Jackson Energy Authority provides EPlus Broadband services by delivering a lit fiber service. Our fiber network provides a large bandwidth connection for high-speed Internet, Cable TV and Telephone delivered to homes and businesses via fiber optic lines.
Planning to wire a building or multiple dwelling unit (MDU) for broadband internet? Be sure to contact us about a pre-wiring cost estimate before you get started. Planning where you will need cables ran and installed in your project can be determined early in the planning process.
CAT5, CAT5e, CAT6 – twisted pair cable that when properly installed transmits internet traffic from device to device. Speed and capacities are increased through CAT5 – CAT5e – CAT6. All forms of Ethernet cable can be different colors and thicknesses. Cables can also be outdoor rated, indoor only, UV protected, and other configurations.
“Telecom Closet” or FDH (Fiber Distribution Hub)
- Fiber connections and equipment are typically located in a dedicated electrical or telecom closet, often on a lower floor in the building with access to riser spaces.
- Equipment can be either mounted or on the wall in an electronics rack (typically 19” wide).
- A backboard roughly, 4’W x 8’H x 3/4” D in accordance with National Electric Code (NEC) or other codes, can be helpful to facilitate installations on walls. Equipment will extend roughly 30” when installed on the backboard
- Power and HVAC services will be helpful if the service provider plans to install active electronics in the closet
- Discuss space, HVAC, and power requirements with potential service providers
“Terminal” or Patch Panel Location
Patch panels can be used to connect riser cables to drop cables
These are typically housed in a closet with access to the riser or in the stairwell. They can be on every floor, every other floor, or some other arrangement depending on the design of the building and network
Terminals on a floor are most often wall-mounted. A backboard, roughly 2’W x 2’H x 3/4”D, in accordance with NEC or local code at minimum 4’ from ground level can be helpful. 1’ spacing around the FDT for access.
TV and Router Placement
When evaluating the location of devices in the home the following should be considered. By evaluating the location of the devices a more reliable in-home network can be created. Wireless signals can be impacted by device quality, device specifications, and home construction material. Hardwiring devices eliminates any loss of wireless signal. The following are points to identify when determining LAN (local area network) needs.
Types of devices
- Smart Devices
- Wireless Routers
- Access Points
- HVAC Controls and devices
- Desktop Computers
- Security Systems
- Metal framed walls
- Concrete walls
- Number of walls between the wireless router and end device.
- Distance or square footage
- Miscellaneous: Things such as mirrors or metal plating can cause wireless signals to be reflected. Think of a laser pointer or a flashlight, if the material reflects the light easily, the wireless signal will also be easily reflected.
Dead Spaces or Cavities in walls
If the design of your home or business creates areas that are not easily accessible or completely inaccessible, the ability to wire devices around the walls in the dead spaces or cavities will be very difficult or impossible.
Providing conduit access or pre-wiring these areas can give future functionality to these areas.
Garage spaces, attic spaces, bonus rooms, additions to existing homes or business are examples