Low-voltage cabling, often referred to as structured wiring, refers to the cable infrastructure that runs within a building, supporting its various technologies (fiber optics, telephone lines, voice, data, multimedia/computer networking, etc.) If you run a business, no matter how large or small, chances are that your company could benefit from low-voltage cabling. As long as its installed and cared for correctly, it helps manage all of your data communication systems via a simple platform.
Interested? Understandable. But first, let’s take a look at everything – from implementation to benefits – that you need to know about low-voltage cabling.
The Ins and Outs of Low-Voltage Cabling
1. Working with a Professional
The number one rule of low-voltage cabling is that you need to connect with a certified technician who is both versed and certified in implementing the new infrastructure. Do not – we repeat, DO NOT – just ask your general electrician to handle the wiring for your building; that is one of the most dangerous and ineffective things you can do. We’re not knocking electricians by any means, we just understand that this is a specialized process that requires the expertise of a trained professional.
So, we’ll reiterate once more: When it comes to installing and maintaining low-voltage cabling, it’s essential to work with a qualified, licensed contractor like the individuals at ITS. In many states or locales, a licensed contractor is required due to building safety codes. By turning to qualified low-voltage cabling suppliers, you can rest easy knowing your cabling is installed safely and efficiently. Any reliable provider will provide you with a variety of benefits including:
- Proof of reliable work and outcome
- Credentials (licensing, certification, etc.)
- In-depth consultation and explanation of the infrastructure
- Accreditation from vendors and manufacturers
- Standardization of cabling setup and switches
- 24/7, dedicated customer support services
2. Understanding the Multipurpose System
As we touched on briefly, one of the greatest advantages of low-voltage wiring is its wide range of applications in almost any type of building – from small business to major medical and educational outposts. Some of the most common applications for low voltage systems include:
Telephones: Telephone outlets are still a vital part of any business, and low-voltage cabling is used in multi-phone systems as well as computer networks. In many cases, the wiring comes in the form of fiber optics, Ethernet, or Wi-Fi setups.
Wi-Fi Networking: These days, almost every device in your office has some type of Wi-Fi capability. Low-voltage cabling is used to set up, manage, and maintain entire Wi-Fi networks.
Cable and multimedia: The need for cable in commercial structures is more relevant than ever before. With more and more businesses utilizing A/V equipment as well as subscribing to cable programming, low-voltage cabling is both a valuable and cost-effective means to install and use outlets like televisions, LED screens, projection monitors, and more. Before you install cable into your building, it’s important that you and your trusted service provider have a good understanding of where all the audio and visual equipment will be placed throughout the building’s landscape.
Security and Surveillance: Low-voltage wiring is crucial for mapping out the security and surveillance roadmap of your business and/or organization. For instance, wiring will be channeled to areas where video cameras, movement sensors, and alarms are implemented. Proper maintenance of a low-voltage cabling network better ensures the proper run and upkeep of your building’s various security measures.
3. Streamlining Efficiency
Cabling is the underpinning of your company’s Local Area and Wide Area Networks, communication systems, Intranets, and the Internet. How well the low-voltage cabling infrastructure is planned determines how fast the technology information your business requires is able to be communicated throughout the various outputs that run through your building.
Designing a low-voltage cabling system that just complies with today’s standards can result in an infrastructure that might be obsolete in two or three years. The evolution and growth of applications and new technologies are driving the need for higher-value and higher performance premise cabling. When your custom low-voltage cabling meets the needs of your business’ applications while simultaneously preparing for future high-speed applications, the result of the cabling effort leads to increased efficiency across the board for your company.
4. The ITS Difference
Understanding your unique business and network’s current state, overall company goals, and future desires all play an essential part in any new or updated Local Area Networking. Your low-voltage cabling installer shouldn’t rush the process; they should take time to get to know your organization, its needs, and current level of IT expertise.
At ITS, we focus steadfast on the success of your company. Network solutions are available with hundreds of features and functions – which is great if you know how to use them (and plan to use them). But if those features aren’t necessary, or if your IT partner doesn’t know how to use them, then those features and functions may not be necessary. Luckily, ITS takes time to get to know you, your business, and your unique stance. We ensure the highest quality and consideration, and take the time to provide the best possible services and structures for your needs, all without incurring unnecessary services (or their associated costs).