Structured Cabling Hints and Tips

Welcome to our hints and tips page! On this page we will place information we feel will be useful for you to better understand structured cabling systems and techniques. These tips are intended for specifiers who wish to review choices of materials future projects - they are not intended as a DIY 'how to' guide.

Screened vs Unscreened Cable

Most UK installations use unscreened cable. Screened cable is used where security is paramount, or where cables run through plant rooms / factories where electrical equipment is installed. Two variants exist - FTP simply screens the bundle of 8 wires, STP also includes screens around each of 4 pairs.

This Video Tutorial illustrates this using the Siemon branded Screened MAX module. It gives a close up view of a typical screened system. Note the outer foil screen.

Requires Windows Media Player.