The design of phone / data cabling is rather important because of the increase in devices that use it now and in the future. In today’s world we are sending 100’s of millions of bits per second over a thin copper wire. To have a solid network, the cabling must be certified from end to end; for the cabling is truly the foundation and backbone of your entire network. A poorly designed / installed cable infrastructure can result in costly downtime, corrupt data, and frustrating network errors.
How many voice & data drops will you need? A “drop” is basically one run of cable from a starting point (usually the wiring closet or server room) to the end point (usually an office or cubicle). Remember that for each office, cubicle or workstation, you will generally need one drop for the phone line, and one for the computer. We will also take into account drops that are required for things like dedicated network printers and fax machines.
Will the new space require plenum or non-plenum cabling? The answer to this will depend on the type of construction used in the new or existing location. If your cabling will need to run above a ceiling that is also used as a space for the circulation of air in a heating, air-conditioning and ventilation system (plenum space), then you will be required to use plenum-rated cable. Plenum cable is jacketed with a fire retardant plastic jacket of either a low-smoke polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or a fluorinated ethylene polymer (FEP), which limit the amount of toxic fumes in the event of a fire. Plenum cabling costs slightly more than non-plenum wiring, but it’s necessary to maintain code compliance. KKG will make sure the proper cable is specified for your situation, no need for you to worry about that.
Right now, you can get hardware and cable rated for Cat 3, Cat 5e or Cat 6. (Cat = category of cable specification) With cable, it’s easy to see the difference; it’s in the twists – higher performance cables have more twists. But jacks are harder to tell the differences. Trust us – they are different. KKG will work with the installer to make sure our design is followed and more importantly installed properly. With more and more companies and large residential adopting VoIP phone/voice solutions, KKG will design the proper solution for now and the future. KKG will elevate your present needs now and the future ones, designing a phone / data wiring solutions that will last.
We’re dedicated to personalized phone / data design for each client, whether individual, municipal or corporate. If you like the sound of that, and want to know more about how we deliver superior phone / data design services to our clients every single day, please contact us at 312.725.0011 or use the Contact Us page – we’re confident you’ve never met another security consulting company like us before, we pride ourselves on being a different type of security consulting company, let us show you how.