buildings and between buildings.
  3. ANSI/TIA/EIA-606-B: Here, the standards focus on the type of controls and oversight administrators use to manage telecommunications infrastructure inside a business.
  4. ANSI/TIA/EIA-607: This standard deals with commercial building grounding and bonding for telecommunications hardware. Digging into these standards reveals a long list of obscure technology and installation terms that many small and mid-sized businesses are unfamiliar with. However, the goal is clear: Make sure cables are reliably set up in a safe, practical way.

Cable Standards For Your Business

Clearly, there are many situations where these standards can be used, and they require different strategies depending on the situation. For example, a retrofit may need a very different approach to meet structured cable requirements. Working on an older building that has been converted into an office may require innovative solutions compared to a modern office building built with these codes in mind.

This doesn’t even touch on manufacturer warranties and how they relate to installation, or how scaling up in the future may change cabling requirements. The bottom line is that structured cabling can be more complex than it first appears. This is why it’s important to find vendors, service providers, and installation experts like Pulse Technology Solutions who understand structured cabling and utilize best practices.

Why Choose Pulse Technology Solutions For Your Structured Cabling?

Your company needs to have the right data network cabling if you’re going to have connective longevity. It’s important to install the right type, size and amount of data cabling, and in the most strategic locations so you can add to your IT infrastructure in the future. Pulse Technology Solutions has successfully completed hundreds of structured cabling projects in Southwest Florida. You can count on us for a reliable system with the speed and stability you require. We’re committed to making sure you get the best value from our installation.

 What You Can Expect From Our Unified Cabling Design And Installation

  • Affordability from a value-based system– Our cabling decreases the need for maintenance expenses and updates. You’ll have more time and money.
  • Trouble-Free management with maximized functionality– Once your network is designed and implemented by our cabling professionals, it can be managed easily without much effort.
  • Easy expansion and flexibility– We leave room for growth and take into account your potential expansion requirements so it won’t cost an arm and a leg to make additions to your system in the future. Our structured cabling has the bandwidth to handle add-on applications such as video conferencing and telecommunications.
  • Professional design– Our structured cabling is less cluttered than other cabling options. It does away with the multiple wiring systems that many companies currently use. We consolidate your IT system into a single, simplified infrastructure that’s capable of moving data in various formats. And we keep installation time to a minimum.
  • Customization – Depending on your requirements, we can install:
    • Fiber Optic Cable
    • Shielded Twisted Pair Cabling (STP)
    • Unshielded Twisted Pair Cabling (UTP)
    • Coaxial Cable
    • Low Voltage Data Cabling
  • Quality – You’ll have a team of cabling experts who use the highest quality of wiring and connectors. This provides the efficiency, stability, and speed you need to get your work done.

We Always Follow Best Practices

We begin by conducting a simple assessment of your network. Then we’ll design a cabling roadmap that will support your operations and align with your budget. We design and install your cabling according to the latest best practices. We will:

  • Leave lots of slack in the lines,
  • Label the ends of each cable,
  • Use cable ties rather than tape,
  • Keep cabling at least three feet from any fluorescent lights,
  • Cover any exposed cabling on floors with protectors, and
  • Test the cable as we go.

Will You Need Fire-Rated Cabling?

This depends on your facility and what it’s used for. Structures such as high-rises, stadiums and other commercial buildings require fire-resistant wiring. Our experts will install cabling that conforms to ULC-S139, “Fire Test for the Evaluation of Integrity of Electrical Cables.” The ULC requires a circuit integrity of 1-2 hours, depending on the application.

Fire-Rated Cabling is typically used for:

  • Emergency lighting
  • Emergency equipment (such as fans for smoke movement, venting fans, exhaust fans, and elevators)
  • Fire pumps
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Mechanical systems in hospitals
  • Contained-use areas

Questions? – Our cabling experts are here to answer your questions and to ensure your projects are done right the first time. Contact us for more information or for a complimentary consultation about your structured cabling needs. Call (239) 362-9902 or email us at info@pulse.tech.