Installing data, voice, and video cables is an investment, and getting a good return means making a good choice. Try too hard to save money, and you’ll have to keep fixing it or do it all over again. Cable installation is an important investment.
Good cabling starts with good components. High-quality jacks and cables provide a reliable connection. Cheap ones may fail intermittently or force the network to a lower data rate. Cables designed for 100 Mbps speeds cost less than gigabit cables, but they won’t reliably support the higher speeds.
You shouldn’t just look at your network’s current operations, but should consider any upgrades you may want to make in coming years. It’s cheaper to install cables that will be ready for future needs now than to upgrade them in a couple of years.
The quality of installation is equally important. It needs to be properly wired, so that it won’t fall prey to a broken connection or short circuit. If it runs alongside electrical cables or close to motors, it will be prone to electromagnetic interference and noisy connections. Running cables longer than the maximum specified difference might save a little money, but it makes them unreliable. Violations of building codes create hazards and make maintenance difficult.
Finally, cables need to be tested after they’re installed. The installer needs to identify and fix any mistakes before signing off. You want to be sure that the job was done right.
Our cable installation services will give you a reliable structure for a network that will operate at full speed and give you the capacity to upgrade without rewiring. Contact us for a no-obligation consultation.
The general news media often comments on Moore’s law which essentially declares that chip speeds will increase every 18 months or so. Computer users will replace their devices every five years or so and in businesses with the capital to do so, every three to four years. The network infrastructure equipment such as routers and switches will see similar replacement strategies. Cabling, however, is often overlooked. After all, it is behind the wall, under the floor, above the ceiling tiles. Copper is copper and who bothers to think about metal?
Good cabling installations are an essential component of a powerful, reliant, fast network. They allow devices to be connected to the network from disparate locations within a facility. They are fixed in their locations and rarely break. When they do, they can be difficult to identify as the problem, more difficult to locate and time-consuming and expensive to repair. Identifying a single cable in a bundle of 25 or more and replacing it from the IDF or MDF to the local jack takes time.
Cabling of a facility is usually a one-time event that is expected to last 10 or more years, but what about the changes that have occurred in technology and computer use during that time? The advent of the Internet has now moved to the advent of cloud computing. We often concentrate on the uplink and downlink speeds while neglecting to look at the data transfer rates from our routers to our MDF switches to our IDF switches. These can choke the data transfer speeds of the best internet connections.
Modern Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony that travels on your data network adds to the equation as quality of service concerns can be created through bad cabling or cabling that has aged. Cable installations that were done many years ago may not take advantage of advances in fiber optics and gigabit speed capabilities.
New facilities that are being planned have the opportunity to take advantage of current best in class technology and planning for future technologies and expansions. Proper planning for these activities by knowledgeable professionals can help to ensure that expandability, documentation, and best practices are applied.
Existing facilities with ongoing business operations can apply the same principles of design and implementation as new facilities to future proof their design. A few considerations should be discussed in the design phase:
Will you be integrating new wiring into the older design, if so what effect will that have on performance?
If you are creating a new installation how will you handle the cutover period?
Do you plan on doing cable abatement (removing the old cable)?
Will you introduce a new network schema at the same time?
A full service IT support organization with a strong cabling and network architecture practice can help guide you to the proper architectural design, implementation, and installation to ensure that your new cabling helps to provide the five nines reliability of the POTS model that is inherently expected by your customers.
If you are in the Miami/South Florida area contact 4 Corner IT, for information about current cabling practices, network cable installations and any other IT support needs.
There’s an art to high-quality network cable installation. It requires more than just finding space for the cables and hooking them up correctly to the right equipment.
To make sure that your cable installation is optimal, consider the following five tips:
Label the cables: It’s easy to get confused about the function of each cable. In the future, you’ll need to change equipment or alter your cable configuration; it’s best to label everything to save yourself time.
Anticipate future changes: At some point, you’ll probably add more equipment, or expand or rearrange your office space. Planning for these eventualities will make your network cable installation more organized and flexible.
Take care with cable trays: Cable trays can help you organize and run larger numbers of cables in your office or building; they can even go under your floor or hang from the ceiling. It’s important to run your cables through them properly. Don’t overload the tray; it may break, or the cables may get crushed. You need to have enough space left in the tray to remove or replace cables as needed.
Keep an eye on physical conditions: The physical environment in your business may contribute to cable degradation and sub-optimal functioning. High levels of heat, moisture and dust can have a poor effect on cable integrity. You also have to minimize electrical interference from strong power sources in the vicinity.
Stay cautious about cheaper materials: Wanting to save money on equipment is understandable. However, you need to make sure your decisions are truly cost-effective and don’t result in a loss of money in the long-run. Shoddy cables can break more easily and transmit signals less efficiently.
Don’t hesitate to contact us for advice and assistance with network cable installation. Working with trustworthy professionals will help ensure that your cables’ functioning and configuration are optimal for your business.