Everything You Have Ever Wanted To Know About Structured Network Cabling
Structured network cabling is not a new concept. In fact, the idea has been around since we started using cords and cables (and even before that to manage twine, wool, wires, etc.) At a surface level, structured network cabling is pretty self-explanatory – it is the organisation and structuring of cables and electronic wires in a specific way for functional and aesthetic purposes. This article will cover both aspects of structure network cabling but will focus on the functional and practical side of it.
Structured Network Cabling Can Improve Performance
Before diving into the deep end of network cabling and why good organisation is important, we first need to look at what cables are and how they work. This might seem like a simple and almost frivolous exercise, but it is important to understand how cables work before we examine why structured and organised network cabling is necessary for the longevity of a system. Please note that this is not meant to be a thesis on the mysteries and inner workings of electricity and cables but rather a surface-level exploration that covers only certain basic facts.
There are three basic components to a cable – the cable wire itself (which is usually made with copper, but fibreglass alternatives exist), the insulation for the cable, and then a sheath or jacket that covers the first two elements. The cable itself usually serves as a connection between two or more points (such as a power source and an end device, in the case of regular electrical cables, or as a data link between two computers). These cables are highly conductive and transmit electricity between the connected points. If it’s just a regular electrical cable, then the electricity is conducted from Point A to Point B (or vice versa), allowing you to use the power provided to operate whatever device is connected. Data cables work similarly in that they also transmit an electrical current, but this current is slightly different in that it transmits an actual signal in the form of data. The voltage in the cable alternates slightly to produce a series of numbers (ones and zeroes), which a computer then decodes and interprets as data that can then be consumed by us.
The problem with poor cable management
Due to the nature of wires/cables and electricity, the cables can overheat quickly due to the strong current and large amount of electricity flowing through it. The various elements of a cable mentioned above are meant to keep both us and the cable safe, but they are nowhere near enough to outright prevent accidents or malfunctions. Cables that are constantly exposed to a lot of voltage will decay and break down over time, which could lead to catastrophic consequences such as short-circuiting, power failures, and even electrical fire. These problems are only exacerbated with poor cable management, which means that proper, structured network cabling is not just important but essential to the healthy functioning of a system.
In the long term, good cable management can help you save money on maintenance costs and help improve the overall aesthetic value of the office or area where all the cables are. Although somewhat marginal (but not entirely insignificant), it could also help reduce your company’s carbon footprint by a small amount by virtue of reducing the need to constantly replace cables and reducing the strain on cooling systems.
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