Structured Cabling

Structured Cabling Solutions: Boosting Efficiency, Productivity, & Growth

A structured cabling system installation is an investment in a scalable infrastructure. As technology demands on business and organization continue to grow, it’s imperative that your network can support the needs of your team in terms of speed and bandwidth. A structured cabling solution will pay big dividends on your organization’s future ability to grow and expand with efficiency.

Most small businesses use point-to-point cabling systems that work well but present challenges when the business experiences growth and expansion. You’ve heard the phrase “it’s a spaghetti nest of problems”, and in a point-to-point cabling system, that can be painfully true. Sifting through connected cables just to add or change a contact point can be daunting. Sometimes, just locating the desired cable that needs moved or updated can take much longer when the system is unorganized.

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What is Structured Cabling?

To meet the increased demand for speed and bandwidth, structured cabling systems came into use and are now the best solution for a business’s network. Structured cabling is an infrastructure solution made up of smaller, standardized elements. They can be installed in a building or across a campus, creating a scalable network that will make your organization more productive, secure, and agile. It’s a network cabling solution that organizes infrastructure and provides your business with a technology platform that can address the hardware, security, VoIP communications, BDA systems, and other data needs of the future.

Structured Cabling Components

Patch Panels

A patch panel is essentially an array of ports on one panel. Each port connects, via a patch or trunk cable, to another port located elsewhere in your building.

If you want to set up a wired network that includes multiple wall ports in various rooms, a patch panel in a central location can provide a simple, neat and easy-to-manage solution.

patch panel in a structured cabling infrastructure


A switch, in cabling, is a component of the system that receives, processes and sends data. The switch connects your patch panels so you can connect devices to a network and share data and access the internet.

Trunk Cables

A trunk is a cable that connects to patch panels. They consolidate the number of wires running between patch panels. Essentially, they’re a grouping of wires that are bound into one big cable to keep everything neat and organized.

switches connecting patch panels

The Optimum Fire & Security team of fire and security specialists can develop a comprehensive structured cabling system for your facilities. Contact us for a no-obligation assessment today.