Local Area Network (LAN)
A Local Area Network (LAN), is a network that connects machines in a limited area, such as a school, factory, office or campus. A LAN can be either wired (ethernet or fibre) or Wireless.
A network infrastructure might need to be adapted according to your organisational size and shape. A structured cabling system that is flexible, scalable and reliable will adapt to meet new demands.
Due to ever changing demands from technology, networks must be flexible enough to adapt to be able to support voice, data, video and multimedia applications. The growing size of networks and the introduction of higher-speed access methods create an overwhelming need for reliable, manageable cabling systems.
Careful planning is required to prevent congestion that can dramatically diminish your network performance. At the same time, due to the nature of technology, an enterprise demands flexibility in their network structure to meet the constant organisational change, such as that of personnel and new equipment.
Designed to accommodate frequent moves, increments and changes, a structured cabling system is the foundation of the modern information network. Through all the changes and challenges that confront your business, a structured cabling system can alleviate the workflow disruption and network downtime associated with office restructuring. No other component in your network has a longer life cycle or requires such close consideration, as the network cabling infrastructure.
A structured cabling system provides a universal platform upon which an overall information system’s strategy is built. A well-designed cabling plant may include several independent cabling solutions of different media types, installed at each workstation to support multiple system performance requirements.
- Copper Solutions – The standard for non fiber optic cable today is Cat6a. This follows more stringent specifications when it comes to crosstalk and cross system noise. Cat6a cabling offers speeds of upto 10Gigabit for upto 100m.
The structured cabling market always moves at incredible speeds, introducing new designs and emerging standards before the old are ones obsolete. We partner with leading edge manufacturers to offer solutions that will grow with your business while future-proofing your cabling infrastructure.
- Fiber Optic Solutions – For maximum versatility and durability, a fiber optic cabling solution can be implemented into your network. Fiber solutions offer speed and reliability from the building entrance to the desktop, whether it is in the office or on the factory floor. Fiber cable also provides greater bandwidth and longer transmission distances while improving the overall efficiency and security of your network.
- Low-voltage Cabling – Low voltage systems are used to support various digital technonolgies, that are not network or communication related. Applications include CCTV systems and HDMI displays.
The structured cabling infrastructure is designed to be relatively independent of the voice/video/data network that uses it, making it easier to manage, update and maintain. As an investment, structured cabling provides exceptional returns (ROI). A structured cabling system will outlive all other networking components. It requires minimal upgrades and ultimately, saves your business both time and money.
Advantages of structured cabling
- Consistency – Same cables exist everywhere in the building. Know what to expect instead of encountering layers of old cabling with unknown destinations saves a lot of time and money.
- Support for multi-vendor equipment – A standards-based cable system will support your applications and hardware even after you introduce hardware from multiple vendors. Upgrading will be highly simplified.
- Simplify changes – People and equipment are constantly moving locations. With structured cabling, the network resources are always there and can be easily transferred between one location and another.
- Simplify troubleshooting – Even cables that were installed correctly can fail — and they do. With a structured wiring system, problems are easier to isolate, easier to fix and less likely to down the entire network.
InterTek Labs can plan and install a structured cabling system that will grow within your company infrastructure for many years. Choosing the right cabling system is critical for performance as well as reliability. We can work with you to design a structured cabling system that will accommodate all your low-voltage cabling, include network, video, and voice.