icon-chain Indy Business: Phone Cabling
Why is it so hard to find a business in Indianapolis that does traditional landline phone cabling? There are many reasons why, but a lot of them have to do with the switch to structured network cabling. Even if the signal from your phone system eventually travels across a telephone line, your office may utilize ethernet cables as opposed to the old 4-wire telephone cables when connecting phones to the server or PBX. Let’s take a look at why.
It’s all copper.
The old 4-wire telephone cables used copper wiring (traditionally wrapped in the colors red, yellow, green, and black). Today’s structured cables like Cat5E and Cat6 use 8 wires of different shades and stripes. But, any of those wires can replace one from the old 4-wire type. So if you have a new building to install cabling in, even if you know the business will use landline services, installing the future-proof network cable is still the smart thing to do.
Not many businesses advertise that they will install phone cabling in Indianapolis, but that doesn’t mean they won’t install cables that work fine with traditional phone jacks.
The phones are computers.
The best phone systems today are VoIP phone systems, which means all of the phones use the 8-wire network cabling to connect with their central PBX. The PBX may send and receive calls using landline phone wires, but those connections don’t need to run throughout a whole building. On top of that, the landline service provider will probably install those connections for the customer, leaving the rest of the cabling to someone else.
The good news is that landline telephone companies are usually more expensive, so you’re better off going with a network cable installer like us. We can provide the same materials and expertise without all the overhead a traditional phone company has.
Ask about discounts.
If the cable installer also provides phone service like we do, there’s a good chance you can get some or all of your install done for free. After all, a long-term phone customer is better to have than a onetime cable customer.