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Structured Cabling that’s been installed correctly and configured to meet your needs is essential for any business that uses computer devices. It’s like the highway for your technology – It connects your computers, servers, and peripherals to the Internet and Intranet. If it’s not set up properly, you’ll be dealing with IT roadblocks like slow service and downtime.

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Structured Cabling that’s been installed correctly and configured to meet your needs is essential for any business that uses computer devices. It’s like the highway for your technology – It connects your computers, servers, and peripherals to the Internet and Intranet. If it’s not set up properly, you’ll be dealing with IT roadblocks like slow service and downtime.

What Is Structured Cabling?

Structured cabling is the design and installation of cabling systems to support multiple devices, such as computers and hardware. Smaller companies with just a few computers typically don’t need structured cabling, but as they grow and need to bring in data banks and additional workstations, cable management is essential.

Yes, Structured Cabling Still Has An Important Place In A Cloud-Based World

Today’s organizations are, out of necessity, providing more flexibility for their workers through mobile devices and cloud solutions. That being said, your growing business still needs onsite hardware like servers and powerful workstations with wired Internet connections.

When the need for hardware increases, it tends to cause “Cable Confusion.” Wired connections are often difficult to maintain, and without proper organization they can turn into a confusing mess. Think a tangled, twisted mess spilling off of server racks and shelves – not a pretty sight. This isn’t just annoying – it’s a serious problem that causes major setbacks if cables stay in this state and wind up damaged or disconnected. And, in a worst-case scenario, that nest of messy cabling can be a fire hazard.

The Benefits of Structured Cabling

By now you’re probably thinking, “This is all about keeping cables organized? Why would we hire outside help to handle something we can do on our own?” Well… The truth is that most people really don’t know how to organize cables and wired connections properly, and because of this, they set themselves up for chaotic failures. Like with just about everything else related to IT, it’s best to leave it to the experts. Here’s why:

  • Hardware upgrades are easier: From a technical standpoint, switching out or upgrading hardware is much faster and much easier with structured cabling. Technicians know where everything is and can quickly hook everything up – without having to waste time guessing at what goes where.
  • When something goes wrong, it gets fixed fast: Without structured cabling, it can take FOREVER to carefully check all the potential hardware problems when something goes wrong And that’s before checking to see if it’s a software issue, which is a whole other consideration. When following standards, troubleshooting becomes much easier, and as a result, there’s less downtime.
  • Safety: We already mentioned fire hazards, but structured cabling also helps prevent electrical shocks and keeps people from tripping over exposed cables.
  • Longevity: Cables tend to outlive the hardware they’re paired with in most cases. Structured cables are protected, meaning they’ll last even longer and won’t need to be replaced as often.

Standards for Structured Cabling

The Standards for Structured Cabling are governed by three different organizations:

  1. The Telecommunications Industry Association,
  2. The Electronic Industries Association, and
  3. The American National Standards Institute.

They oversee a set of standards for data and voice communications using various kinds of cable. These standards provide best practices that data specialists must use when setting up complex wired networks. With a properly installed system, requirements are met not just today, but in the future – when you add hardware down the road, it will be supported.

The Four Key Sections

Structured cabling is divided into four different sections. Each section serves as a checklist when installing and organizing cables. They’re meant to work together during the setup process.

  1. ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-B: This standard focuses on telecommunications wiring in commercial buildings for larger, widespread systems like local area networks, VoIP, video systems, and so on.
  2. ANSI/TIA-569-C: This standard deals with design and construction when planning for telecommunication wiring, both inside buildings and between buildings.
  3. ANSI/TIA/EIA-606-B: This standard focuses on the type of controls and oversight administrators use to manage telecommunications infrastructure inside a business.
  4. ANSI/TIA/EIA-607: This standard deals with commercial building grounding and bonding for telecommunications hardware. Digging into these standards reveals a long list of obscure technology and installation terms that many small and mid-sized businesses are unfamiliar with.

Cable Standards For Your Business

There are a lot of different situations where these standards can be used, and they each require different strategies depending on the situation. For example, working on an older building that’s been converted into an office may require more innovative solutions than if you were working in a modern office building built with these codes in mind.

This doesn’t even touch on manufacturer warranties and how they can place restrictions on how installation has to be approached, or how scaling up in the future will probably change cabling requirements. The bottom line? More often than not, structured cabling is more complex than it looks. That’s why it’s important to find vendors, service providers, and installation experts like Alltek Services who understand structured cabling and best practices.

Why Choose Alltek Services For Your Structured Cabling?

It’s important to install the right type, size, and amount of data cabling in the most strategic locations to make adding to your IT infrastructure in the future as simple as possible. Alltek Services has successfully completed hundreds of structured cabling projects in Polk and Hillsborough Counties. You can count on us for a reliable system, installed right the first time with the speed and stability you need. We’re committed to making sure you get the best value from our installation.

 What You Can Expect From Our Unified Cabling Design And Installation

  • Affordability from a value-based system– Our cabling decreases the need for maintenance expenses and updates. You’ll have more time and money.
  • Trouble-Free management with maximized functionality– Once your network is designed and implemented by our cabling professionals, it can be managed easily without much effort.
  • Easy expansion and flexibility– We take into account your potential expansion requirements so it won’t cost an arm and a leg to make additions to your system in the future. Plus, our structured cabling has the bandwidth to handle add-on applications such as video conferencing and telecommunications.
  • Professional design– Our structured cabling is less cluttered than other cabling options. It does away with multiple wiring systems, consolidating your IT system into a single, simplified infrastructure that’s capable of moving data in various formats. And we keep installation time to a minimum.
  • Customization – Depending on your requirements, we can install:
    • Fiber Optic Cable
    • Shielded Twisted Pair Cabling (STP)
    • Unshielded Twisted Pair Cabling (UTP)
    • Coaxial Cable
    • Low Voltage Data Cabling
  • Quality – You’ll have a team of cabling experts who use top quality wiring and connectors. This provides the efficiency, stability, and speed you need to stay productive.

We Always Follow Best Practices

Everything starts with a simple assessment of your network. From there, we’ll design a cabling roadmap that will support your operations and fit into your budget. Then, we design and install your cabling according to the latest best practices. We will:

  • Leave lots of slack in the lines,
  • Label the ends of each cable,
  • Use cable ties rather than tape,
  • Keep cabling at least three feet from any fluorescent lights,
  • Cover any exposed cabling on floors with protectors, and
  • Test the cable as we go.

Will You Need Fire-Rated Cabling?

That depends on your facility and what it’s used for. Structures such as high-rises, stadiums and other commercial buildings require fire-resistant wiring in order to be to code. Our experts will install cabling that conforms to ULC-S139, “Fire Test for the Evaluation of Integrity of Electrical Cables.” The ULC requires a circuit integrity of 1-2 hours, depending on the application.

Fire-Rated Cabling is typically used for:

  • Emergency lighting
  • Emergency equipment (such as fans for smoke movement, venting fans, exhaust fans, and elevators)
  • Fire pumps
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Mechanical systems in hospitals
  • Contained-use areas

Questions? – Reach out to our cabling experts to ensure your projects are done right the first time. Contact us for more information or for a complimentary consultation about your structured cabling needs. Call (863) 709-0709 or email us at

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