cabling network is the backbone of
your business, when it's down, nothing works. Phones, printers and
copiers, file server access, internet, and web based applications all
rely 100% on the quality of your building's cabling. Most electricians
do not know how to properly run network cabling and coax, and not
cabling contractors know the cabling requirements in the national fire
code. If you make the wrong choice you'll end up with a network that
doesn't perform up to its potential, or earns you a fine from the fire
We use our extensive knowledge of networking at
all layers from the physical layer to the application layer to plan a
network that works for you, specifically, one that fits your budget but
allows room for future capacity and expansion. We can do this by
planning your network out end-to-end, from the type of cable used to
the configuration of switches and routers, up to optimizing the traffic
flow so that all of your applications run smoothly.
It all starts with the cabling, we use only
American made Commscope network cabling, which is available in Cat5e to
support up to 2.5GBASE-T or Cat6a to support future expansions to the
ethernet standard such as 10GBASE-T. All of our cabling is terminated
in patch bays in the comms room side and specialized "low voltage" open
back wall boxes on the user side, to prevent damage to the cable caused
by forcing it into an electrical junction box. We never staple, nail,
or otherwise affix cable to any structure that is not accessible, zip
ties and velcro cabling straps are the only suitable fasteners. We use
only plenum rated cable in plenum airspaces and risers.
For smaller buildings where no drop will exceed
300' we recommend a central comms rack with everything branching off of
a primary switch. No building is too small for its own comms rack, we
have wall mount rack frames as small as 6U. Larger buildings will
required a trunked structure where fiber cable is installed in risers
in a fiber-to-the-node topology, where local runs of UTP branch off of
a local switch connected to the fiber "backbone".
We can also work coaxial cable into your
structured cabling network. We use Commscope RG6 coax for runs of less
than 100 feet and Commscope RG11 for longer runs. On buildings with
more than three floors we recommend that at least three or four RG11
riser cables are installed, and that local cables branch off from these
risers. This should allow capacity for over-the-air, satellite, or
cable, or some combination of all three. Patch panels as well as
wall plates with keystone jacks are available with standard "F"
connectors rated up to 3 GHz.
Once your cabling
system is set up, we can work with your network engineer, or design
from the ground up, an efficient routing and switching topology to make
the most of your infrastructure. We install and service Cisco and
Mikrotik gear, covering everything from simple small-office/home-office
routers to large buildings with multiple routers and sub nets.