LAN Design and cabling – love your hidden friends

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In 1844, one of the founding Geeks –  Samuel Morse, sent a message 37 miles from Washington DC to Baltimore at a speed of 1-2 characters a second. Over the next 140 years, not a great deal happened ( a slight under statement, I know) until 1980 with the DIX standard for 10Mbps. During the 80’s many cables and coax types appeared but it was not until 1990/91 when the IEEE issued the 10BaseT 802.3i standard and Structured Cabling as we know it was born.

(There are rumours, that some financial institutions still use 10Base5 Coax and Vampire Tap connections for some internal data and tape transfer routines due to the physical security the legacy standard supplies – but just do an Ebay search for 10Base5 – someone’s still using it..)

With the demise of the traditional Sys Admin role, and you can’t argue with the job site listings, those who cannot raise a passion for coding, programming and software development might consider LAN Design and cabling for their career path – – if you have a passion for voice, data, electronic safety & security, project management and audio & video technologies then a RCDD qualification may provide an alternative career path.

BISCI publications provide detailed design and installation methodologies and standards providing a greater understanding of basic cabling/wifi installs to complete campus design.

Trust me cabling correctly is a tough game but with many buildings containing 20+ year old data cable and with the rise of the data centre you may want to consider the cabling design and install industry.  Get your hands on a copy of BISCI TDMM Telecommunications Design Methods Manual 1&2 -well worth the money.





John R

John Reidy is an IT Manager for a Transport & Logistics Group of Companies in the UK. John’s background is in Network support and design for the Ministry of Defence, commercial premises, Ports and Sea going vessels serving the European Ferry industry. A BICSI trained and qualified Technician and promoter of the methodology for optimised best of breed information transport systems he designs LAN/WAN solutions together with hosted and on premise Telephony PBX solutions. John currently supports 190 users over 8 companies throughout the UK and Middle East supporting all aspects of the business associated technology and infrastructure on a 24/7 basis.

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