Turn tip: Buy a big bag of modular jacks – they’re inexpensive – and make sure your painters insert them in the jacks before painting, and remove them when painting is complete. (Before using them they must be crimped to avoid damaging the jacks)
December 02, 2017
Student Housing owners and operators probably don’t think too much about the low-voltage wiring in your properties once they’ve been built and the residents have moved in. It just works, and it’s invisible, so why should this be an issue?
If Student Housing properties were all built in the last few years and were built to the correct specifications, one could be right, you don’t need to worry about it much – but many property owners and managers have older properties in their portfolios, or newer properties that have been built to an unknown and possibly sub-par specification and standards.
Does this sound like a boring subject? Let CTI try and regain readers’ attention: Student Housing owners and operators could be sitting on a ticking time-bomb – a six figure problem per property. Here’s why: even in today’s wireless centric student living communities, the wired network is an essential component. It’s the workhorse that delivers data to connected gaming consoles, TV’s and streaming devices in the unit, to the Wireless access points that deliver wireless signal, and increasingly CCTV and access control as well.
The wiring this white paper is talking about is UTP wiring, sometimes referred to as Category or Cat6 (or Cat5, or Cat5E as its predecessors).
So how can that be a big problem? Well, when properties are built, the UTP wiring is an easy and common target for Value Engineering, aka saving money. Using a lower grade or no-brand components, using unqualified installers, not following an appropriate specification –all these things can and will cause issues. Even if you didn’t value engineer your new construction low voltage wiring, it’s probable that it wasn’t built to an adequate standard.
Chances are that Student Housing owners and operators don’t have much of an idea of the state of the wiring infrastructure in your properties.
In some cases, it can…