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Structured cabling: the different types

The basic structure of the structured cabling is of a stellar hierarchical type, this includes a central server and several distribution units that can be divided into 3 levels :

Floor Distributor (FD): a unit that connects all the devices present on the same floor of a buildingforbel

Building Distributor (BD): going up the level, the FDs can directly depend on a unit that connects all the networks of the various floors of a structure;

Campus Distributor (CD): for more complex networks that touch several buildings, the BDs can be connected to a unit that is responsible for distributing the network to an entire district.

These units are based on standard 19 inch rack cabinets , which mount all the passive and active network devices necessary to distribute the network with maximum efficiency. The distributors and devices are physically connected by an intricate system of backbone cables integrated directly into the structure and, in turn, expandable through switches and “flying” cables. The dimensions of a structured cabling are strictly linked to the dimensions of the building that it will serve and, for more modern structures, it can be part of the original design of the building, being integrated like a water or electrical systemaccess control systems in Chicago.

What are the advantages of structured cabling?

The efficiency of a company is closely linked to the efficiency of its network and the design of structured cabling is essential to balance savings and performance . The choice to rely on the structured system rather than a more complex proprietary system guarantees important advantages in several respects:

Compatibility: structured cabling allows you to quickly connect all sorts of devices to the network, from PCs to IP cameras, passing through printers and smart devices such as voice-activated lights and automated doors;

Flexibility: once installation has been completed, the wiring can be updated by adding new devices, all without huge expenses related to building or electrical interventions;

Economic savings: maintenance costs are radically reduced compared to a proprietary system and it is very easy to intervene in the event of a breakdown;

Safe and performing: all computers can exchange data at very high speed and the internet connection will be efficient and without signal loss.

The use of structured cabling is essential to guarantee your company full connectivity and increase productivity by making each workstation fully operational in every situation.