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Cimcom Services  will wire your building so that new equipment can be added, changed, or relocated without installing new horizontal cabling or moving existing lines. The plan will anticipate future needs and requirements and extra outlets in vacant areas will be pre-wired to avoid future disruptions. Eventually when expansion occurs, the work areas will be ready. We will install the highest capacity cable system within your budget. Using Category 5 cable for both voice and data outlets is also a great way to make the horizontal system extremely flexible for future applications. 

Horizontal cabling connects work area outlets in a building to the telecommunications closet or server room.  If the site only has one building or is only a single floor building, it will be the only type of cable installed. Since horizontal cabling carries voice communications, data communications, and local area network (LAN) traffic, carefully planning of the installation is important.  Horizontal cabling will be installed in a star configuration with each work-area outlet connected to a telecommunications closet. 

The horizontal cabling will never be visible.  Drop ceilings, raised access floor, conduit, wire raceways, ceiling pathways, cable trays, under carpet raceways, inter-stud wiring methods can all be used to hide the wire. 

The total cable length will not be more than 295 feet (90m) from the work area outlet to the telecommunications closet. The work area patch cable will be no more than 10 feet (3m) and the patch cables and jumpers in the telecommunications closet will not add up to more than 23 feet (7m) for a total maximum of 328 feet (100m). It is recommended that a patch cord should not exceed 16.7 feet (6m) and that a maximum of 2 patch cords per run is used. The above guidelines are provided by the EIA/TIA 568 Commercial Structured Wiring standard. 

Each work area will have a minimum of two outlets: one for data and one for voice. If there is demand for high-throughput applications in some work areas, you may want to consider installing fiber to one of the outlets. 

When installing horizontal cabling Cimcom Services will avoid running cable close to any electrical facilities that generate high levels of EMI like photocopiers, motors, transformers, and elevators. We never install the horizontal cabling in the same outlet as electrical components. If running the horizontal cable parallel with electrical wiring, we keep it at least 15 inches away. If we must cross electrical wiring, we do so at a 90 degree angle. 

A true structured cabling system (flood wiring) may be more expensive to install, but the cost of any staff moves is less expensive as the user can plug straight into an outlet already in place and a simple re-patching at the patch panel, is all that is required. Should the need for extra points occur there would be no extra costs in the cable laying as it would already be in place. Therefore, structured cabling systems are far more flexible in meeting the changing needs of the modern office environment than just providing sufficient outlets to meet today's requirements.  


Key Benefits of a Cat 5E Network

  • Benefit 1 The failure of a PC or its disconnection does not affect any of the others on the network.
  • Benefit 2 PC to outlet connection is simple.
  • Benefit 3 Any future expansion does not involve closing the network down to provide service to the additional points.
  • Benefit 4 Only one cabling system needs to be installed as it supports both voice and data.
  • Benefit 5 The cabling system will support higher operational speed without any further cabling changes.

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