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Structured Cabling


J2 Technology Solutions offers best-in-class cabling solutions for voice and data. Our highly-qualified staff designs, installs and maintains industry leading turnkey network cabling services.

We offer cabling solutions for ethernet copper, Cat5, Cat5E, Cat6, Cat7 and overhead/underground Fiber.


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What is Structured Cabling?

When someone refers to structured cabling they are referring to a system of cabling with all the associated hardware. When all combined it makes up a comprehensive tele-communications infrastructure. This infrastructure can be used for multiple things, such as your traditional telephone calls, VoIP calls, or transmitting data throughout a network. You never want this system to be dependent on one device. Which is why a properly engineered structured cabling system is essential.

In any business setup the structured cabling point starts at the demarc. The demarc is where the service provider ends their responsibility of your telecommunications service. This is also referred to in some circumstances as the Network Interface Device or NID.

Every structured cabling setup is different. There are multiple variables that can affect how you should design your structured cabling system:

  • What is the physical layout of the building in which the cable will be installed
  • What technology will be chosen this dictates the cable, connections, and everything else included
  • What is the function of your cabling install
  • Future growth plans dictate what type of equipment will need to be ordered
  • If there is a current system in place can any of it be upgraded or retrofitted
  • Specific client requirements and warranties could dictate what is acceptable for use

Every situation is unique and has its own complicated setup. There is a standardization of installations that is necessary to ensure that every system maintains a level of performance and quality. The American National Standards Institute or ANSI with the assistance of the TIA/EIA are responsible for maintaining these standards as it pertains to designing, implementing, and maintaining all cabling installs.

There are multiple types of network installations. Small networks are referred to as LANs, larger than that are MANs or metropolitan area networks, and the largest being wide area networks or WANs.

Structured cabling installations have many different types of installs:

  • Entrance Facilities
  • Vertical and horizontal backbone pathways
  • Vertical and horizontal backbone cables
  • Horizontal pathways
  • Horizontal cables
  • Work area outlets
  • Equipment rooms
  • Telecommunications closets
  • Demarc extensions
  • Cross-connect facilities
  • Multi-user telecommunications outlet assembles or MUTOA
  • Transition points
  • Consolidation points

The entrance facility or demarc houses the transitions from the service providers cabling network to intra-building construction. When this occurs your on premise cabling is typically fire-rated cable. Once you enter this realm of cabling you are governed by the national and regional electrical codes.

Your entrance facility location is typically determined by the type of facility and the route of the outside cabling. The four principal types of entrance facilities are aerial, tunnel, buried, and underground (the most popular).


Category Cable

Fiber Optic Cable

Passive Optical Networks/GigaBit Passive Optical Networks

Voice/Data Design

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