Structured Wiring & Cabling

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If you’re engaged in the construction of a new project that needs to be fully cabled or an office structure that requires only a few additional data drops, Florida Nerds will help you with all of your cable and wire needs.

As low voltage construction specialists and structured cabling provider located in Port St Lucie, we have vast experience and knowledge in offering professional voice and data cabling and wiring to all types of industries. We are in close contact with management companies, construction contractors, businesses, IT managers interior and architectural designers as well as business owners.

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  • Internet & Data Cabling – We create and set up systems for seamless communications and integration between IT devices by using fibre optics cables, cat 5e, and cat6 cables.
  • Communication Cabling – For the integration of office landline telephones.
  • Structured Cable – We utilize standard layouts that are used in the industry for office backbone connections that use fibre optics, CAT5e and CAT6e cables.

  • Server Rack Cabling – Professionally labeled and structured cabling that is designed to work around racks for data centers.
  • Cable and Wiring Repair Services – Diagnose and fix of issues and upgrades and improvements to existing wiring systems.

The Florida Nerds highly-trained technicians and installers of low voltage specialize in the design, construction and maintenance of highly functional and advanced networks that are tailored to your specific environment and needs.

Here’s more about Structured Cabling from the New York Nerds

Imagine purchasing a fresh desk lamp to use in your office. You’re excited to try the lamp however instead of connecting it to an outlet near by then you must run your extension cable all to the basement, to connect it to the breakers panel. You must follow the same procedure to power a brand new printer or other device that requires electricity.

The first IT networks were linked in like this – with patches prior to the introduction of organized cabling, and related standards were established. Simply said, structured cabling is an infrastructure for cabling that gives an organized, standard method of cabling that allows easy modifications to the IT network.

Alongside fixed connections, which are similar to fixed power cabling that connects through power outlets, structured cabling standards provide subsystems to help in the design, installation and maintenance and operations of IT networks.

Each of the major cabling standard groups, including ISO/IEC, TIA and CENELECestablished standards for structured cabling for commercial offices campus, data centers, and much more. These standards specify the kinds of cabling and the components that are employed in these areas include:

  • Categories 6A and 6A
  • Fiber optical cabling
  • Modular connectors

Standardization of connectors as well as fiber and copper cabling performance classifications and design guidelines has greatly simplified the design and deployment of IT networks.

The concept of structured cabling is so effective that non-IT applications like Building Automation Services security, building automation, and audiovisual in high definition have also adopted the same principle to ensure that the end device are able to be upgraded or changed out without needing to swap all cabling systems.

Things have changed since structured cabling solutions first began to be used in environments we live and work and work, but their benefits due to standardization have transformed them into an integral part of our lives and our society.

Every modern company must provide secure and reliable internet connectivity to its employee’s guests, guests, students, customers, and clients as well as their customers/clients. Today’s consumers (and also employees) are used to taking Internet access as a given. wireless connections specifically are now a common demand for a lot of.

Wireless access points (WAPs) are a practical way to connect users online. WAPs allow for numerous wireless connections between individuals and internet-based resources. However, it is ironic that wireless access points also require a cable for data to link wireless networks to the internet.

The Difference Between Wireless Local Area Networks and Mobile Wireless Technology

It’s crucial to understand that there’s a significant distinction between the local network (LAN) built with an installation of WAP and the mobile wireless technology that is offered by a cellular provider. Cellular carriers offer connections over an extensive area with 3G, 4G as well as LTE (long-term development) connections to data that are routed via the cell phone tower and which is then relayed onto the internet via the tower.

In contrast, WAPs create a wireless local area network which is typically restricted to limited space. The benefit of WAPs compared to using cellular data is they are wireless networks that that is created by an access point can be accessible to all users for free, unlike a cellular connection that might cost money to access (unless you’re on an unlimited data plan where they might be subject to data throttling once they’ve reached the limit of data).

In addition, there are mobile phones that do not come with cellular data at a reasonable cost, requiring users to use the mobile hotspot or rely on the local network of wireless. It is therefore crucial for all organizations to provide a wireless internet option.

