What is Structured Wiring?

Question: What is Structured Wirin

What is Structured Wiring?

Unless you aspire to live “off the grid”, a lot of operations within your home depend – in the widest sense – on good connectivity. In this respect, you have probably come across the subject of “structured wiring”. But what is structured wiring?

To illustrate the concept, let’s compare it with your water supply system: Whether you use well water or city water, your home needs the proper infrastructure (pipes, pumps) to get your running water from the source to the various outlets (faucets, showers, toilets, etc.)

It might seem a rather simplified explanation, but you transfer this general concept to the world of electronics and telecommunications, the picture should become clearer.

Question: What is Structured WirinWhat is structured wiring – and why is it so important?

In contrast to your household plumbing, structured wiring does not deal with water and pipes, but with electricity, data, wires, and cables.

Fifty years ago, an average household contained a comparatively small amount of consumer electronics, appliances, telecommunication devices, and outlets. Therefore, the wiring needed to run these items could be kept relatively simple.

Since then, home electronics have come a long way, and this is especially the case for telecommunication, particularly in the form of the internet. This means we:

  • use more electronic equipment
  • use more energy
  • need different means of data transfer

In the context of a “smart home,” where your doorbell might be connected to your laptop, the tv is connected to the internet, and you can control the air conditioning with your cell phone, this is particularly important!

This means, your wiring needs to be more complex, of a different quality, and the structure needs to be well-planned to ensure smooth, efficient, and stable performance.  This is achieved by a network of cables (fiber optic, coaxial, Ethernet), which start out from a central panel (located e.g. in the attic, garage, or a closet) and from there connect each room or the house.

Structured Wiring Done by the Professionals

If you are a homeowner in the area of Pontotoc, MS, and your house does not have structured wiring yet, don’t worry: We can take care of it!  Contact our team of experts at Brad’s Electronics for more information!




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