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We can design a complete structured cabling system that will be capable of handling all of your communication needs, whether it’s VOIP or computer cabling for each office. Don’t trust your infrastructure cabling to an Electrician or a person that is not certified.  Only use companies that know how to properly install Computer and Telephone cabling.  Structured Cabling lasts typically 15-20 years and can be expensive to repair if not installed correctly.

Cabling History:

The cabling industry has been changing since copper was used for transmitting Morse code in the 1800’s

Category 5E, is still used and will supply the bandwidth for most installations, Cat-5E runs at 100MHz or 1000base-T.  Most NIC’s (Network Interface Card) in computers for normal business run at this speed.

Category 6, is a faster cable with double the bandwidth of category 5E, it is more costly but if you want to be ready for the future and not have to re-cable your facility when your equipment is capable, this would be the correct cable to install.

Fiber Optic, for Backbone Cabling is also a service that we provide, Installation and testing is a specialized operation that you can count on the very best from our technicians. Don’t be fooled when it comes to fiber- FCC Communications, Inc. is your best choice.

Wireless, WiFi is becoming very popular, as speeds increase wireless is now what customers expect.  Check out our page on WiFi.

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What is Structured Cabling:

A Structured cabling system is a complete system of Horizontal Cabling, Backbone Cabling, and associated termination devices.  Structured cabling means all parts of the system are standards compliant and will support all other systems such as: Networks, Telephones, IP Cameras.

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The Six Subsystems of a Structured Cabling System


This information is based on two standards: ANSI/TIA-568-C.0 (Generic Telecommunications Cabling for Customer Premises), which is used for generic infrastructures, and ANSI/TIA-568-C.1 (Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling Standard), which is more commonly used with typical commercial building infrastructures.

Six Subsystems that make up a Structured Cabling System

1. Entrance Facilities (EF)

Entrance facilities contain the cables, network demarcation point(s), connecting hardware, protection devices and other equipment that connect to the access provider (AP) or private network cabling. It includes connections between outside plant and inside building cabling.

2. Equipment Room (ER)

The environmentally controlled centralized space for telecommunications equipment is usually more complex than a telecommunications room (TR) or telecommunications enclosure (TE). It usually houses the main cross-connect (MC) [Distributor C] and may also contain the intermediate cross-connects (ICs) [Distributor B], horizontal cross-connects (HCs) [Distributor A], or both.

3. Backbone Cabling

The backbone cabling provides interconnection between telecommunications rooms, equipment rooms, access provider (AP) spaces and entrance facilities. There are two subsystems defined for backbone cabling:

  • Cabling Subsystem 2 – Backbone cabling between the horizontal cross-connect (HC) [Distributor A (DA)] and the intermediate cross-connect (IC) [Distributor B (DB)]
  • Cabling Subsystem 3 – Backbone cabling between an intermediate cross-connect
    (IC) [Distributor B (DB)] and the main cross-connect (MC) [Distributor C (DC)] Recognized cabling:
  • 100-ohm twisted-pair cabling: Category 3, Category 5e, Category 6 or Category 6A
  • Multimode optical fiber cabling: 850 nm laser-optimized 50/125 μm is recommended; 62.5/125 μm and 50/125 μm is allowed
  • Single-mode optical fiber cabling

4. Telecommunications Room (TR) and Telecommunications Enclosure (TE)

A TR or TE houses the terminations of horizontal and backbone cables to connecting hardware including any jumpers or patch cords. It may also contain the IC or MC for different portions of the backbone cabling system. The TR or TE also provides a controlled environment to house telecommunications equipment, connecting hardware and splice closures serving a portion of the building.

The use of a telecommunications enclosure (TE) is for a specific implementation and not a general case. It is intended to serve a smaller floor area than a TR and may be used in addition to the minimum “one TR per floor” rule.

5. Horizontal Cabling – (Cabling Subsystem 1)

The horizontal cabling system extends from the work area’s telecommunications information outlet to the telecommunications room (TR) or telecommunications enclosure (TE). It includes horizontal cable, mechanical terminations, jumpers and patch cords located in the TR or TE and may incorporate multiuser telecommunications outlet assemblies (MUTOAs) andconsolidation points (CPs). The maximum horizontal cable length shall be 90 m (295 ft.), independent of media type. If a MUTOA is deployed, the maximum horizontal balancedtwisted-pair copper cable length shall be reduced.

Recognized cabling:

  • 4-pair 100-ohm unshielded or shielded twisted-pair cabling:
    Category 5e, Category 6 or Category 6A
  • Multimode optical fiber cabling, 2-fiber (or higher fiber count)
  • Single-mode optical fiber cabling, 2-fiber (or higher fiber count)
Horizontal Cabling Maximum Distances and Information Outlets

6. Work Area

Work area (WA) components extend from the telecommunications outlet/connector end of the horizontal cabling system to the WA equipment.

A minimum of two telecommunications outlets (permanent links) should be provided for each work area. Multiuser telecommunications outlet assemblies (MUTOAs), if used, are part of the WA.


When designing and installing structured cabling systems, chose the strongest foundation to support your present and future network applications needs. To ensure support of future technologies that utilize the latest advances in signaling, it is critical to be as informed as possible.

Call and we will evaluate your cabling so that you get the best possible cabling system for your business. Belden installer Reno, NV

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