Structured Network Design – An Introduction


Structured Network Design – An Introduction , An overview of computer network design from a structured cabling system designer’s perspective.

What you”ll learn:

  • You will gain an appreciation for the many factors that are involved in designing a computer network.
  • You will understand the differences between functional (top-down) and physical (bottom-up) network design.
  • You will be able to explain what a data network is and the benefits it provides to users.
  • You will be able to describe how data networks have evolved and classify networks by their scale.
  • You will learn about network knowledge domains and give examples of network design specialties.
  • You will be able to list the factors that influence both network design and cabling system design.
  • You will be able to identify the elements of a structured cabling system and describe how these elements fit together.
  • You will be able to describe the network life cycle and explain what happens at each stage.


Welcome to “Structured Network Design – An Introduction” … where we take a new look at a well discussed topic.

Our view of the network design process is from the perspective of the telecommunications distribution infrastructure professionals. They are the ones who set up the spaces and port connections for every network-connected device within your building.

In other words, we are looking at networks from a connectivity point of view — the viewpoint of the copper and optical fiber cabling and wireless infrastructures that are essential for communications between network devices.

Structured cabling design is the norm for all types of commercial buildings, multi-building campuses, data centers, hospitals, universities, airports, and sports venues. Network design should be the same … structured.

This is an introductory course, so the network cabling infrastructure plays only a small part. Future courses will place a greater emphasis on telecommunications distribution design guidelines for commercial and data center networks. These include not only the cabling, but also the powering and cooling for network devices.

We know that your time is valuable. Our objective is to provide you with the maximum amount of information in a minimum amount of time, so we have tightly scripted each of the lessons. We hope you find the contents useful and interesting.

Cory and Steve

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