What is a drop in networking

Hello,

I need help because I am not an expert about Network Cabling.

We need cabling our network but the quote that we receive is very high its why I need your help because I guess exist a misunderstanding.

We need to connect 30 devices and we have two switches (new in boxes of 24 ports each) but I do not the difference between drops and cables runs .


Could you please give me a hands of this? so I can request the right thing?

Thank you very much for your help.
Agnes SevillaAsked:
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CESNetwork AdministratorCommented:
A "drop" typically means where an Ethernet jack is placed in the wall (i.e. where a client device plugs in).  So your PC and VoIP phones plug into the drops.

A "run" is the physical cable that runs form the central patch panel to the drop.

Cabling costs have several factors, including type of cable as well as the difficulty of the run itself (going through drywall and drop ceiling is easier than going through concrete or underground).
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ITSysTechSenior Systems AdministratorCommented:
A drop cable is also called a “transceiver cable.” More generally, a drop cable is any short cable connecting a computer's NIC to a wall plate.
A run would be Running cable in parallel with electrical cables.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I consider them synonymous.

Does the quote list both?
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ITSysTechSenior Systems AdministratorCommented:
You may consider getting another quote if you think the current one is to expensive. There are many companies willing to negotiate the price if there is a competitor.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
It also depends on the type of building.  And old building with brick walls, no drop ceiling and otherwise unfriendly construction can cost a lot more than a building with drop ceilings and sheet rock walls or a large open space with cubicles.
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Agnes SevillaAuthor Commented:
Thank you everyone they comes on Tuesday to re-survey our locations and make the right quote.
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ITSysTechSenior Systems AdministratorCommented:
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