Structured cabling is the process and organization of installing and organizing cable systems to ensure long term, reliable information. While CompTIA doesn’t want you to be a cable installer, a good tech understands structured cabling and can work with installers.
you could take a switch like this, … put it in the middle of a room, plug it in, … and then you could have everybody make their own cables, … plug it into the switch, … and then go ahead and plug it into their individual systems. … Well, that would be a really bad idea, … because you're leaving cables all over the floor … so it's a hazard, not only to people, but to your data. … and then we can connect when we need to. … This is known as structured cabling. … Now structured cabling begins usually in a closet … or some kind of room that we will often call … the Main Distribution Frame … or Intermediate Distribution Frame. … It's the closet where the equipment is, … and we're going to see something like this. … This is a 19 inch equipment rack, … and it's extremely standard. … In fact, not only is the 19 inches standard, … but these heights which are known … as a u are extremely standard as well. … So this thing which we don't know what it is yet … is one u high. … Here's a switch that's designed to be mounted into a rack. …
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