Computer wiring is slowing your network down so fix it.

Many times the more users on a network causes the entire system to be slow. Is it lack of bandwidth to download reports or cruising the net? Time to upgrade to the latest switch or router? No, it’s your computer wiring.

Of course if you are adding another department that is posting online or heavy media crossing thru your network than bandwidth might be an issue. However most times in the Philadelphia area we troubleshoot networks before we suggest a fix. The network cables running the entire network might be up to par. The cheap installation team found on Craigslist or the lowest bidder might have used the wrong cable or the most found reason for bad cabling. Faulty Terminations.

Panel patch wiring

The Patch Panel in the server room is the first step to a healthy network.

Let’s start with the Patch Panel in your server room. Any network cabling tech will tell you the more wires coming into the server room the harder to punch down the wires. As you can see from the example picture in the left the wiring is exposed. Typical code installation is to have the jacket all the way into the panel. The left example shows a culprit for crosstalk, or bleeding, of the signals coming across the cooper wiring. As well make sure the wire ties are not too tightly secured as this even might break the cooper inside the wiring.

jumper or patch cables

Patch, or jumper, cables are the most overlooked part of the project.

Staying in the server room, let’s talk about Patch, or Jumper, Cables. Hands down the most overlooked part of any project or network. Once you let one cable out of any type of cable management plan you have lost control of it. Outside vendors are the worst at just plugging in a cable for a “fix” or temp solve. On this example of the server we saw many patch cables with bad terminations into the RJ-45 heads. Thus causing a bad or weak signal. Keep in mind cabling like CAT5 or CAT6 uses 4 pairs of wiring. Most switches can carry a signal or packets to the workstation using only 3 pairs, however causing a slow connection. Make sure to include several patch cables near the server for future use. Unless you like hunting down a cable in a mess.

computer wiring philadelphia

New hire….just drop a wire down there. Temp fixes turn out to be long term.

Hey IT Guy… A new hire is coming in next week and need a connection next to the copier or something.

We understand temp connections tend to end up as long term. Sure easy way to connect a computer is just to run a wire straight from the server room and poke a hole into the wall. Long term affects are the cable is not properly secure and even a code violation in the building, perhaps causing fines. The proper way is secure the wiring into a caddy into the wall. Then jack the wiring and a secure patch cable from the wall into the computer. Can you afford a lawsuit if someone trips over the wiring? This example we will not even get into network performance with a wire that is probably rolled over with a chair or stepped a few times.

Protect your wiring

Various ways to secure or protect exposed computer wiring.

Warehouse or exposed computer wiring can be and should be protected all the times. Long runs in a warehouse can use conduit or even lower cost flex pipes. Jacks, the end locations, can use gang boxes to within a bump or dirt from the extreme locations.

Various methods from top of the line, and budget, and affordable fixes can protect your investment of the computer wiring.

Again, with a proper network cable installation your network will provide stronger connections, thus providing faster speeds and responses.

 

 

Fluke network computer wiring

Fail safe way to install computer wiring is with a tester.

The best, and really only way, to install your network computer wiring is to use a tester once done. Even troubleshooting a slow network is a great way to see why. One local example in Philadelphia was one smaller network with heavy demands in the retail sector. Of testing 22 locations, connections, only 7 of the cables passed our Fluke tester specs. Many of the connections had poorly terminated connections into the jacks and RJ-45 heads. Also using a network monitor on our laptops using Microsoft’s Network Monitor we noticed a huge amount of bad packets. The faulty wiring was one of the reason of the slow network performance. So complete your network cable install with a stress test or any kind of reportable tester. We use a various assortment to certify our cabling that is done by us, Bridge Cable.

We encourage any company in the Philadelphia area or New Jersey or New York to call us directly at 877-832-1206. We offer a wide of network cabling services from installation to troubleshooting. We hope this piece has helped you to invest your computer wiring, your network is going to be slow if your physical layer is faulty.

Thank you for reading! @bridgecable

 

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The intern reviews their 1st day with Bridge Cable with the Philadelphia team.

So quick background to this post, we had a new intern travel with two of our Philadelphia teams this month. After two days we asked them to tell us what they saw. They experience wiring a restaurant and entire floor in Philadelphia on another job.

New Interns Thoughts…..hope you enjoy!

