The new Triple Play packages (internet, TV and telephone from a single connection) have boosted demand for the modernization of residential cabling and house connections. Ultimately, a multifunctional broadband infrastructure that is usable throughout is required from the access network to the home to ensure that the new multimedia services really are delivered right through to the user.
That is why innovative network providers are planning ways of making their services accessible to customers in their own homes. As a solution R&M provides modular cabling systems for the carrier and residential market. These can be used with copper technology throughout or in combination with fiber optic and plastic optical fiber.
R&M offers a unique concept of structured cabling for residential buildings in keeping with standards EN 50173-4 and ISO 15018. It integrates all the network access points, media connections and communication packages, supplying them to every room. Only three main units are needed to implement this concept:
- a central communication distributor
- star cabling
- multimedia outlets in the individual rooms
The mounting dimensions of the communication distributor are standardized, which means it can be housed in corridors or ancillary rooms. The passive components include the ISDN and POTS distributor, RJ45 patch panel, coax splitter and a multi-plug. It also accommodates NT, data, CATV and DSL modem, router, switch, etc.
The star-shaped installation offers advantages such as quick installation using empty tubes, simple troubleshooting and level calculation.
The multimedia outlet is a milestone in cabling systems. It comprises five RJ45 or coax interfaces and corresponds to the standardized mounting dimensions. This means that all the communication services can be provided using a single outlet. The modular uses can be adapted to suit individual requirements. A tangential cable guide simplifies the assembly. The new type of terminal clamps allows any coax cable to be contacted without tools, which means valuable time savings for installers.
If no empty tubes for additional copper cables are available, the Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) is the ideal alternative. As the plastic optical fiber is thin and insensitive to electromagnetic fields, it can be integrated into existing mains installations for example. It means that an additional room can be connected up without altering the basic fabric of the building. R&M provides a specially designed POF system solution. Its converters ensure fully automatic communications between the xDSL connection and the terminals.