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Written by Stu Kushner

Why Structured Cabling is Essential for Educational Facilities – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, educational facilities need to keep pace with technological developments in learning to be able to serve their students well. Part 2 will discuss Types of Cabling Installations and Available Applications.


Types of Cabling Installations


Copper Cabling – Copper systems are capable of providing the IT infrastructure needed for connecting network devices in every school setting. From single buildings to large campuses, copper cabling is capable of delivering the required bandwidth and reliability.


Fiber-Optic Systems – Fiber systems can certainly meet the technical demands of modern networks by delivering the distance and bandwidth requirements for current web conferencing and HD video applications and the future augmented and virtual reality applications.


Modular System Cabling – Modular systems can potentially lead to faster installation, significant savings, increased safety, and more flexibility because this approach will install prefabricated wiring to be utilized for building automation, electrical power, and telecommunications, eliminating the need to assemble the equipment on-site.


Traditional Cabling – Although requiring factory terminated connections and deep wall mount boxes, traditional cabling provides a less costly alternative to modular system cabling in the short term. The traditional approach works best for upgrading and retrofitting existing schools, rather than for new constructions.


Cabinets, cable management tools, and racks help organize equipment and cabling inside data centers and equipment rooms. This includes components and patch panels for managing cooling and power needs. Following structured cabling best practices, MACs (moves, additions, and changes) and documentation should be easier when they need to be performed.


Available Applications


The following applications are typically available in a structured cabling system.


  • Access control
  • Audio/Visual systems
  • Digital signage
  • Distance learning
  • Environmental controls
  • Fire and smoke alarms
  • PA system
  • Physical network security (blocks unauthorized access to network infrastructure)
  • PoE (Power over Ethernet)
  • Security systems
  • Video surveillance
  • Web conferencing
  • Wi-Fi


Progressive Office Cabling


Founded in 1986, Progressive Office’s success has been a direct result of years of commitment to seeking cost-effective solutions. Working together, Progressive teams are committed to getting your data cabling, access control, and telecom systems installed and operating while minimizing disruption and downtime. Call our toll-free number (800) 614-4560 today.

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.