Bridge cable is an experienced, reliable, and all around wonderful network cabling company to work with and for. As an intern I had the pleasure of going out to two of the job sites to gain some hands on experience. What I would like to do is just give you some insight on what I got to experience.

First and foremost I just want to share with you something that happened which in my opinion shows what an amazing company Bridge Cable is. The job site we went to had picked another network cabling company before Bridge Cable that was suppose to come out and complete the job. They never ended up never showing up and bailing out at the very last moment. When that occurred Bridge Cable was immediately contacted and asked if there was any possibility we could cone out immediately to complete the job. Mind you this company is on several deadlines and needs several different things done so that they can open their restaurant on time as promised to future customers.

Once we received the call we immediately checked our schedule, deadlines and status’ of current jobs, and several other important factors. We had to do this to determine if we could do this job while still maintaining our current priorities on time and correctly. Wonderfully, everything worked out and we were able to fit this job into our schedule without disrupting any of our other priorities. The company we did the work for was extremely happy too because we were able to work with him so quickly so that his deadline was meant.

Installed a small network for POS systems within 24 hours.

Installed a small network for POS systems within 24 hours.

I wanted to share this because I feel as though this truly shows the dedication, compassion, and commitment that Bridge Cable represents. You can always count on us at a moments notice! And you will always be confident that our work will be done quick,efficiently, and correct.

Our Project Manager Paul Wallace had to get his hands dirty finally!

Our Project Manager Paul Wallace had to get his hands dirty finally!

Hope you enjoyed this little brief day in the life of Bridge Cable. The big point with us is that you can count on us to make sure we meet your deadlines and get the job done RIGHT. We service Philadelphia areas and even into New Jersey and New York cities as well. Call for a free quote and expert help, 877-832-1206

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OFFICIAL BRIEF | Review of a way to install a new network rack and tips

First of all common sense is always first! Do keep to codes with BICSI standards and electrical codes but when we install with some rigid techs we must remember the golden rule. The customer is always right, work with the IT staff that you are cabling for. Include them on the plan and keep them updated with new information. Of course at times too much information floods the client and with a new installation for a new company or new office their time is needed in other areas. All this being said and years of experiences one thing on any install should be the “norm”…..Communication is KEY.

Okay, we got that out of our system! Wasn’t this about mounting a network rack? Here are some common tips and we will drag this on forever but the main points. Watch our 2 minute video below as well.

#1 – Pick a location. Typically a server room or a closet is preferred. These following pictures are from a network cable installation in New Jersey over the summer we did.

network cable installation of a rack

New Network Cable Installation to Replace this

The location was a office that had a grown into a server room with a huge rack. The rack did not provide much space for movement behind and we were updating the office from CAT5e to CAT6. Small side note, when we can we install CAT 6, as pretty much the parts are the same cost and labor for pulling the wiring. The client then has the option to upgrade their network at any time down the road. As of writing this CAT 8 is almost about to rolled out and most networks seems to still be strolling down the internet highway at CAT5e.

So in this office we close, with the client, the middle of the wall for ease of the IT staff there. Pick a location with studs, enough to anchor your rack. Remember ten years down the road someone is going to try to place a UPS or some heavy equipment on top of the rack….they always do. Mounting into just drywall will cause a huge mess and let’s not focus too much on even code.

mount into the studs

Put the back board into studs, drywall is NOT okay!

Placement of a backboard helps distribute the weight nicely. Drill into the studs to attach the back board and then with a paddle bit drill mount holes for the actual rack. Using toggle bolts to anchor the rack into the back board. This does use some support from the drywall but remember the studs are holding most of the weight. Not pictured, but we prefer to have a white colored backboard and some techs swear by black.

 

 

 

 

#2 – Run the new cabling and give yourself plenty of slack.

network rack with the wiring in it.

Cable Management….say it with us.

The picture above shows a great length for the termination to come. We can put a service loop in the ceiling or mount it into the wall. Really just depends on how much room you have. The key is a service loop, typically we prefer a 6 foot loop. What is that for? Ever have a network that expanded? Need to take the patch panels off and some slack to punch down some new wiring…..you get the point. When you have the service loop untangle and cut off some more of the extra cabling like pictured below. Any tech that wants to have pulled the exact wire length down the foot is wasting time and time is money. Our waste is down to 5% on wiring typically on a project. The excess wiring is reused on service calls. A tech or team that has exact lengths again is wasting time…….we are not saying to be sloppy but we all have seen runs to short. PS – Give yourself some slack at the workstation or jack areas. You never know when you might need to service them.

