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Why use structured wiring?

  To avoid future disaster and Downtime

  Most businesses have felt the pain of IT failure at one point. No matter the source, preventive disaster control can be achieved with a correctly labeled and organized wiring rack. Cat5 VoIP to giga-bit fiber cables are subject to damage over time. A well-documented clean installation with labeling will get your IT systems back online.

TechVoo® Structured Wiring for all Voice and Data Installations Serving all of the Chicagoland area.

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Should structured cabling be used?

  Yes, Because it will save money and time in the future.

  Structured cabling is the implementation of a precise design for infrastructure cabling system that will support multiple hardware uses and be fitting for today’s requirements and the demands of the future.

With an accurately installed IT system, current and future requirements can accept new hardware that will be required for the future to support growing needs.

Structured cabling design and installations have a set of standards that specify wiring data centers, offices, buildings for voice or data communications utilizing numerous kinds of cable.

The most commonly used cable is category 5e (CAT 5e), 6 (CAT 6), 6a (CAT 6a), and fiber optic cabling.

These standards define how to lay the cabling in various topologies to meet the needs of the customer, typically using a central patch panel 19-inch rack-mounted.

All device outlets get patched into a network switch for an IP or PBX (private branch exchange) telephone system.

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Is Structured Wiring required?

  IT Equipment that benefits from structured wiring

  Structured cabling connects the individual devices in a modern office together within a centralized IT infrastructure. A division of data and equipment into their own discrete sockets makes it easy to streamline your network IT infrastructure.

An example would be running power cables near data cables, which can cause disruptive noise in your system, reducing efficiency.

Structured cabling takes all types of possible issues into reckoning a robust network infrastructure.

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CAT5 or CAT5e, Which is better?

  CAT5e supports Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-T)

  The bandwidth of the CAT5 cable is only 100 MHz, while the bandwidth of a CAT5e cable is 350 MHz. With this higher bandwidth that Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-T) can be carried by CAT5e cables. The CAT5e cable is fully backwards compatible with CAT5, and can be used in any application in which you would normally use CAT5 cable.

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What is the CAT5e Performance?

  Gigabit network speeds up to 328 feet

  Cat 5e has been around for over fifteen years. It gave the first look at what the One-Gigabit networks as a new opportunity.

The minimum network should be a least a Gigabit CAT5e network. Cat 5e wirers are 24 gauge twisted pair cables, which can provide a Gigabit network speed at distances up to 328 feet.

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Do I Need CAT6 or CAT6A?

  CAT6A specification has a higher bandwidth and distance

  Cat6a maintains bandwidth frequencies of up to 500 MHz, twice the amount of Cat6 cable, and can also support 10Gbps like its forerunner. Nevertheless, unlike the 37 meters speed limit of Cat6 cabling, Cat6a can support 10 Gigabit Ethernet at 100 meters.

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Conventional VS Structured Cabling

  Structured Cabling is an improvement over Conventional Wiring

  There are several reasons why a structured cabling system is preferred to conventional wiring systems. In a conventionally wired network, you'll often see tangled wires and cables going from computers to the hubs and then off to a router.

This infrastructure was probably installed over a long-time by several vendors. A structured data cabling strategy takes a logical and longer-term approach. It explores where the cabling is needed and organizes it cleanly and within the network's routers, switches, and hubs.

This high-level of organization in the cabling means that it will be simpler to install and troubleshoot everything in your IT system, from VoIP phones to company servers and computers.

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What is VoIP?

  Voice Over Internet Protocol - Digital Phone

  VoIP technology uses analog telephony services to communicate over digital networks.

VoIP is the technology that converts your analog voice into a digital signal stream, allowing calls to be made from any computer with a modem, or data driven devices. Basiclly, it’s a phone service over the internet. You may also hear it referred to as broadband telephony, broadband phone service, IP telephony, or internet telephony.

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