What is structured cabling?
Structured cabling is the design and installation of a cabling system that is able to support multiple hardware uses that will be suitable to function with the ever-growing technology.
Structured cabling consists of 6 sub-systems;
- entrance facilities; the point where phone companies network ends and connects with the om-premises wiring belonging to the client.
- backbone cabling; the inter-building and intra-building cable connections in structured cabling between entrance facilities, equipment rooms and telecommunications closet. It consists of the transmission media, main and intermediate cross-connections and terminations at these locations.
(This system is mostly used in data centres)
- Equipment room; house equipment and wiring consolidation points that serve the users inside the building/campus.
- Horizontal cabling wiring; this wiring can either be standard inside wiring (IW) pt plenum cabling. It connects telecommunications rooms to individual outlets or work areas on the floor, usually through the wire ways, conduits or ceiling spaces of each floor.
- Telecommunications room/enclosure; connects the backbone cabling and horizontal cabling
- work area components; connect end-user equipment to outlets of the horizontal cabling system.