#3 – Button it up! Terminate the wiring into the patch panel and use cable management as much as you can. Even like pictured below, Velcro and a handful of d-rings worked nice for this client. We love using the raceway and cable ladders or trays…..but medium size to small business clients are more tight with budget needs.

D-Rings and even wire ties just makes it all better. Never use black tape if you can help it.

D-Rings and even wire ties just makes it all better. Never use black tape if you can help it.

Clean up the install area and run your certification reports. We prefer to run reports on each wire we pull and hand them off to the customer. Low Voltage Cooper wiring many times will pass continuation tests with low end testers but the higher end testers will test the wiring up to 3 levels. Call it peace of mind, and professional!

This video pretty sums up the install that we just wrote about, take 2 minutes and please share it as well.

Thank you for taking the time to read and best of luck with your network cabling installation project!

Any questions….call Bridge Cable (877)832-1206

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More network cabling tips for a warehouse or harsh work areas.

Continuing the last blog post of some tips for network cabling that we have found after years in the field.

Warehouse or “harsh” work areas would go hand and hand with protection from the environment or elements. Cabling comes in a wide selection and including outside cabling or what is called outside plant cabling. For example outside cooper wiring might contain gel inside the jacket to protect against the elements or just a thicker jacket. Check with your cabling installation team to see the ratings of the cable or just do a bit of research online.

Favorite for Bridge Cable techs in warehouse drops or locations is to mount a piece of conduit from the ceiling down the wall to protect the cabling from bumps or nicks.

conduit for network cabling

Conduit is a almost MUST HAVE for cabling a warehouse.

Attaching a outlet box with housing the network or telephone jacks in the faceplate attached to the conduit provides the protection. Along the actual run of network cabling from the server room or MDF or IDF we might run conduit along the entire run. Depending on budget and the condition of the install, keep in mind not much activity happens at the top of the warehouse or high ceilings plants. Never….NEVER run next to electrical lines. If you have place your cabling bundle or run next to them, encase in conduit. For example a car dealership might have run low voltage wiring next to electrical lines. Can you imagine when drills or heavy power tools used by the dealership sends power spikes from starting up the equipment. Imagine the loss of signal conducted or carried by the network or telephone wiring. We have seen it and just plain logic as well.

Prepping the site for a network drop, few common items or ideas.

prepping your work area for network cabling.

Prepping your drop locations or work areas.

Okay, so the cabling has been run from the server room and now you are at the end location or work area. First of all use a stud sensor for possible trouble. Then cut in the TOP of the drop location on the wall. We have seen some techs cutting from the bottom up, in some cases you have too. However cutting some the top down you can run your rods or wiring directly down the wall, just to make sure there is no studs or something down behind the middle of the wall. If so, try to move a few inches over if you can. Note: Just make sure when you are about to cut a hole in the bottom for the faceplate, move your wiring from behind the cut zone. We have taught a new new rookies that you might cut the wiring with your drywall saw by accident. We typically at Bridge Cable carry a shop vac but in smaller offices that we need to be quiet in, a piece of cardboard or paper does a good job of containing the drywall dust from the cuts. Quick Tip: Find the copier room in the office you are working at. Tons of paper are usually laying around, take one of those cardboard boxes. Handy cheap work area “tool box” too!

Quick Video – Ever lose your pull string from the tape on the bundle you are pulling?

With face plates we started here in the Philadelphia office started installing ones with more ports then needed.

face plates for network jacks.

Add more ports then needed.

In a environment that more drops might be added in time we find it’s more cost effective to install like a 4 port if just 2 ports or jacks are being installed. It’s actually kinder to the Earth as well!

We would love to hear back from other network cabling installation techs and share your tips as well. Call us for advice (877) 832-1206 – We travel to the entire Philadelphia area including King of Prussia area as well as all New Jersey cities.

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Network cable installation company in Philadelphia shares some pro tips.

