Indy Business: Phone Cabling

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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.

To find out what kinds of rates we offer, simply request a quote or give us a call.  Thanks and have a great day!

Business Blog: Network Cable Alternatives

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Some locations are almost impossible to wire for modern network needs.  Places like parking garages, old houses and hotels, or almost anywhere that concrete was used will require a lot of time and effort to make a traditional network setup a reality.  But that doesn’t have to be the case.  Recent advancements in networking and wireless technology have introduced options that were unthinkable even as little as 5 years ago.

The first and best option for wiring an old building is to use powerline adapters like the TP-Link AV600.  Powerline adapters use your existing power lines and electrical outlets to send network signals.  They basically turn your power lines into a local, secure network.  We’ve used these to great effect in historical buildings and businesses.  And they are even stable enough to work with something that typically requires a constant connection like our Indianapolis Business Phone Service.  Plus, they don’t interfere with the normal functioning of your electrical system.

Another option is to go wireless.  With the newer mesh WiFi systems on the market now, you can achieve great coverage with no dead zones for very reasonable costs.  Our favorite system is the Mesh WiFi System provided by Google.  It is easy to setup, very affordable, and the extra ethernet port on the units can even act as a LAN connection for your network.  Because of these perks, we have almost completely phased out the older WiFi systems that rely on multiple access points wired to a central monitoring hub.  Those systems cost a lot more to install and maintain.

Even if you don’t need to wire an old home or concrete building, we think you can save time and money with the technologies recommended above.  And as always, feel free to contact us or call us at (317) 644-0075 if you have network cabling questions, or if you’d like to schedule a free networking consultation in Indianapolis, Indiana.  We’re always happy to help.