A structured cabling system is a complete system of cabling and associated hardware, which provides a comprehensive telecommunications infrastructure. This infrastructure serves a wide range of uses, such as to provide telephone service or transmit data through a computer network. It should not be device dependent.
It is a set of cabling and connectivity products that integrates the voice, data, video, and various management systems of a building (such as safety alarms, security access, energy systems, etc.)
The Advantages of Structured Cabling are:
Consistency & Cost reduction: A structured cabling systems means the same cabling systems for Data, voice and video. A structured approach in cabling also helps reduce maintenance costs
Support for multi-vendor equipment: A standard-based cable system will support applications and hardware even with mix & match vendors.
Simplify moves/adds/changes: Structured cabling systems can support any changes within the systems.
Simplify troubleshooting: With structured cabling systems, problems are less likely to down the entire network, easier to isolate and easier to fix.
Support for future applications: Structured cabling system supports future applications like multimedia, video conferencing etc with little or no upgrade pain.
Fault Isolation: By dividing the entire infrastructure into simple manageable blocks, it is easy to test and isolate the specific points of fault and correct them with minimal disturbance to the network.