What is Structured Cabling?

In the old days, IT professionals were sometimes thought of as technical mavericks who could patch together available equipment and come up with creative solutions to support data racks and get desktops perking along. During those times, the industry was still in early stages of development and cabling was just a way to connect all the machines. Today, the IT industry has evolved. Almost every piece of tech in any business is IP based, from network devices to phone systems to electronic security appliances. Data demand has increased exponentially. This makes it more important than ever to ensure reliability of data systems. But that’s okay, because technology (BOTH software and hardware) has advanced to the point that systems can handle all that demand. We know we need the latest software and hardware, but for some reason it’s tempting to think we can cut corners when it comes to cabling. The truth is, cabling may be one of the most important components of a network. Substandard cabling can reduce the effectiveness of today’s sophisticated systems and take away some of the technological edge we believe we’re getting from advanced software and hardware. Any system is only as reliable as its weakest link. Structured cabling is an explicit discipline that has evolved to solve this problem. The term “structured cabling” refers to the standardized infrastructure of communications cabling that supports network components. The industry standard is a voluntary standard specified by the EIA/TIA TR-42 committee with input from many others in the networking industry..