Designing, installing and maintaining a reliable physical cable plant is essential to the well-being of today's mission-critical LANs. End-user organizations, builders, property owners and contractors hire you as a professional consultant to analyze, design and recommend telecommunications products and services.
Contractors and installers—the professionals who are responsible for designing, installing and certifying structured wiring networks for their customers—are facing huge challenges as well as opportunities in today’s market. Several trends are having a dramatic impact on networking and on the roles of these professionals, who are charged with planning and deploying networks for organizations.
Support of the enterprise network falls to the Network Engineer, and the network is only as good as the copper or fiber infrastructure that supports it. Network engineers and their cabling plant need to be ready to support the latest networking technologies. And as the final escalation point for any performance problem, the Network Engineer need to have the tools necessary to determine if problems are in the network or elsewhere.
A dominant trend in industrial automation is the shift from proprietary communications structures to the networking standard of Ethernet and Internet Protocol (IP). Prior to the move to Ethernet and IP—or “EtherIP” as it has come to be known—industries had to support multiple systems with separate wire types and protocols, such as ProfiNet and ModBus.With the emergence of EtherIP, many functions are being consolidated onto one Ethernet-based network.
Efficiency is critical during cable installation. Increasingly vast networks of wires and cables supply vital electric power and communication services, increasing demands on a contractor’s time. As line installers and repairers fervently install new lines and repair existing ones, the desire to do so more quickly and economically has increased.