Benefits of Networking
It should be no surprise that networking is one of the main aspects which helps to make a business successful. Networking involves connecting to potential clients through many different forms of media – perhaps most notably, via Internet and telephone. It can also unite workers within a business office by providing access to a public series of hard drives, allowing for easy file sharing within a company. Because of tools like customer databases or email templates, internal networking is hugely valuable to the infrastructure of a business.
Understanding the Structure of Network Cabling
The complexity of network cables is one of the main reasons that a qualified professional is necessary to set up a working system. To start, one must be well acquainted with the six subsystems of network cabling, as follows:
1. Entrance Facilities
Entrance facilities refer to the places where the network cables enter a building or other structure.
2. Equipment Rooms
Equipment rooms store equipment which may be used by the residents of a networked building. One does not have to be versed in network structure to utilise this equipment.
3. Telecommunications Rooms
Telecommunications rooms should not be accessed by anyone without a working knowledge of network cabling, as they contain the equipment which connects different sorts of cabling and makes it usable.
4. Backbone Cabling
Backbone cabling, as the name suggests, effectively forms the backbone of the entire cabling system. It connects the telecommunications rooms, equipment rooms and entrance facilities, allowing them to network with each other and with the outside.
5. Horizontal Cabling
Horizontal cabling is another vital piece of network cabling which connects individual outlets to the main infrastructure, allowing them to interact with the system.
6. Work Area Components
These components are the last piece of the puzzle. They allow individual devices, such as computers, to plug into and access the network system. Together, these six subsystems make up structured network cabling as a whole.
The Necessity of Network Cables
It’s true that many connections may be made wirelessly, but this does not diminish the importance of network cables. Computers may connect to a wireless network, but the router itself must be physically connected to the rest of the network with a structured cable system. The router is an example of work area component: it is present in the workplace, where it provides the link between the network and the individual pieces of equipment which can access that network.
Network cables facilitate that linking: they are the components which allow physical connections to be made within a building. The cables join all the separate pieces of the network system into one cohesive unit, which makes it possible for the network as a whole to function.
Setting Up a Network
The process of wiring a network using structured cabling is highly complex. The previously mentioned six subsystems are all interconnected, and must be wired in such a way that the cables do not get tangled or become obstacles in working areas. Furthermore, there is a very specific set of standards which control precisely how a network is structured.
Effectively setting up a network requires more than simply reading a diagram and figuring out where to plug in cables. In many cases, the process of installation will necessitate some degree of construction work to keep cables safe and out of the way. For this reason, it is essential to hire a team of professional networking specialists to ensure that everything is installed and positioned correctly.
The Importance of Quality Cabling
Clearly, it is very important to have network systems installed professionally – but more than that, it’s important that the cables and other components themselves be of a high quality. Network cables are relatively inexpensive and last for a very long time, much more so than any other pieces of networking equipment, so it makes sense to invest in superior cables that will perform at a high level for years to come.
It isn’t just durability that makes quality cables worth a little extra money, however. The actual performance of a structured network system is partly determined by the quality of the cables which link everything together. Simple though they may be, there is a definite difference in the performance offered by different cables. A good set of cables combined with expert installation can prevent ‘bottlenecking’ (which causes the network to run more slowly until resolved). For optimum performance and durability within a structured network, quality cabling is a must.