Blog_Wire_for_Wireless_smallerNetwork infrastructure, specifically cabling, is often not recognized publicly for its value. This is probably because a great infrastructure is designed and installed, so cabling is out of sight, out of mind and out of the way. Most industry talk today is of wireless and its growing ubiquitous availability, and by the very definition of the term, suggests “less wire.” However, I think focusing on the savings in cabling is a distraction from the true advantages of wireless, and is a little misleading. There is still a lot of wire in wireless.

In fact, there will be a need to “wire more to wireless,” as wireless networks transform to smaller and smaller cells to achieve the capacity and coverage users and devices require. And with the much heralded advent of the Internet of Things, the number of connections required will only increase.

Regardless of the talk of a future wireless world, such a place will still be highly dependent on a network infrastructure based on cables, albeit a large part of it being optical fiber rather than wire. As such, all infrastructure considerations must begin with a structured approach to cabling. Structured cabling is the accepted way of dealing with the proliferation of interlinked electronic devices. Because a single type of copper and/or optical fiber cable is able to meet a variety of communications needs, the wide adoption of structured cabling will continue as applications expand from voice, data and video to include building automation systems, security systems and other control networks. However, different cabling types have restrictions on their applications and specific capabilities. Design teams will need to evaluate the choice carefully with the building use and longevity in mind.

Hopefully very few building developers today would dream of specifying a new office without adequate vertical ducts, generous floor-to-ceiling heights or access floors. Also, simpler design strategies for rehabilitating older buildings are becoming routine. Designers are finding ways to achieve simpler, cheaper and neater architectural solutions to problems associated with accommodating networks. Also, it is now far more common for clients, IT specialists, facilities managers, and all of the many and varied members of building design teams to “be on same page” during the design and building process.

The process of diffusing networks throughout organizations is not – nor ever will be – complete. Wherever, whenever and however connections arrive, there always will be trouble and change. There is no doubt organizations are increasingly dependent on communication networks and, therefore the relationship between networks and building design is simply far too important to the survival of many organizations ever to be forgotten or ignored.

Do you want to learn more about how to wire more for wireless? I bet you do. 

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James Donovan

James Donovan is Vice President of the CommScope Infrastructure Academy. James joined CommScope in 1993 and has held positions in Sales, Technical, Marketing, Training and Business Development and served most recently as VP of Digital and Creative Services for CommScope. James oversees the CommScope Infrastructure Academy, which is CommScope’s partner and customer training platform. Prior to joining the company, he held positions at GEC, ITT and Alcatel. He holds a Masters Degree in Engineering and a BSc Honors degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

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11 comments for "Network Infrastructure Begins with Cabling, Even for Wireless"
Schaffhouser Electric Wednesday, May 03, 2017 12:34 PM

People often think they can handle data cabling on their own—by simply plugging this cord into that outlet. And while that approach works just fine in the home office, things get far more complicated, and the stakes get higher, in business settings.

Gravity Systems Monday, January 08, 2018 7:23 AM

I love this article. This is very well written. You have truly enriched me with some excellent knowledge about Network Infrastructure

Ahmedbasheer Saturday, February 17, 2018 10:42 AM

In general network cabling is require for design a new network structure.
Thanks for sharing nice article.

James Donovan Monday, February 19, 2018 4:02 PM

Thank you for your comments

Cat5e Plenum Thursday, September 06, 2018 4:51 PM

I love this article. This is very well written. You have truly enriched me with some excellent knowledge about Network Infrastructure

Alfred Tuesday, November 13, 2018 7:35 PM

It’s important to make sure you install the right network cabling. Running the wrong network cabling for your business can end up being very costly.

MobiChord Tuesday, December 18, 2018 7:11 AM

Indeed. Your article is very informative and useful in Network infrastructure. Thanks for sharing.

Rafay buksh Thursday, January 31, 2019 6:53 AM

Hi i found your website what advantage of network infrastructure begings with cabling even for wireless

sandhya Wednesday, May 08, 2019 7:22 AM

Useful article that you shared here.

Mark Watson Wednesday, August 07, 2019 5:01 AM

With IoT, we are seeing different structures being proposed for optimum network structure.

Amelia Friday, August 30, 2019 8:03 AM

Iot makes our lives much easier with wireless technology . well written blog

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