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Structured Cabling System (SCS)

What is structured cabling?

 

 

A structured cabling system (SCS) is a set of cabling and connectivity products that integrates the voice, data, video, and various management systems of a building. 

 

An SCS consists of an open architecture, standardized media and layout, standard connection interfaces, adherence to national and international standards, and total system design and installation. 

 

 

What are the advantages of a structured cabling system?

 

A structured cabling system takes a little more planning and can cost a little more. Why bother 

for just a small office / home office (SOHO) installation?

 

Consistency - An SCS means the same cabling system for everything. If your goal is to a eventually have a data network, high speed internet, VOIP,  or video conferencing then you should have a standardized cable plant. (see Cable Categories) A standardize cable plant will reduce costs for troubleshooting and adding on new locations or hardware.

 

Support for multi-vendor equipment - A standards-based cable plant will support your applications and hardware even after you change or mix & match vendors.  

 

Simplify moves/adds/changes - Need to move a connection from one room to another? Add a modem connection to the office? Add a two-line phone, modem, AND fax to the office? Share a file server or color printer?

 

Simplify troubleshooting - Even cables that were installed correctly can fail -- and they do. With a structured wiring system, problems are less likely to down the entire network, easier to isolate, easier to fix, thereby reducing the cost to repair failed cables.

 

Support for future applications - If you install a Category 5 compliant system, your cable plant will support future applications like multimedia, video conferencing,  with little or no upgrade pain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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