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In today’s technology-driven and demanding world, businesses need solid structured cabling systems to support business-critical applications and operations. They are the foundation of the customer network and have a direct impact on achieving true network reliability.
In essence, structured cabling is the wired infrastructure that determines your available bandwidth and network capacity and is consistently responsible for transmitting data, voice, wireless access points, security, PoE, and more. It must be designed and installed properly, as bad cabling can be responsible for up to 80% of network failures, resulting in unnecessary downtime and productivity losses.
Activo’s cabling specialists and network integration experts are ready to help you identify and plan for a structured cabling infrastructure that reflects current and future needs and budgets. As a network systems integrator, we take a holistic approach—understanding how you need to use your structured cabling infrastructure both now and into the future. This enables us to design and implement an integrated and future-ready structured cabling system.
Activo offers two types of cabling, copper (unshielded twisted pair (UTP) and shielded twisted pair (STP)) and fibre.
Copper cabling is the less expensive option, however it is slower. Fibre cabling on the other hand comes with a higher price tag, but it’s more reliable over longer distances and delivers faster speeds.
Keep in mind it is often beneficial to deploy a cabling infrastructure that uses a combination of copper and fibre, making it capable of supporting Ethernet or other protocols as required. In making your decision, be sure to consider all current requirements as well as future needs.
UTP cables do not have any metallic shielding around the copper wires. They are smaller, cheaper, and easier to install than STP cables. They are more vulnerable to noise interference, however, which makes them ideal for domestic and Ethernet connections. They are available up to category 6 with maximum data speeds of 1000Mbps and maximum bandwidth up to 250MHz.
In STP cables, the wires are encased in a metallic shield. Although they are bulkier and more expensive than UTP, they are the ideal choice in areas with a lot of electromagnetic interference (like an industrial setting). They are available up to category 6a with maximum data speeds of 10 000Mbps and maximum bandwidth up to 500MHz.
Single-mode fibre is the ideal choice for long-distance transmissions (over 3000ft) and has a small light carrying core of between 8-10 microns.
Multimode fibre is the preferred option for medium to short-distance transmissions (under 3000ft) and has a larger light carrying core (62.5 microns or larger).
It’s crucial that your structured cabling systems be designed with the future in mind since cabling will likely outlast the majority of the technologies they currently use and support including computers, servers, and network switches. Overhauling your cabling down the road can come with high price tags and impair your organization’s ability to accommodate changing technologies and growth.
We build your network, putting the necessary hardware, software, network, and controls in place to make systems work harmoniously together.
The Age of the Information Society is turning disparate platforms into interconnected, interoperable, and smart networks. We work with you to ensure you are able to take full advantage of emerging trends.
Our highly trained and certified technicians monitor, maintain, and enhance your networking infrastructures throughout their lifecycles—saving you time and money while minimizing risk.