Network Engineers, Avoid The Following Network Cabling Mistakes!

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You know too well that improperly installed cabling can affect network performance, lead to hidden costs and even create maintenance headaches. And while telephone cables can at times tolerate lots of errors, data cabling is just not forgiving. If you are considering installing twisted pair cabling, here are some mistakes you should avoid. They include:

• Failure to plan for the future

You are advised to consider installing high end cable because your organization will likely grow thus calling for higher capacity when it comes to network propagation. You may not need a 10 Gbps to the desktop right now but don't go for cheap installations if you want to accommodate future growth.

• Using different cabling for data and voice

Do not assume that you should use old style category three cabling for voice. In fact, if you are to run a separate cable for the phone, ensure that you match the data cable type. You want to accommodate for both data and voice without further hassles. You should note that voice in many places has moved to being a data need thus it requires data level cabling.

• Not using cable management

Cable management is often considered as a "would be nice if" kind of scenario. Although adding rack based cable management and ladder rack could add to the cost, it also makes cable handling and maintenance much easier. Recall that the cabling process does not stop at the initial installation; more cable will be added and a few things will be changed here and there. And ensure that you label appropriate cables and use color code cables to make it easier for you to identify cables later on.

• Running data cable in parallel with electrical cables

If you choose to run unshielded cables in parallel with the electrical cables, you will disrupt the magnetic field in the unshielded cables, causing the communication to become garbled and noisy. In worst cases, transmissions will not make it from one point to another. If it is a must go near the electrical power lines, then make sure to cross them in a perpendicular manner.

• Running data cable near noisy devices

Apart from power lines, noise can also be introduced to your data cables by devices and fixtures such as motors and fluorescent lights among other items. These items shed magnetic or electrical interference that wreak havoc on the cabling infrastructure. When installing the cables, make sure you leave a pathway to avoid these kinds of hazards.

• Not following codes/laws and ordinances

Failure to follow the local codes can be detrimental especially to the safety of personnel. Avoid PVC Jacketed cabling because it can create a toxic stew if it burns and this can be harmful to firefighters as well as other personnel when responding to a distress call. If you fail to adhere to the local codes, you risk fines and incurring extra costs as you are forced to replace the cabling. Everyone should be a ware of the local ordinances as well. USWired does not take data cabling matters lightly. We leave no stone unturned to ensure that your local and wide area networks are performing at their best. Contact us today for your data cabling installation needs.


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Network Engineers, Avoid The Following Network Cabling Mistakes!

63351338_222dc172e1

You know too well that improperly installed cabling can affect network performance, lead to hidden costs and even create maintenance headaches. And while telephone cables can at times tolerate lots of errors, data cabling is just not forgiving. If you are considering installing twisted pair cabling, here are some mistakes you should avoid. They include:

• Failure to plan for the future

You are advised to consider installing high end cable because your organization will likely grow thus calling for higher capacity when it comes to network propagation. You may not need a 10 Gbps to the desktop right now but don't go for cheap installations if you want to accommodate future growth.

• Using different cabling for data and voice

Do not assume that you should use old style category three cabling for voice. In fact, if you are to run a separate cable for the phone, ensure that you match the data cable type. You want to accommodate for both data and voice without further hassles. You should note that voice in many places has moved to being a data need thus it requires data level cabling.

• Not using cable management

Cable management is often considered as a "would be nice if" kind of scenario. Although adding rack based cable management and ladder rack could add to the cost, it also makes cable handling and maintenance much easier. Recall that the cabling process does not stop at the initial installation; more cable will be added and a few things will be changed here and there. And ensure that you label appropriate cables and use color code cables to make it easier for you to identify cables later on.

• Running data cable in parallel with electrical cables

If you choose to run unshielded cables in parallel with the electrical cables, you will disrupt the magnetic field in the unshielded cables, causing the communication to become garbled and noisy. In worst cases, transmissions will not make it from one point to another. If it is a must go near the electrical power lines, then make sure to cross them in a perpendicular manner.

• Running data cable near noisy devices

Apart from power lines, noise can also be introduced to your data cables by devices and fixtures such as motors and fluorescent lights among other items. These items shed magnetic or electrical interference that wreak havoc on the cabling infrastructure. When installing the cables, make sure you leave a pathway to avoid these kinds of hazards.

• Not following codes/laws and ordinances

Failure to follow the local codes can be detrimental especially to the safety of personnel. Avoid PVC Jacketed cabling because it can create a toxic stew if it burns and this can be harmful to firefighters as well as other personnel when responding to a distress call. If you fail to adhere to the local codes, you risk fines and incurring extra costs as you are forced to replace the cabling. Everyone should be a ware of the local ordinances as well. USWired does not take data cabling matters lightly. We leave no stone unturned to ensure that your local and wide area networks are performing at their best. Contact us today for your data cabling installation needs.


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