Okay so just plug in some cables and if the lights work then the cabling is okay right? Not quite.

Some of the biggest challenges is just getting the network cabling in place, whether a wall or a tight spot. How about feeding the wiring through a row of cubes or from the basement to the 6th floor of a high rise? First day doing a installation is like attending a surprise birthday party….no matter how many blue prints you have and review the site. Until you cut and feed your wiring into the walls you will not quite know what lies in your path.

So how does Bridge Cable do it? Years of experience as the #1 Philadelphia network cable installation company that meets and BEATS all our project times. Okay, enough with the shameless plug…..really how do we do it? Our field techs are some of the most experienced and clever guys in the East Coast. After awhile of doing cabling for years you pick up on a few trips. Below we listed some of our favorites to share with you the reader and new techs just coming in the field. At times the “old heads” remark that we are sharing common tricks. Our questions is this….how many new techs are coming into this network cabling field this year? It’s our hope to share when others fail too.

Let’s get cracking!

#1 Cable Chain – Great for measuring or marking off your cuts into walls for network jacks.

network cable chain

Great for extra weight and rough pulls in the wall.

We enjoy using this once we push a rod down a wall, if insulation is inside, and then attaching the chain to the outside of the wall. Perfect line down the outside of the wall so you can cut a hole down below straight from the top. The chain is also great for rough pulls inside the wall and provides extra weight as well.

network cabling install chain

Chains can help to measure a straight line down the wall.

Tech Tip: Always cut your top hole first. Some techs prefer to run the rods or pull string from the bottom. This is a tricky call as if you hit some studs in the middle of the wall or at the top then you are stuck fixing a hole in the wall.

#2 – Pick Network Cabling that your techs suggest!

cabling network boxes

Different network cabling brands have their own “feel”.

Plenum or Riser, Cat 5e or 6, Red Jacket on the cabling….One big factor. Can your guys work with it. Depending on the brands of cabling some techs will hate it. Techs are the biggest factor in ordering cabling. What if your network cable installer finds out the cabling kinks often? When the team is pulling cabling and it kinks and a forceful pull snaps the wiring inside? Kinks around a bend or corner? A knot could cause the cable worthless if damaged. Speed is a factor on jobs as well, if the techs are constantly adjusting the cabling…..how does that help? As well certain brands have heavier jackets and dressing the cabling could slow down the project. Coloring is huge as well. Colors of the actual 4 pairs of wiring varies from brands. Yes, they all have Blue, Orange, Brown and Green but some are very tough to see. Some cable techs are older but your whole team might need reading glasses trying to figure out the pin outs on the jacks or panels. Ask the techs you work with their thoughts. Of course you must use the correct wiring for the customers project but brands….Brands differ.

That is it for now and we also suggest seeing our You Tube channels for a few tutorials as well.

Thanks for taking the time to pick up a few tricks with us and if you are in Philadelphia area please stop by our office. As well New Jersey and New York customers can call us directly at 877-832-1206 for any questions. We are proud to be the leading network cable installation company in Philly and thankful for the last decade of serving the Tri-State areas.

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Help with cubes doing a network cable installation in your office

So the office is growing and new people are coming in…..that’s GREAT! Time to make sure their network jacks are working or if you have shuffle around some offices or cubes. Most of the time office managers would think installing network cable in these cubes is fairly easy. Most of the time it is! Then….there is some trouble. Not really trouble but TIME.

One would think cubicles are just hollow “fake” walls that you can slid down any wire. Not all the time, with so many different standards and manufacturers you, the installer, can run into issues. Factor in power poles for the electric and even at times the sheer weight of them. One time we, at Bridge Cable, installed the network jacks and then the cube installers placed the cube walls flush to the outside walls. When the IT people went to plug in the computers they couldn’t budge the cubes and as well couldn’t get to the jacks.

Power Poles – As the name sounds this usually means it brings power the workstations. Typically a empty path or channel is in them to allow for telephone or network cable to be fed down them. Keep in mind as with the picture below, if you “cram” too much down the poles you might strip the jacket on the network cabling or worse…the wiring itself.

network cable installation cubicles

Cubicles have hidden sharp metal edges that might strip your wiring.

