Nearly every piece of technology in your business requires a connection. Computers, security systems, TV’s, and more all need to be connected to your network in a way that allows for easy access and troubleshooting. The organized system of hardware and cabling that connects all of these devices is called structured cabling and it’s essential to the security, efficiency, and scalability of your business.
While you don’t necessarily see structured cabling everyday, having a clean and organized infrastructure is absolutely crucial because of these 5 benefits:
Structured Cabling Minimizes Downtime
If you want to minimize downtime, structured cabling is a must. Structured cabling helps you recover from outages quickly because it’s easy to diagnose problems and troubleshoot them as they happen. It also helps you avoid costly downtime because the systems are more reliable in general. Additionally, if there is an outage or interruption, it’s less likely to occur again in the future thanks to the improved design of your network.
Being able to easily add or remove devices is a great way for your business to grow. As an example, you can use structured cabling to expand the number of employees who have access to their own workstation at any given time. Or if you’re starting from scratch with a new location, structured cabling will allow you to easily add devices as you expand over time.
As another example, let’s say that one of your employees decides they want their own phone line at their desk instead of sharing one with everyone else in the office. With structured cabling installed in place before this employee joined the company, all it would take is calling up your network provider and adding one more device onto the system in order for this change to happen seamlessly without needing any extra equipment or downtime on behalf of other employees using shared phone lines right now (which means less hassle overall).
When it comes time for an upgrade or expansion of your business space, structured cabling makes that process much easier as well. If you need additional ports or outlets in your office connected together quickly and easily (say if someone wants additional desk space), just add another drop on the same cable bundle without needing any additional wiring work done!
Structured Cabling Looks Clean and Organized
Structured cabling gives your business a clean and organized look. Whether you’re looking to maintain a professional image, or just want to make sure all the wires are tucked away, structured cabling is the way to go. In addition to providing for a neat appearance, properly installed structured wiring can also help with troubleshooting issues as well as security and maintenance.
It Can Help Manage Your IT Infrastructure
By installing structured cabling throughout your business, you’ll be able to make sure that each piece of equipment is connected through its own separate line—which means that any problems will be easier (and faster) to fix. Additionally, because everything has been laid out logically in advance by an expert cabling professional who understands how networks work best, any future upgrades or changes won’t require extensive rewiring work either!
There are plenty of other reasons why structured cabling makes sense—it’s easy to add, update or change devices, and it generally looks better than the tangled mess of cables that can appear when using patch cables. But these five benefits should be enough to convince you that if you haven’t already implemented structured cabling in your office, it’s time to do so. And if you’re replacing old wiring or technology, consider structured cabling as a solution for future-proofing your business.