Corporate Network Cabling Solutions for The Digital Age

 The world is becoming increasingly wireless and hands-free, but traditional wired solutions are far from dead in the water. They offer definitive advantages over wireless technology and are still popular in the South African market. This article will look at the different kinds of corporate cabling solutions, as well as provide some tips on cable management once you have a new network installed at your business.

Before we look at the different kinds of corporate network cabling solutions, we need to quickly examine their advantages and disadvantages. The biggest advantage of traditional wired solutions is speed. While wireless networks aren’t necessarily slow, they cannot match the speed offered by traditional cabling. Wired networks also tend to be more secure than their wireless counterparts, although cybercrime against this network type is not unheard of (or even uncommon). Wireless options tend to be cheaper, but they are generally slower and can be more prone to signal interruptions and outages.

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The Different Kinds of Corporate Network Cabling Solutions

There are many different corporate network cabling solutions, with the three most prominent offered by CCI Technology Solutions being data, voice, and fibre. Each of these options has its own pros and cons, although it is common for businesses to use a mixture of the three to take full advantage of physical cables. Below is a description of each of the abovementioned options to allow you to make an informed purchasing decision.

Data and voice cables (telecommunications): This includes ethernet cables used in LAN networks, DSL / ADSL, and telephone lines. Ethernet cables are usually used to connect several computers locally. This creates a localised network that offers high speeds and better security. It is thus differentiated from DSL (digital subscriber line) and ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) in that the latter two make use of copper cables provided by local ISPs (internet service providers). ADSL and DSL aren’t technically very different, as the former is more of a subset of the latter and is distinguished by its asymmetrical (i.e., different) upload and download speeds. Most telephone or landline options also use copper and are often (but not always) a prerequisite for using ADSL.

Fibre optic cables. Fibre optic cables use light to transport information from Point A to Point B. While they are generally more expensive than the options mentioned above, they offer several distinct advantages. Copper cables may still be widely used, but they are physically limited in terms of the amount of information and data they can carry at a time. This means that they tend to be slower and there is a hard cap in terms of possible upload and download speeds. These limitations are all but absent from fibre optic cables, which are associated (and rightfully so) with lightning-fast upload and download speeds and incredible bandwidth. If something takes hours to download over an ADSL line, it might only take seconds with a fibre line. With access to more bandwidth and higher internet speeds, businesses can get more done. If you choose fibre over copper, your business will be “future proofed” for a long time.

Why Cable Management Is Important

Cabling is about more than connecting the right wires to the right ports and forgetting about it. When we install corporate cabling solutions, we make sure that the cables are optimally installed and arranged to ensure the longevity of the system. Proper cable management contributes to aesthetic value, but also increases system longevity by increasing air flow and allowing the system to cool down more easily. Electricity is constantly running through all the cables, which creates a lot of heat, which in turn needs to be managed effectively to prevent overheating and physical damage. The less heat is trapped as a result of messy cable organisation, the less pressure there is on cooling systems that are supposed to devote resources elsewhere.

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