Walls – Seems simple enough? Just feed the wiring down the power pole and in the bottom and work it to where it needs to be….sometimes. Last month we again run into a problem where there was a blocked pole about half way down the cube’s wall. So give up? Of course not, half the fun with cabling is beating it or finding a new way to get it done! 🙂

Power pole was jammed up about half way down!

Power pole was jammed up about half way down!

So after feeding some string down the top part of the pole we got stopped right at the top of the wall. We need used our fish to go from the other side that was completely open. Most cube walls are filled with cardboard type of materials so a very easy push.

Clear and open path on the other side of the wall.

Clear and open path on the other side of the wall.

So then working the pull string and wiring back and forth we were able to feed the network cable into the right paths for the job. Just spending one or two extra hours trying to move the rows of cubes would have not worked either. Typically most cubicle installers will leave a pull string in the power poles but at times such manners may not happen.

Most network cable installation is 90% of the same way or routine as you find. It’s actually the tough or jobs that you actually need to use brain power that are the most interesting!

Missing a face plate?

Missing a face plate?

A huge quick tip with mounting the network jacks is too also drill a face plate directly into the kick boards in cubes. Many companies are buying used furniture and most do not come with network jack face plates. Simple fix is just drill out a bit of the metal or plastic and screw in the faceplates. Looks wonderful and very nice fit. Remember to leave some slack on the network cabling for when you need to jack them.

We hope  you enjoyed and get some help with your next project by reading this. Like to hear any other tips to help us all!

Call us for any adds, changes or new installations you might need help with in Philadelphia, New York and or New Jersey. 877-832-1206

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Review or Plan for your next WiFi network installation

So time to plan out the WiFi installation for your building? No worries, we review on this blog and video below some of the major topics or issues you should be getting for.

Our video from our Project Manager is just a informal checklist of what you should be plan or do.

Some items to consider:

1 – Home Runs, or direct cables, from the server room to the various floors or WAPs. WAPs, are Wireless Access Points, generally should be placed in open areas and typically in a drop ceiling. However some companies prefer seeing the WAPs on the walls, perhaps for management but the coverage is really not that better. WAPs vary in their range and/or coverage. Typically you can sync all the broadcast signals as well if you are installing multiple ones. For example if placing 2 or more, you can call them the same broadcast name or SSID name. Example: OURCOMPANYWAP, insteads of a flock of different names.

2 – Line of Sight is generally the best placement for WAPs if you are not doing a RF Analysis, which typically takes some time and a bit of your budget. Smaller or medium sized businesses typically can skip this cost.

We forgot….here is the actual video, it is just around 6 minutes and worth the investment of time!

Of course we are available to help you plan your next project or installation as well for free with our experienced Project Managers.

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Click for our contact page or call 877-832-1206

Some other topics covered in the video is security and P.O.E. devices.

P.O.E. devices are Power Over Ethernet. So you are placing the WAPs in the ceilings or high areas, what about power? Many times we get to review the project plans and someone forget to check that. Typically with costs so low the POE WAPs, Hubs, Switches, etc are such at a low cost these days this is not really a budget concern. Typically if we have to suggest devices we like the ease of use of the TrendNet products.

So now the wireless devices are in place but the bandwidth just went downhill. What happened? This day and age everyone has a smart phone and downloading some cat videos or sitting on Facebook all day. We suggest securing the network and if possible select only a small amount of your bandwidth for guests or unsecured network traffic.

Enterprise companies generally will use our services for a RF Analysis, Radio Frequency tests. On larger scale projects this is best for optimal placement throughout a larger building or across a campus. The RF testing will suggest the best spots to place the WAPs or in general terms, put a blanket of coverage on-site.

Thanks for reading and taking the time to plan. We welcome any feedback or comments on the blog below or even on youtube. Keep us in mind if you need anymore help or more questions.

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Problems that we face with networking installation daily and the “snags”.

Upon a company calling us we send out a Project Manager to review the project and walk the site, whether a large company with 500+ network cabling drops or a simple 1 story house. The challenge we take every day is being Superman and have X-Ray vision to see those possible snags. What happens when the contractors or building was not built with codes or a modified wall? More installations that we do encounter something only a experience tech can handle. For example most drywall office buildings have just a end cap or stud every so feet….what happens when something is not standard. We could handle any installation and never walked away from a install. The issue our expert Project Managers is to factor in the time to install with possible problems. Can you imagine fishing down a set of cables only to find a stud running across the wall behind sight? Ouch! Can you stay time delay? For the record Bridge Cable has too date never run behind a project or installation date! Hope we just did not “jinks” the record!

