Written by Stu Kushner

Network Cabling Pathways for Your Data Center

Used for running and routing cables, network cabling pathways come in various types. Below are the five kinds that are typically used.

  1. Conduits
  2. Fiber troughs
  3. Raceways
  4. Runways
  5. Trays

Conduits

Perhaps the most popular pathway is the cable conduit, commonly used for runs from the wiring closet to work areas. They are made of plastic or metal and come in various sizes to accommodate the type and number of cables utilized. They can be either flexible or rigid for horizontal or backbone cabling.

Fiber Troughs

Fiber troughs come in several capacity options to meet the increasing demand for fiber cabling. Splicing is made simpler and faster through fast splice accessories that come with pre-fitted screws. Cable installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting are also made easier via a tool-less cover removal allowing easy access, and security can be provided by bolting. All-steel construction provides robust cable protection, which can be earthed properly for the elimination of EMI and reduction of attenuation and noise. Steel also has several advantages over plastic, which is typically heavier and needs more supports for long runs. Lighter with greater rigidity, steel decreases deflection and requires 50% less supports, shortening installation times.

Raceways

Raceways make cable installations appear professional and aesthetic. They are often used to conceal cables where it is difficult to install them within walls. Utilized for surface-mounting horizontal cables, raceways are typically assembled using a modular approach. Connectors provided by the manufacturer ensure that a raceway does not exceed the minimum bend radius. They are manufactured from metal, plastic, or rubber. Mounting types include desk, floor, overhead, outdoor, and wall.

Runways

Cable runways are designed for Ethernet and low-voltage cables. They are also called ladder racks because they appear to have rungs like ladders. This design makes them very light in weight and provides complete visibility to the installed cabling, which eases maintenance and troubleshooting.

Trays

Composed of wires, cable trays are used for managing, supporting, and running numerous horizontal runs. They are known for making cable installation, maintenance and troubleshooting easier because of excellent accessibility.

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About Stu Kushner

Stu Kushner earned an Engineering Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. From there he worked at Boeing Commercial Aircraft, Hexcel Corporation and Case-Rixon as a computer design engineer and systems manager. He now works as the marketing director and project manager here at Progressive Office since its founding in 1986.

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