Understanding the structure of a network cabling install
The complexity of a network cabling install 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 that may be used by the residents of a networked building.
3. Telecommunications Rooms
Telecommunications rooms should not be accessed by anyone without a working knowledge of network cabling installations, as they contain the equipment which connects different sorts of cabling and makes it usable.
4. Backbone Cabling
Backbone cabling 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 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.
Setting up a network
The process of a network cabling install can be highly complex. The 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.
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.