Here are some WAP installation tips to aid you in optimizing your access point setup and return on investment wireless networks.

How many Wireless Access Points Do You require and where should you put them?

If you are planning the WAP installation, it’s crucial to think about how many access points you’ll need within a building and the best places they can be placed in order to guarantee consistent wireless connections throughout your facility. To accomplish this, you’ll require the following details:

  • The dimensions and shapes of the area of coverage in square feet.
  • The layout of the space and what construction materials are used to construct the walls;
  • The total number of wireless users will encounter during peak usage and
  • The application/throughput requirements per user.

If, for instance, you plan to cover a greater space with walls that are thick it is likely that you’ll require additional wireless access points to provide consistent coverage and connectivity. If you’re anticipating hosting many users who are using data-intensive apps You’ll likely require access points that offer faster data transfer speeds to avoid slowdowns as well as other issues related to your wireless network (keep on your toes that cables used to join WAPs with the Internet might also be a factor that limits your connection).

Before deciding the area where you’ll be deciding where your WAP installation points are, you should consider conducting a prescriptive survey and/or on-site surveys with a professional to figure out what your requirements are.

A professional who can assess the situations at the WAP installation site will provide a more precise image of the amount of Wireless Access Points your establishment requires. They can also give you the best placement suggestions to ensure steady and secure connections throughout your facility. As an added bonus, a professional installer can help you assess your projected consumption as your organization grows so you can future-proof your WAP installations–avoiding having to make an expensive upgrade or new installation when needs increase.

If there is no evidence of these details and assessments A good guideline is to ensure that there must be at minimum one WAP device set up in a honeycomb design for every 1,600 square feet of floor space. But this guideline is not a way to account for disturbances caused by walls or objects in the space.

The right Data Cables to Install WAP

One of the least-known components of the WLAN installation is the requirement for cable for data to transport data through the wireless access points to switches for network connections that are typically located within the Telecommunications Room (TR). Here are a few guidelines to specify the data cabling required for an installation of WAP:

    1. Think about the data rate that the cable. A data cable must support, at a minimum of a speed of 1Gbps (1 gigabits every second) to meet demands for speedy data transfer to the switches on the network. In the ideal scenario, data cable must be able to handle even higher rates of data (such like 10Gbps) to meet the an increase in bandwidth requirements.
    2. Check the current carrying capacity for Data Cables. Aside from carrying data, the cables that are used to connect the wireless access point should be able to handle the electrical power required to be in compliance with “Power over Ethernet” (PoE) standards. This permits the addition of additional devices without the need for additional electricity infrastructure (though there are limitations on Power over Ethernet). The older PoE standards allow for 15.4 Power in Watts for one single powered Device (PD). Current standards allow for 30 Watts for each PD, and the latest standards provide sixty or even more. This is why it is crucial to ensure that the cables that connect to the WAP device are able to handle these higher watts.
    3. Be sure to follow TSB-162A’s requirements. TSB-162A is an the TIA bulletin that provides guidelines for the use of telecommunications cabling in wireless access point. In TSB-162A, it’s stated that Category 6A twisted couple cabling, or optical fiber cables is suggested for wireless LANs in addition to other suggestions. These guidelines can be followed to ensure a seamless WAP installation, and maintain stability of the wireless network that is installed.
    4. Consider Both Current as well as Future Network Needs. When you are preparing cables, think about your future and current network requirements. Installing just the minimum amount of cabling right now could result in performance issues and costly reinstallation work in the near future, as your requirements increase and updates are implemented.
    5. Make Room for Slack in the allocation of cables. When using the square footage rule of thumb discussed earlier, or when conducting a predictive survey, it is important to leave some space in the provisioned data cables for the device side. This lets for the WAP gadget to be moved when the on-site analysis decides it is necessary to be moved to another location to ensure optimal performance.
    6. Think about your Cable Termination Options At the WAP Device End. There are two various ways to connect wires for wireless devices:
      1. The traditional method.This uses a regular female RJ5 Jack which requires patch cables to connect to the WAP device.
      2. Direct Connection Method. This method uses the male RJ45 plug that connects directly to the WAP device, eliminating the requirement of a patch cable.
    7. Check if you require a Shielded cable. As the name implies, Shielded Pair cable (STP) is equipped with an outer shielding layer that assists to limit crosstalk from other sources and other external interference that could negatively affect performance.
Installation of cables for computers as well as networks can be intricate and specific. Two of the most important cabling techniques that are used for structured cabling include backbone and horizontal cabling. These two types of cabling make up some of the basic elements of structured cabling.

