Structured Cabling
Networking large data centres, retail, supply chain or office environments requires careful forethought, meticulous planning and expert knowledge. Secnet Technologies have a team of experts who specialise in the design, planning and management of structured cabling solutions, working around the needs of our clients in sometimes complex environments.
With our team of highly skilled engineers and strong relationships with the world's leading cabling and connectivity suppliers – we are well equipped to deliver all of your hardware, LAN, fibre optic and telecommunications requirements.
  structured cabling

  • Entrance Facilities– the building entrance facilities is the point at which the outside cabling, such as telephone and internet cabling, interfaces with the buildings backbone cabling.
  • Hub Room– here all the host equipment is stored which will serve the entire building and its users, design considerations of the equipment room for structured cabling is specified by the ISO, the Organisation for International Standards.
  • Telecommunications Room / Closet– house the telecommunications cables and equipment which connect the Backbone cabling subsystem and the horizontal cabling subsystem as well as the mechanical terminations.
  • Backbone Cabling – provides the connection between entrance facilities, equipment rooms and telecommunication rooms / closet.
  • Horizontal Cabling – connects the telecommunications rooms to the user work area outlets. It is important to remember that horizontal cabling should be configured in a star topology; each work area outlet is to be connected to a horizontal cross connect in the telecommunications room.
  • Work Area- connects the user equipment, such as telephones & PC's to the outlets of the cabling system.

  • Consistency– Having a structured cabling system ensures the same cabling system for Data, Voice and video resulting in fewer compatibility issues.
  • Compatibility – A standard structured cabling system will support a wide variety of applications and hardware from all types of vendors and will enable a mix and match of equipment.
  • Easy troubleshooting – Structured cabling systems allow identification of problems to be quick and easy. In addition the likelihood of the entire network going down is greatly reduced.
  • Fault Isolation– With a structured cabling system the entire network is divided into manageable blocks, therefore it becomes much easier to test, isolate and correct specific points in the system, with minimal disturbance to the overall network.
  • Future Proofing- Having a structured cabling system means that future applications can be supported such as multimedia and video conferencing with little or no upgrade requirements.

  • General Requirements
  • Office Premises
  • Industrial Premises
  • Data Centres
  • BS EN 50173-1
  • BS EN 50173-2
  • BS EN 50173-3
  • BS EN 50173-5
In addition to there being standards on distances and set up of a structured cabling system, there are standards set out on the type and class of cables and wires to be used within the structured cabling infrastructure. The most commonly used cable/wire standards used today are Category 6 Cable (Cat-6) also referred to as Class E and Category 5e Cable (Cat-5e) also referred to as Class D.

Category 5e (e representing Enhance) was first introduced to cabling standards in 1998 and was to be an improvement on the older Cat 5 although Cat5e is backward compatible to Cat5. It was introduced to support the wide growing use of 1000BASE-T (Gigabit Ethernet). It is important to note that despite the stricter performance standards, the Cat 5e cables do not enable longer distances for Ethernet networks; the cables are still limited to 238 feet (100m).

Category 6 was introduced in 2001 and is predicted to overtake Category 5e as the standard cable used in structured cabling infrastructure. Cat6 cables are backward compatible with Cat5e cables. As with the Cat5e standard Cat6 cables are for Gigabit Ethernet networks and can provide performance speeds of up to 250MHz. As with earlier copper cable standards the Cat6 cable is made up of 4 twisted copper wire pairs, the gauge of the wire can vary as long as it meets the testing standards.

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