Selecting the Right Structured Cabling Solution for your IT Infrastructure

Why Should I Worry About Cabling?


Selecting the right structured cabling for your IT infrastructure is crucial for ensuring reliable and efficient network connectivity.

If you have an upcoming cabling project, ask yourself a couple of questions first.

1. Consider the installation and maintenance: Do you have the resources internally to install new cabling? If so, do you understand what materials you need to order, along with any accessories and installation tools?

    • You will also need to choose products that are compatible with your existing infrastructure and equipment – unless you need both a new network AND new cabling installed.

     • If that’s the case, consider an installation company when you choose new materials, and ask about what technical support will be like, as you’ll likely need it not only right after installation but for the near future.

2. Budget: While cost is an important factor, prioritize quality and performance over upfront savings. Investing in high-quality cabling can yield long-term benefits in terms of reliability, performance, and reduced maintenance costs.


“I Don’t Know What I Need for Cabling!”

Then you should find a great cabling/IT service provider; they’re worth the time and money. Why?

1. First, chat with them about your project – Then They Can Recommend the Cabling You Need: Industry standards are changing all the time. You’ll need to select the appropriate types of cables based on your needs. Common types of structured cabling include:

      • Twisted pair copper cabling (e.g., Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a): suitable for Ethernet and other data networking applications. Higher categories (e.g., Cat6a) offer better performance and support higher data rates.

      • Fiberoptic cabling (e.g., single-mode, Multi-mode): Ideal for long-distance and high-bandwidth applications. Fiber offers higher data transfer rates and immunity to electromagnetic interference (EMI) compared to copper cables.

2. Consider how much cable management you want to do: Opt for cabling installation that provides efficient cable management and organization. Not only do neat cables look good, but it helps to have them organized when you’re troubleshooting or performing maintenance.

3. Assess current and future needs: Begin by assessing your current and future networking requirements. Consider the size of your organization, the number of users and devices, expected data traffic, growth projections, and the types of applications and services you use now, and plan for the future.

4. Plan for scalability and flexibility: Choose a structured cabling solution that can accommodate future expansion and technological advancements. This is the only way to adapt to changing business needs and emerging technologies without the need for major infrastructure overhauls.

5. Evaluate performance and warranty: Assess the performance specifications and warranty offerings of different structured cabling products and the installation work. Consider the length and terms of the warranty provided by the manufacturer or vendor, and whether they honor their warranties only if installed by a certified partner.


With thorough research and evaluation, and some professional direction, you can choose the right structured cabling solution that meets your organization's needs and requirements for a robust and future-proof IT infrastructure, now and for the future.

Send us a note or give us a call today at 734-408-0200 about your cabling needs – we’re happy to chat and provide advice!  

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