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Daisy chain wiring also was used in residential applications utilizing the old red, green, black, and yellow four-conductor JK cables. Most homes had single line phones hooked up to the same master line. Computers and the internet were merely the wishful daydreams of imaginative people.
I am happy to spare you more details of yesteryear and fast-forward to our present day. You will learn that the term Home Run supersedes baseball statistics. Today our cable must hit a "home run" back to a single location (It could be the closet where you keep the mop bucket). Each cable is patched into a computer network, a phone system, or another IP internet protocol device.
So....what's the big deal concerning the structured part of structured cabling installation? A Cat5 cable is not necessarily a structured cable. Using the Cat5 in a non-structured application relegates its use to that of a regular, run-of-the-mill, 4 pair twisted copper cable. All the advanced engineering spent on the design of that cable is of no consequence if that cable is not properly installed for that application. Ponder a residential application where Cat5 cables are used to daisy-chain phone jacks together to connect a phone line to a home. That cable will work within very narrow applications, and the home will be limited to basic service experienced back in the 1980s
Today we have a superb choice of rapidly advancing products designed to enhance a common structured wiring system. Testing the system repeatedly following installation will ensure compatibility. We get no points for creativity. Everyone follows the same set of high standards. Splitting the pairs on a cable will render the cable sub-standard and useless in many structured applications. When the time comes to install a new computer network, insist on a qualified installation that includes proper testing and documentation.
Converged Technologies, Inc has the certified and experienced staff to ensure your implementation.
What Is Structured Cabling and Why Is It Important?
Hearing terms like Cat5, Cat 6, Home Run, Patch panels, etc. may be meaningless to you. Long-time wiring experts, however, understand the relevance of these applications and how essential they are to the wiring industry.
When the telephone industry called my name in 1982, business systems used the old 25 pair "fat wire" cables and eventually graduated to the "daisy chain" system of multiple pairs of 25. Color coding helped when it came to match the various pairs. White/blue and white/orange pairing created colorful displays that kept installers organized. Structured cabling is today's answer.