Structured Cabling Design / Implementation

Coupled with a detailed Assessment and Planning engagement, our engineers and consultants plan and design a structured cabling system that will allow your business to cost effectively plan, install and manage the complex cable and fiber infrastructure required by today's networks. Our senior telecommunications consultants understand the high cost of physical plant change and implementation, and the challenges of effectively maintaining that physical plant for an increasingly mobile work force. Employee moves, additions and changes can also be managed through this solution.

Skynet Technologies’ senior telecommunications consultants with broad experience in cable and fiber plant design and implementation can assist businesses in deciding the best investment of scarce IT resources into new infrastructures. Designs are consistent with today's business needs, characteristics, and requirements. Along with the information transfer needs of organizations, the solution incorporates planning, required facility modifications, installation planning and implementation, start-up and check out, testing and certifications, and on-site support services.

Use Structured Cable Design and Implementation to:

Ensure manageability, operability and infrastructure requirements are part of the planning, development and deployment of the project plans. Improve overall IT availability, performance and quality-of-service levels by aligning development and deployment of new applications or equipment with operational requirements.

What exactly is Structured Cabling Design?

Structured Cabling is the design, documentation and management of the lowest layer of the OSI network model - the physical layer. The physical layer is the foundation of any network whether it is data, voice, video or alarms and defines the physical media upon which signals or data is transmitted through the network.

Approximately 70% of your network is composed of passive devices such as cable, cross-connect blocks, and patch panels. Documenting these network components is critical to keeping a network finely tuned. The physical medium can be copper cable (e.g., cat 3, cat 5E), coaxial cable, optical fiber, wireless or satellite.

Key components of the Structured Cabling design include the entrance facility, main equipment room, backbone cable, backbone pathway, Intermediate Distribution Frame (IDF) and horizontal distribution system. We can show you how to develop an online inventory and management system that will let you take control of these critical infrastructure resources.

Entrance Facility

The service entrance is the point at which the network service cables enter or leave a building. It includes the penetration through the building wall and continues to the entrance facility. The entrance facility can house both public and private network service cables. The entrance facility provides the means for terminating the backbone cable. The entrance facility generally includes electrical protection, ground and demarcation point.

Main Equipment Room

The main equipment room serves the entire building and contains the network interfaces, Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS), data equipment (e.g., servers, shared peripheral devices and storage devices) and telecommunication equipment (e.g., PBX, Voicemail, IVR).

Backbone Distribution System

A backbone distribution system provides connection between entrance facilities, equipment rooms, and telecommunication rooms. In a multi-floor building the backbone distribution system is composed of the cabling and pathways between floors and between multiple Intermediate Distribution Frame (IDF) rooms. In a campus environment the backbone distribution system is composed of the cabling and pathways between buildings.

Intermediate Distribution Frame (IDF)

The Intermediate Distribution Frame (IDF) typically serves the needs of a floor. The IDF provides space for network equipment and cable terminations (e.g., cross-connect blocks and patch panels). It serves as the main cross-connect between the backbone cabling and the horizontal distribution system).

Horizontal Distribution System

The horizontal distribution system distributes the signals from the Intermediate Distribution Frame (IDF) to the work areas. The horizontal distribution system consists of:

  • Cables
  • Cross-connecting blocks
  • Patch panels
  • Jumpers
  • Connecting hardware
  • Pathways (supporting structures such as cable trays, conduits, and hangers) that support the cables from the Intermediate Distribution Frame (IDF) to the work areas.

Why Document Your Cable Plant?

Your network is one of your company's most valuable assets. It's the central nervous system of your organization and it's growing along with your network management problems. Your challenge is to harness the power of exploding technology and make it work for you. Every minute spent tracking data, reconfiguring your cable plant or searching for the source of a problem means loss of time and productivity and loss of profit. Cable plant documentation software can help maintain the integrity of the network by tracking the continuity through equipment, patch cords, cross-connects, connectors, cables and outlets. It encompasses the design and maintenance of the cable plant. Cable plant documentation can be an ally against the ravages of system downtime, giving you the power to configure your cable plant so you have fewer network problems.

Cable Plant Documentation Can:

  • Reduce the time it takes to modify the original installation.
  • Minimize network downtime.
  • Increase the life of a cabling plant.
  • Reduces the number of technicians needed to handle problems.

Let us work with you to develop a Network Management System that you can use to manage all of your cable plant requirements including all the connectivity, connectors, pathways and device relationships to truly visualize and understand your network's infrastructure. Let's get started today, just contact us.