Improperly installed network data cabling can have a huge impact on your business. Not only can it create maintenance headaches and hidden costs but it can cripple network performance too. With this in mind, here are 5 things you definitely shouldn’t do when running network data cabling.
Not thinking beyond today
Even though your company may have commissioned 100mb network connections or even 1GB cabling capabilities and that’s sufficient for now, what about the future? Are you going to go with today’s cabling requirements or are you going to equip your business for the future. As labour is undoubtedly the most expensive part of installing data cabling, you don’t really want to be getting it done now only to find you need to change it all in a few year’s time. It pays to go for the highest specification data cabling you can afford. You mightn’t need 10GB, but conversely, don’t opt for the cheapest either. You’ll regret it in the long term.
Not utilising cable management techniques
While it might not seem important now, labelling your cables with rack-based labelling makes it so much easier in the future should there be a problem. You might also look to colour code your network data cabling to avoid any extensive downtime when technicians have to find the cause of any issues at a later date.
Running electric cabling and data cabling in parallel
Data cabling utilises twisted pairings to cancel out electromagnetic interference from outside sources. The problem is when you run this type of cabling perpendicular to your standard electrical cabling the magnetic field can be disrupted, and communication can become both noisy and garbled, while internet speeds may drop considerably, and even grind to a halt.
Running cables near noisy fixture or devices
It’s not only electricity cable that can disrupt your data cabling. In addition, motors or fluorescent lighting, or any device which sheds electrical or magnetic interference such as motors, can also wreak havoc with your data cabling, so avoid running it near noisy fixtures or devices at all costs.
Failing to test your cabling infrastructure
Finally, it pays to test the infrastructure of your cabling using the appropriate tools. For example, if you need a 1GB ps transmission speed then you’ll need to verify the cable’s property network will support that need. It’s better to find out during installation rather than soon after.
If you’d like to talk to someone about upgrading your existing data cabling or installing new network data cabling then Static Electrics can help. Our team of technicians are highly experienced and fully licensed and have been helping businesses in the Sunshine Coast with their communications networks for many years. Why not call us on 07 5455 8305 to discuss your requirements or to receive a free, no-obligation quote.