Structured cabling design and installation is governed by a
set of standards that specify wiring data centers, offices,
and apartment buildings for data or voice communications
using various kinds of cable, most commonly category 6
(CAT6), and fiber optic cabling and modular connectors.
These standards define how to lay the cabling in various
topologies in order to meet the needs of the customer,
typically using a central patch panel (which is normally 19
inch rack-mounted), from where each modular connection can
be used as needed. Each outlet is then patched into a
network switch (normally also rack-mounted) for network use
or into an IP or PBX telephone system patch panel.
Structured cabling is the design and installation of cabling
systems that will support multiple hardware uses systems and
be suitable for todayís needs and those of the future. With
a correctly installed system your requirements of today and
of tomorrow will be catered for and whatever hardware you
choose to add will be supported.
Lines patched as data ports into a network switch require
simple straight-through patch cables at each end to connect
a computer. Voice patches to PBXs in most countries require
an adapter at the remote end to translate the configuration
on 8P8C modular connectors into the local standard telephone
wall socket. No adapter is needed in the U.S. as the 6P2C
and 6P4C plugs most commonly used with RJ11 and RJ14
telephone connections are physically and electrically
compatible with the larger 8P8C socket. RJ25 and RJ61
connections are physically but not electrically compatible,
and cannot be used. In the UK, an adapter must be present at
the remote end as the 6-pin BT socket is physically
incompatible with 8P8C.
It is common to color code patch panel cables to identify
the type of connection, though structured cabling standards
do not require it except in the demarcation wall field.
Cabling standards demand that all eight conductors in
Cat5e/6/6A cable are connected, resisting the temptation to
'double-up' or use one cable for both voice and data. IP
phone systems, however, can run the telephone and the
computer on the same wires.
Regardless of copper cable type (Cat5e/Cat6/Cat6A) the
maximum distance is 90m for the permanent link installation
and an allowance for 10m of patch cords at the ends
combined. Cat5e and Cat6 can both effectively run PoE
applications up to 90m. However, due to power dissipation
there is better performance and power efficiently with Cat6A
cabling running POE devices if being incorporated into a new
As the Regional Distributor of Schneider Electric CIS
provides both Digilink & Actassi range Copper & Fiber range
cables, components, Modular plates, panels & Connectors.
As a Schneider RD CIS will help you to provide solutions as
per customerís requirement, also provide Pre Sales support
to connect with the customer and fulfil the customerís
requirement through their SI partner.