So without going into every scenario with issues or snags we will review what happens the most.

Warehouse runs, service requests that the company failed to mention we are cabling a warehouse with high ceilings. No problem! If conduit is needed than it is put in place and this really depends on the heat or lack of it in the warehouse.

warehouse network cabling

Cabling a warehouse can be tricky or simple as running across the beams.

Most warehouse networking cabling is for placement of WAPs for handheld scanners that are rolling out for shipping and receiving. Bridge Cable will indeed mount all your wireless access points as well as test and or configure them. Most of our senior technicians have years of background within various fields of the computer industry, in other words just not the “Cable Guy”.

Obstacles within the walls? Best tool besides experience is a drill extension bit. Hands down with this longer shaft and a uni bit or metal drill bit we can zip through most walls FAST. Home Depot sells a lower end model that everyone should carry in their toolkit.

 

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Click on the picture to be taken to their website – Worth the investment!

Room to breathe? Most smaller outfits or companies stuff their network devices in closets or small areas. The ease of moving the network cabling is also a factor our Project Managers must review as well. Imagine working on your stomach and punching down a few dozen cables……we all have done it. The new techs like to hear stories from the older guys when working together. Working in a closet is actually normal for us!

Closet serves as a telecom room.

Network Cabling in an actual closet…it happens!

Being that we work on commercial and residential projects, we like stated have backgrounds in various realms of the computer industry. At times we have to move switches and hubs and have the right experience and background has always been a plus for our customers.

We invite you to review your next networking installation project with us today.

Call anytime (877) 832-1206

Talk with you soon! Bridge Group Services / Bridge Cable

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Best tools for network cable installation for structured cabling projects.

So makes the best toolkit for most technicians out there in the field? To be honest experience is the best tool but some basic tools makes it that much faster! Here is a overview of the various tools we at Bridge Cable carry on most of our installations.

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Ladders – Okay, seems simple enough but why these three?

network cable installation ladders

Ladders and push rods are standard for us. Carry two types of rods, hard and medium flex work great!

The 4 foot is a great time saver for a stool or some extra height when punching down in your patch panel that all the structured cabling is going into. The 6 foot ladder is the standard “must have” for every install as most network cable drops are coming thru the ceilings that are around 10-12 feet. The 22″ Multiple use ladders are bulky but awesome ladders for ANY network cable installation and including warehouse runs! All our techs traded in our extension ladders for these space savers and we can carry them in our personal vehicles as well in needed, plus some weekend chores have been spotted with these. The multiple use ladders can be extend for warehouses or a outside cabling project. Again these are more weight but if you have the muscle you can just use this one ladder for all your projects.

String – Silly, right? Not really.

String is used for pulling network cabling.

Use string for speed when network cabling.

The author of this blog wasn’t that fond of using string but in time has gotten the “hang” of it. For running over long distances at times string is handy for making a pathway or even connecting rooms from different levels or floors. It would seem simple but until you do a install with it you can easily snag up on something in the wall or ceiling. Not picture is a favorite, a metal link chain, that can be tugged thru insulation and other challenges in the ceilings or walls. Again EXPERIENCE is the best tool but the more tools or “tricks” the better the installation for time. How about a dandy trick that the novices forget? When pulling cable write the pull number, numbering solution for the patch panel or offices, directly on the box and cabling. Write the numbering on the cabling twice, about a foot from the pull or start of wire. At times new techs put the number right at the start of the cabling and when we cut to splice or jack the wiring the numbering gets lost. Write it twice! 🙂

Drills? Two please, if not a third!

drill bits for network cabling

Using a few drills for network cable installation, cordless or cords?

We always carry a middle of the road drill for face plates and light cutting or drilling. Cordless no doubt as they are easy to work with. Now everyone carries a Hammer drill for those power drills or concrete from floors to floors. We choose corded drills much to a complaining team but the power and long life of these far outweigh the need of a extension cord. Drill bits are a must with the most used is a uni-bit for metal in the walls or beams. Outside drilling with longer bits come from time to time. Most techs just use 3 or 4 bits but having a selection on the trucks makes sense. Again experience on your network cable installation will ensure the right bits. Be like a Boy Scout…..Be Prepared 🙂

Lastly….screws anyone?

screws used for network cable installation

Carry a assortment of screws for your installation.

