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Here's a review of the key points that we've covered in this article:

  • Cabling plants are permanent. Start with good blueprints and select a certified contractor.

  • You need to know what you want to make sure you get what you need. Get familiar all the elements of the cabling system and what they do before you begin the bidding process with your cabling vendors.

  • CAT5?, CAT6?, wireless? Many choices. Knowing the differences and limitations will help you make the best decision.

  • A focus on testing, certification, and warranty is a sure sign of a solid, reliable cable plant that will serve you and your company for many years to come.

The next article in this series will discuss selecting and installing a phone system. There's a lot to it—understanding the various technologies, evaluating vendors, choosing whether to lease or buy, installation options...oh boy.

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