1. Entrance facilities
The origin of the telephone company/Internet Service Provider network and it’s connection to the on-premises wiring. The connection to the outside world and vice versa.
2. Equipment Rooms
The point of consolidation for all equipment wiring. This could be a large room, or a small closet. This is generally rackmounts housing switches, servers and other networking equipment. The heart of the building, where all the veins branch out to bring forth precious data juice to the rest of the extremities. Optimized organization is a key component to efficient and reliable technology here, not to mention troubleshooting.
3. Backbone Cabling
The connection between the equipment rooms, telecommunications rooms, main terminal space, and entrance facilities. The backbone is the spine of your business network, the rest of the body can’t really exist without the spine; the spine creates the connection for your central nervous system and it transmits the signals from your brain to the rest of the body – the backbone is essentially the same and you can think of it as holding the same level of importance.
4. Horizontal Cabling
Inside wiring or plenum cabling – connecting the telecommunications rooms to individual outlets or work areas; usually through conduits or ceiling spaces of each floor. Keeping your cabling out of sight, out of mind and out of harm’s way!
5. Telecommunications Rooms
… or enclosure connections between the backbone cabling and horizontal cabling.
6. Work Area Components
The connection of end-user equipment to the outlets of the horizontal cabling system. This is where the importance of structured cabling becomes evident to your employees; a neat and orderly work area promotes efficiency. Tripping over wires promotes lawsuits.