Hearing terms like Cat5, Cat 6, Home Run, Patch panels, etc. may be meaningless to you. Long-time wiring experts, however, understand the relevance of these applications and how essential they are to the wiring industry.
When the telephone industry called my name in 1982, business systems used the old 25 pair "fat wire" cables and eventually graduated to the "daisy chain" system of multiple pairs of 25. Color coding helped when it came to match the various pairs. White/blue and white/orange pairing created colorful displays that kept installers organized. Structured cabling is today's answer.
Daisy chain wiring also was used in residential applications utilizing the old red, green, black, and yellow four-conductor JK cables. Most homes had single line phones hooked up to the same master line. Computers and the internet were merely the wishful daydreams of imaginative people.
I am happy to spare you more details of yesteryear and fast-forward to our present day. You will learn that the term Home Run supersedes baseball statistics. Today our cable must hit a "home run" back to a single location (It could be the closet where you keep the mop bucket). Each cable is patched into a computer network, a phone system, or another IP internet protocol device.
So....what's the big deal concerning the structured part of structured cabling installation? A Cat5 cable is not necessarily a structured cable. Using the Cat5 in a non-structured application relegates its use to that of a regular, run-of-the-mill, 4 pair twisted copper cable. All the advanced engineering spent on the design of that cable is of no consequence if that cable is not properly installed for that application. Ponder a residential application where Cat5 cables are used to daisy-chain phone jacks together to connect a phone line to a home. That cable will work within very narrow applications, and the home will be limited to basic service experienced back in the 1980s
Today we have a superb choice of rapidly advancing products designed to enhance a common structured wiring system. Testing the system repeatedly following installation will ensure compatibility. We get no points for creativity. Everyone follows the same set of high standards. Splitting the pairs on a cable will render the cable sub-standard and useless in many structured applications. When the time comes to install a new computer network, insist on a qualified installation that includes proper testing and documentation.
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BICSI is a professional association supporting the advancement of the information and communications technology (ICT) community. ICT covers the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety & security, project management and audio & video technologies. It encompasses the design, integration and installation of pathways, spaces, optical fiber- and copper-based distribution systems, wireless-based systems and infrastructure that supports the transportation of information and associated signaling between and among communications and information gathering devices.
Current trends show a transformation in the work environment. Wide open, one-size-fits-all, wall-to-wall cubicle spaces are being replaced by an environment that is smaller, flexible, intimate, and fun. Employers are wooing a younger, more collaborative workforce that cares about things like the health and wellness of the work space and flexible working conditions. Connected devices such as sensors provide the intelligence that allows these flexible, healthy, efficient spaces to be created. These devices are part of the Internet of Things (IoT), which is changing the way we do business and manage our environment. Combine all this interconnected technology on the IP network with the ability to gather data and develop analytics and you have a digital building. The digital building isn’t a new phenomenon, but it is made more agile by IoT. More than 20 years ago, communication and data were converged onto the same network and access control and security followed several years later. Since the early 2000s, more and more systems have converged onto the network, making buildings smarter, more efficient, and easier to manage. Advantages of a digital building go well beyond energy savings and optimized building operations. For many organizations, the true benefit of a highly connected building is a more satisfying customer experience, higher employee productivity and satisfaction, better student performance, or improved patient health.
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