7 Benefits of Structured Cabling

We’ve all seen a desk with cables dangling haphazardly from the back, or an office with network cables that are way too long looping out from the walls (or even running across the room!). If that’s you, then it might be time to consider some of the benefits of structured cabling.

In this blog post, we’ll be running through the top 7 benefits of good, structured cabling, and why our team at Whitestar Solutions are passionate about ensuring efficiency every time we implement a new data cabling system.

WHAT IS STRUCTURED CABLING?

Structured cabling, as the name suggests, is the act of logically arranging your cables. Good cabling keeps everything organised and running smoothly by creating patch panels and multi-port trunks that logically route each cable to where they need to be.  

Your organisation’s network infrastructure works almost like its nervous system, passing messages back and forth between your team. Poorly structured cables can be a nightmare to manage, and can cost your business more than you’d expect.

1. SAVE MONEY

Inefficient cabling will prove costly in the long run, for several reasons:

  • Disorganised cabling usually means installing cables that are longer than necessary. Longer cables are, generally, more expensive. When you scale that up, the costs can pile on.
  • Whenever you hold routine network maintenance, it’s much harder for engineers to do their job when working with untidy cabling. Well structured cables will expedite the maintenance process, saving you from hefty fees.
  • A highly flexible, well-planned cabling system will reduce power consumption, as fewer wires are required to perform critical tasks.

So, is it worth the investment? Absolutely! You don’t have to pay a premium to get your network installed correctly, so make sure you’re working with data cabling professionals who will nail your cabling and save you money.

2. PLAN FOR THE FUTURE

Holding a Teams meeting where people are dropping out or the connection is slow isn’t fun at all. One of the main advantages of a structured cabling system is that you’ll see higher bandwidth than before, with more efficient usage of network cables resulting in better connections and a reduced chance of issues.

As businesses become more reliant on their network infrastructure, having this reliability will become paramount.

3. SIMPLIFY YOUR SPACE

A nice, organised cabling system will simplify many aspects of your day-to-day. In your average office, many devices will be interconnected. Many devices = lots of opportunities for something to go wrong. With a simplified cabling system, it’s far easier to identify any anomalies and to fix problems as soon as they arise.

4. HEALTH & SAFETY

While this shouldn’t be an issue for most offices, we’ve definitely seen some health and safety nightmares in our time! Loose wires are a trip hazard, and tripping over cables can also result in expensive monitors, computers and more tumbling down from a desk.

5. IMPROVED SCALABILITY

Your network should be able to grow alongside your business. A well-structured network will enable this growth by being far, far easier to adjust and expand. Any infrastructure changes will be faster to implement (or deconstruct). If you’re planning a move to a new office space, then you’ll be glad to have properly structured wires that can be moved without too much hassle.

6. LESS CHANCE OF DOWNTIME

One of the main causes of network downtime? Human error. Organised cables are usually obscured behind panelling, meaning that there’s far less chance of someone accidentally tampering with critical cabling.

7. LOOKS GREAT!

Last, but by no means least, good cabling looks superb! A structured cabling system will be an aesthetic improvement every time. As changes made are less likely to deteriorate, your attractive cabling will stay in place indefinitely, meaning that it always looks its best.

STRUCTURED DATA CABLING SUPPORT WITH WHITESTAR SOLUTIONS

At Whitestar Solutions, we work closely with our clients to ensure that we have a comprehensive understanding of your business before any work gets done. Our UK-wide engineers specialise in data cabling, and are on hand ready to design, install, certify and manage fibre optic, RF and structured cabling systems. 

With years of experience under our belt, no structured cabling job is too difficult. We work with organisations ranging from schools to hospitals, so get in touch with us today to talk with one of our specialists about your unique needs. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have, or to advise you on the next steps that you need to take.


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