Carry the oddest assortment of screws you can find….you will need them. Whether you are installation a pole outside to a wall or a WAPs to a non-standard ceiling grid….expect the unexpected. One of our favorites is the mason drill bits with screws, great for mounting a wall rack or a backboard. We typically carry a assortment of rack screws as well, most IT folks do not realize that not all racks are standard and about three sizes.

“Drilling” home the point everyone might have their favorite toolkit but our techs generally have 10 years under their belt(s) in the field and experience can make a kitchen knife work at times. That actually would be a interesting challenge but has never happened.

Please call us for your next structured cabling project to have the best work done, call 24 hours at 877-832-1206.

Thanks for reading and again love to see some comments or your own tips!

Bridge Group Services – #1 in Philadelphia for Network Cabling Installation for the last 15 years!

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Network cable tips for installation ground up to demarc and all end points.

Bridge Cable, the #1 Rated Network Cable Installation company would like to share a few tips for planning your new or updated office network. Please leave a comment below as well, we love questions.

On a new install from scratch, if you are moving into a new building, then make sure you know where your Demarc is. The Demarc is where your cables from the street are coming in, how do you connect to the outside world? Ask your leasing agent and your POTs or regular telephone lines might be at a different location than your internet feed.

Finished network cable install.

T1 or Demarc connection is going to get your network to the world.

Some service agreements you might be responsible to bringing your connection in from the street. Typically though Verizon, Comcast and others will handle that for you. Ask or call your service rep that handles everything, most will include for free. Simply if they do not then do not worry. We can handle every network cable installation no matter how big or small.

 

Measure the conduit for your fiber or network.

Conduit for fiber or network in your office.

 

At times Verizon or others might ask for a local network cabling company to provide the conduit from building to building or various locations.

One current install BridgeCable did required 100ft of conduit, as you can see…..clearly overkill. The additional cost was $400 of wasted cable due to Verizon being stubborn and not moving from their “template” of installation. Smaller companies get killed with out a project manager in-house or the lack of knowledge.

 

Network faceplates for jacks.

Network faceplates for cubes for the jacks?

Many companies are also buying 2nd hand cubes but are forgetting to purchase the faceplates for the network jacks. With various models it might be hard as well to find these plates.

Depending of the age of the cubes you might never find faceplates. One trick is to use self-tapping screws to attached small external boxes on the metal frames.

Check with your sales person that you have purchased the cubes from. As well a nice trick with installing the jacks is to carry a tray or even a empty box top to carry all your parts or clippings.

 

Try a chain when fishing.

Fishing a network cable down a wall.

Nice little trick is use a metal chain for it’s weight when fishing down a wall. At times the old school installers just use a string with a heavy fishing weight, yes…the kind for getting fish in the water. Either way it’s great to have a few methods of pulling or pushing down a wire in a wall. Remember to cut your holes at the 18″ mark on the wall, that is standard. Of course if another outlet is on the wall then try to line up according.

Push rods can be the best when pushing up a wall thru insulation or when something is behind the wall.

Keep in mind, our Project Managers have the task to determine what is behind the walls, we never really know fully until we start cutting holes!

 

network cable management

Cable management starts from the 1st day.

Cable Management – A ongoing battle with your network. Again in another blog we suggest with your patch cables to buy the same length with extras if you do not have the time or budget for custom cables to be made.

When possible try to pick a side of the rack that is not exposed. Many projects we will fish a hole directly in the center of the rack but at times network admins prefer just a bundle coming from the ceiling unless in a data center. Cable trays or ladders are used in that setting and is preferred for larger scaled installs.

 

 

Cabling is completed on this network.

Completed network with cabling.

In the above you can see the frame out of the network started. Already in this small office new lines have been added. Of course within 2 months a outside vendor started using different cables and the mess is starting on this network rack. Remember as the network admin it’s your “DUTY” (LOL) to keep your rack tidy. Troubleshooting for yourself or the next person is like karma….and easier to work on.

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