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Structured Cabling Los Angeles

Structured Cabling Los Angeles

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five things everyone should know about network cabling
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5 Things Everyone Needs to About Network Cabling
Whether you need Data Structured Cablingfor your business or home, there are a few things you need to know in order to properly utilize the application of thesecommunication tools. It always will prove useful to consult with professionals whenlooking to wire your building or home for voice anddata cabling. Discussed here are fivethings you need to know about structured cabling.First, for office cabling, it must first be determined what exactly you need in terms of theuses for structured cabling. Do you needcablingfor voice and do you requirecabling for  data? Do you use the internet in your business, as most do today, and how manycomputers are in your network? If there is more than one, it will require a network, with aserver and properly ventilated server room, in order for the network computers to work together and give you efficiency in the work place. You may require video and data in aconference room, and this will determine also the type of cabling installation you require.For various applications, there are several types of data cabling to fit the requirements.Second, not allcablingis alike. For telephone usage, a Cat (or category) 3 is common.But for data usage, you require another category of cablingCat5 or Cat6.Thirdly, the type of cabling for structured wiring in your business varies in on of itself.It’s important to consider what you can afford now, but also to consider if it will besufficient with room to grow. It’s logical to purchase the most you can afford now, rather than have to restructure and expend more costs later with an upgrade. Remember thattechnology is always growing. Cat 3 is used for the Ethernet application and carries Datato 10 Mbps. Cat 4 will carry data to 20 Mbps (16 Mbps Token Ring), which is faster, buta Cat 5 for fast Ethernet carries up to 100 Mbps. Both Category 3 and Category 5 have amaximum segment length of 100 meters. Cat 5E cableis an enhanced version of Cat 5 that adds specifications for far end cross talk, and has superseded Cat 5 specification. Cat5E, in addition to Ethernet, is also used to carry a number of other signals such as basicvoice services, token ring, and ATM, (at up to 155 Mbps, over short distances). Category6 is used for gigabit connections. The cable contains four twisted copper wire pairs, justlike earlier copper cable standards and is backward compatible with the Cat 3 and Cat5/5e cable standards.Forth, consider Plenum versus non-Plenum. Plenum Cabling is structured cabling permitted under building codes for plenum spaces. Plenum rated cable has fire-resistant& slow burning casing that emits very little smoke. The space between the structuralceiling and the raised floor or under a dropped ceiling is usually considered plenum. The plenum space is typically used to house communication cablesfor a buildings telephone and computer network, and allows for a cooling and ventilated environment. No high-voltage powered equipment is allowed in the plenum space. It should be determined if your building.Finally, fifth, when consider all the options and requirements to fit your  structured 

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