With wireless access being the norm there still is a place for structured cabling installs. In fact, structured cabling serves as the backbone of wireless networks, joining wireless access points together enabling businesses to access their wireless network throughout their premises. Structured cabling is great for high-speed networks, VOIP handsets, PDQ machines, server access, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, CCTV, door entry systems, display screens, printers and many other uses.
What is structured cabling?
If you are a Bristol or South West based business looking for additional network outlets or an entire network infrastructure, we can provide a solution that will give your staff the ability to work faster and more efficiently. We specialise in the design, installation and maintenance of all data network cabling including Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a, Cat7, Cat8 and Fibre-optic cables which are connected via a series of routers, switches and hubs to create your network infrastructure. Our accredited engineers have vast experience in updating older systems and installing completely new networks.
How is structured cabling installed?
We provide fully tested, inspected structured cabling installations. We start by discussing your requirements and what you want to achieve, we fully audit your existing IT equipment and plan for future requirements, we then conduct a full site survey and provide you with an installation plan and timeline. Installation takes place either over the weekend or out of office hours to minimise the disruption to your business. Once the installation is complete we provide ongoing support and management services. Our process is designed to ensure that there is a smooth transition to your new working environment and that your network is future-proof for many years to come.
Structured cabling design
We will work with your floor plans to find the best place for the outlets, including the wireless access points. If your office is managed by a third party building contractor we liaise with them to confirm the design and installation plan.
Fluke Network certifying
If you are moving to new premises that haven’t been rewired for a number of years we will check whether the existing install is up to standard – not only the cables but also the outlet sockets, these often get damaged or are just hanging in there. Identifying faults prior to the move will save you any downtime.
Fault finding and diagnosis
Our IT support geeks will cure problems with your existing installs, these can be faulty and intermittent connections between buildings or just within the office space.
Patch cable installations
We will make the cabinet patching schedule look a lot tidier for your peace of mind, if your current patch bay is looking a mess of multi colour cabling that nobody wants to go near, we can ratify the setup and produce a clear patching schedule.
Why do we need structured cabling?
Typically, office cabling infrastructure is installed over many years, with elements added as and when a connection was required for a new piece of IT equipment. The office has often been home to a number of companies with different IT requirements. Upgrades and additions to the cabling network will have been made by different people with varying levels of technical skills. Which means that you are left with cabling that is unstructured, untidy and doesn’t provide the bandwidth and security that you need for the latest voice and data equipment.
As the name suggests, structured cabling is organised to take into account your business requirements, not just for today but also as it grows and your needs change in the future. A resilient network will mean that your business can take advantage of data-hungry services such as streaming music and video, VOIP telephony and video conferencing as well as emerging technology.
Offices that rely on a structured cabling network find it simple to install new devices as technology advances and to connect additional IT equipment as you employ more people. It will ensure that all of your technology communicates and operates at maximum speed while troubleshooting issues with printers, laptops, servers and other devices connected to your network also become far easier.
What are the benefits of structured cabling?
There are many benefits to structured cabling for your office:
1. Still better than WiFi
No WiFi connection can beat a cabled one!
2. Easier to manage
Replacing an unstructured cabled system with a structured system makes it easy to quickly connect desktops, laptops, telephones and printers without the need for extra messy wiring. Simply plug the new device into a network socket and you are ready to use it straight away.
3. Flexible working
Modern working practices require more flexibility than in the past. Practices such as hot-desking save precious space because it means everyone doesn’t require their own dedicated desk. Staff can move around the office and plug in their laptop and get to work.
4. Move with the times
Emerging technologies and applications typically use more data which requires more network bandwidth. We are moving to a world where more and more intelligent devices have the ability to connect to the internet to enable us to control them remotely and do clever things without us having any need for human interaction. From devices that control the lighting and room temperature to fridges that order groceries when you run short. All of which require more bandwidth to operate.
5. Save your money and time
Structured cabling requires a one-off investment after which you don’t need to pay any time that you want to add new people or devices to your network. Just plug them in and they can start working straight away.
6. Faster resolution of technical issues
All structured cabling equipment conforms to defined standards. All manufacturers of networked IT equipment must adhere to these standards. This makes it easier and quicker to resolve network issues.