Structured Cabling Systems

Your structured 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 all 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 marshal.

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.

UTP Cabling

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.

Routing and Switching

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.

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