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Cable Distribution Options To Consider



To avoid cabling nightmares, consider these cabling options based on your particular facility situation.


By Gislene D. Weig   Power & Communication

OTHER PARTS OF THIS ARTICLEPt. 1: 6 Ways To Avoid Office Cabling and Wiring Nightmares Pt. 2: Pay Attention To Cabling Industry Standards Pt. 3: This Page

There are a variety of cable distribution pathways to consider. The best choice varies based on building condition, cost, and flexibility.

For open office spaces:

• Modular furniture system: Uses utility columns from the floor to the ceiling in the work area for cable distribution (pathways), or raceways. 

Common types of raceways in the market:

• Surface mounts directly on walls, in carpet, under carpet, or on carpet and floors.

• Recessed raceways integrated into the walls, furniture, and other surfaces.

• Single- or multi-channel raceways that support different systems, and may have physical separation.

For in-floor distribution:

• Floor boxes used on-grade, above grade and raised floors can come pre-wired or wired on-field.

• Pedestal and flush poke-thrus, which can come pre-wired or wired on-field.

• In-floor duct systems such as walker-ducts, and cellular raceway systems.

For in-wall distribution: Outlet boxes installed in drywall, plaster, or concrete block walls come in various sizes. Single gang are most commonly used for telecommunications.

For above-ceiling cable distribution: Cable trays, basket trays, J-hooks, and cable loops are all commonly used in the industry.


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6 Ways To Avoid Office Cabling and Wiring Nightmares

Pay Attention To Cabling Industry Standards

Cable Distribution Options To Consider

posted on 3/22/2018

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