Structured Cabling


Express-tek takes pride in offering excellence in design, planning, installation, maintenance, and certification for a quality voice, data, and optical fiber structured network cabling infrastructure that is accommodating to your business needs. Our services can help turn your business into a more efficient, effective and workable organization, resulting in greater productivity and seamless business operations.

Structured Cabling Services:

  • Network planning
  • Wireless networks
  • OSP/ISP network design
  • Campus network design
  • Datacenter network design
  • Design and troubleshooting
  • Surveys and heat mapping
  • Category 5e,6, 6A
  • Fiber
  • CATV
  • DAS

Telecom Engineering Certifications:

  • TPM
  • RCDD
  • NESC
  • VA, MD, NC Master Electrician
  • VITA
  • DCJS
  • Panduit – Silver
  • Commscope Uniprise
  • Siemon
  • Ortronics
  • Hubbell
  • Hellermann Tyton
  • Leviton
  • Bosch Video Management System Expert with Appliance Storage

Structured Cabling FAQs

What technology and systems do you use?

Express-tek stays on the cutting edge of technology in the telecommunications industry.

Why use Structured Cabling?
  1. Consistency
  2. Long life – structured cabling is an investment that will last for the long term.
  3. Support for multi vendor equipment – A standards based structured cabling system will support your applications and hardware even after you change or mix and match vendors. With proper structured cabling system you will not have to rework the cabling when you upgrade to another vendor or model.
  4. Simplify moves adds changes – Need to move a computer or TV from one room to another. Add a modem connection to the office. Add a two line phone, DSL, and fax to the office. Share files or printers between computers.
  5. Simplify troubleshooting – Even cables that were installed correctly can fail and they do. With a structured wiring system, problems are less likely to down the entire network, easier to isolate, and easier to fix.
  6. Support for future applications – Your structured cabling system will support future applications like multimedia, video conferencing, etc. with little or no upgrade.
Structured wiring vs conventional wiring?

Think of wiring as a pipeline for information. Conventional wiring has the data capacity of a squirt gun. By comparison, structured wiring, using Category 5 cables, has the capacity of a fire hose. Structured wiring can transmit more information, faster.

Conventional wiring, which is found in most businesses, consists of one or two twisted pairs of wires, and is adequate for basic voice, fax or data communications.

Structured wiring is more advanced wiring. Not only can it handle traditional telephone, fax and data communications, but also sophisticated video and data signals from computers.

What types of equipment can use structured cabling?

Structured cabling can provide for your current and future needs for electronic systems.

Installing a wiring system as you build your new home or office is only a fraction of the cost of retrofitting it later. Plan ahead.

Before hanging the first sheet of drywall, consider the electronics you’ll want in your new business or home:

  • Modem/Internet Access
  • Computers (s)
  • Telephone (s)
  • Television
  • Audio-Stereo
  • DVD and or VCR
  • Fax machine
  • Cable Access
  • Home Theater
  • Satellite Dish
  • Security System
  • Home Automation
  • Lighting Control

A properly designed structured cabling system will allow you to just plug into what you need, phones, cable, video, audio, computers and other electronics all work with a standard network faceplate, from anywhere in your facility.

Things change, advances in technology and changes in your like style or how you want to use technology can be accommodated if you plan correctly.

What is the difference between CAT 6 and CAT 5e cable?

Cat6 cables, also called Category 6 or Cat 6 cables, provide lower crosstalk, a higher signal-to-noise ratio, and are suitable for 10GBASE-T (10-Gigabit Ethernet), while Cat5e cables support only up to 1000BASE-T (Gigabit Ethernet). As a means of future-proofing your network, Cat6 is generally a better choice and worth the small premium in price. Cat5e and Cat6 cables are both backwards compatible, which means newer Cat6 cables can be used with older Cat5e, Cat5 and even Cat3 equipment.

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