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Structured Cabling

Voice and Data Cabling Networks are crucial to modern enterprise. The structured cabling system, though it may represent only 20% of network investment, may account for up to 80% of network efficiency. Compared to the five-year average lifespan of active equipment, the 10- to 20-year lifespan of structured cabling systems means a weak system will command company operations far into the future.

If the structured cabling system is strong, providing high performance and designed to handle future needs, it will be transparent and no one will notice it. If the structured cabling system is weak, the network will under- perform and fail to give targeted data throughput; costly reworking of the whole buildings cabling infrastructure may be required when introducing the next generation of active equipment.

Ask any IT Manager what their most common network problem is and you will most likely hear them rant about cabling issues. In fact, cabling problems, which account for over 50% of network problems, cost companies millions annually. The most common problems are:

Low attenuation, Poor NEXT (near-end crosstalk), Poor ACR (attenuation-to-crosstalk ratio), Poor delay skew (data arrives at different times), Impedance, Poor return loss (also known as "echo"), Poor ELFEXT (equal-level far-end crosstalk) numbers for cable, connecting hardware and channel, Splices in cable, Mis-labeled cables.

All of these problems can be avoided if the cabling is installed and tested properly. The cable must be installed following strict and specific guidelines and the testing must be done using the right equipment calibrated for the latest standards (called certification).

*RCDD (Registered Communication Distribution Designer) certified. The RCDD is a designation earned by individuals who demonstrate superior expertise in the design, integration and implementation of telecommunications and data communications transport systems and their related infrastructure. RCDD status is globally recognized within the telecommunications industry as an indicator of the highest level of professional expertise.

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