While they may be distinct, backbone and horizontal cabling complement one another and are required for various types of cabling conditions and requirements.

What Is Backbone Cabling Comprised Of?

Backbone cabling is called cabling that offers an interconnection between entrance facilities areas for the equipment and telecommunications rooms. It is generally placed from floor to floor but it can also be installed between IT rooms located on one floor.

The backbone standard cable definition as defined by Telecommunications Industry Association(TIA) specifies that:

“The function of the backbone cabling is to provide interconnections…Backbone cabling consists of the backbone cables, intermediate and main cross-connects, mechanical terminations, and patch cords or jumpers used for backbone-to-backbone cross-connection. Backbone cabling also includes wiring connecting buildings.”

Cabling and backbone wiring may be classified into two kinds of cabling: intra-building and inter-building. Inter-building backbone wiring is placed between buildings while intra-building cabling is installed between IT rooms in the same building.

The Primary Components of Backbone Cabling Components

The key components of backbone cabling comprise:

    • Cable paths to create space for routing for the cabling. This could comprise options such as conduits, raceways, shafts or floor penetrations, such as slots or sleeves.
    • Connecting hardware like patches or interconnections, connecting blocks or cross-connections. Certain times, the hardware connection may be an amalgamation of these choices.
    • Backbone wiring , in itself, can be optical fiber, coaxial, twisted pair copper, or a mix of these cable kinds.
    • Support facilities are required if needed like cable support hardware, equipment for grounding and firestopping.

What exactly is horizontal Cabling?

Horizontal cabling runs from a Telecoms Room or enclosure to individual workstation outlets as well as the work Area Outlet (WAO). It is typically placed in a star configuration which connects each work space to the telecommunications area.

Cables made of copper (CAT5e, the CAT6a, CAT6e) is by far the most popular type of cable used for Horizontal runs. However, coaxial and fiber optic cables are also available. It is crucial to note that all horizontal cables, regardless of cable type, should be restricted to 90 meters from the Work Area Outlet and the connection point within the telecommunications area to be in compliance with the TIA standards.

The Difference Between Horizontal and Backbone Cabling
The horizontal and backbone cabling are different from one another in terms of the regions they are able to cover. Backbone cabling connects entry areas, equipment rooms and telecoms rooms Horizontal cabling connects telecommunications rooms with each outlet on the floors of the building. Backbone cables also run between floors, but horizontal wiring shouldn’t be. There are situations in which workstations’ horizontal cables on one floor can be routed through a telecommunications room on a different floor , but this isn’t a good method nor does it alter the label as “Backbone” even when the cables are running in a vertical direction.

The two different methods of cabling are also distinct in their specifications. Although they employ the same type of cable backbone cabling is a particular type of cable that has specifications because it is used between floors. It should be sturdy enough to withstand its own weight and properly secured to allow it to move between floors.

Furthermore that both backbone and horizontal cables must be in compliance with particular fire-rating requirements that will differ depending on the project. This is fairly straightforward for horizontal cables. However, cable for backbone (and inter-building backbones, particularly) can be complicated when cables are run underground. It is recommended to check the structured cabling professional to ensure the proper kind of cable is used in the location that they are installed.

Selecting the Best structured cabling Partners

Since horizontal and backbone cabling are essential components of structured cabling, it’s crucial to hire a reputable cabling expert design and build your infrastructure for cabling. An unprofessional design or inadequate installation can lead to numerous expensive and costly issues in the future for your company.

The Florida Nerds has been providing structured cabling services since 1994. Call the professionals with well over 25 years of experience!

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