Network cabling is quite a challenging task because once you have improperly installed a cable, then it can bring about series of negative effects. First, it can downgrade network performance, create maintenance problems and lead to further costs of repairing. If you want to avoid these, then this article would bring to you the to-dos to optimise network data cabling installation processes. These tips from ACCL Data Cable Installation are very basic but then they can have great effects somehow.
- Plan for the future
Planning is a good thing to make your goal even more achievable in the future. If you plan, then you will be able to minimise your cost by reusing cables. Let us assume that your organisation or company will move from one area to another then you need to reinstall the cabling. Are you going to buy a new set of cables or settle for the previous ones? Well, the answer depends on the kind of cable you have installed. Now, when you install cable, make sure that they are high-end cables so that you can guarantee its performance and its longevity and you can use them again when you transfer to a different location. We do not really condemn cheap cables but it is reasonable for organisations to invest in something you are confident having the best quality to optimise performance and minimise the cost for future reinstallation.
- As much as possible, do not use different cable for voice and data.
Companies wanted to minimise their cost by cutting down the budget for the cabling. Instead of using twisted pair cabling, most companies use a less expensive cables by installing a different cable for voice and another one for data needs. Although these cables serve the same function, but take note that using the traditional style of cabling can cause you so much maintenance problems and repair. But if you really think, using the older version is at your comfort zone, then at least, you should match the data cable type the cable for the voice.
- Utilise appropriate and effective cable management
Good cable management is the key to a successful network installation. Remember that it will come to a point that you will add more cables to the network because the cabling won’t stop from the initial installation alone. Thus, it is a good reminder to label the cables appropriately, colour-code the cables or implement some other kind of process to make it easier to identify cables later on. A messy network cabling would give you headache at some point if you run a maintenance operation in the future.
- Never run the cables in parallel with electrical cables
This is a general rule of the thumb to avoid running the cables using UTP in parallel with electrical cables because the magnetic field which is produced by the low voltage running through the cable can be disrupted. When it happens, the communication chain will become noisy and garbled. Thus, if you happen to install cables near electrical power lines, then instead of making it in parallel, cross them in perpendicular position instead.
- Run cable away from noisy devices or equipment
In installing, you need to make sure that the pathway of the cables would be free from hazards such as noisy devices and other fixtures. These items would definitely cause electrical and magnetic interference which might cause the destruction of your cabling structures.