If you are installing a network in a newly constructed building or upgrading the network in an existing building, it is a great time to consider your structured cabling choices. The goal of a network is to allow data transmission reliably, accurately and at a high rate of speed. Smooth network operation is critical to the productivity and profitability of your business now more than ever. As you are considering a new installation or upgrade to a structured cabling system, it is a great time to remember that the latest technology of today will serve you the best for the longest period. While cabling is far from the most expensive element of a network, it is the hardest to replace and you want it to last for at least 10 years once installed.
Here are some factors to consider as you design your structured cabling system:
- What systems will use the cabling? Even if you don’t have a unified communications system now, chances are you will at some point. VoIP, data, voice, multimedia, security systems, wireless systems and even power over ethernet devices are more and more frequently connected via one structured cabling system.
- What components will you use? Generally, it makes sense to invest in the best cabling and other hardware that your budget can afford.
- What will be the peak load and usage patterns of your system? This varies dramatically depending on what type of company or organization is using the system.
Security of your structured cabling is another major concern, whether you are trying to protect sensitive health information of your patients or financial information of customers. It makes sense to plan your structured cabling system carefully and invest in what you need now, as well as what you anticipate needing in the future.