27 Feb Installing a Structured Network Data Cabling System
Having a well designed and properly installed structured network cabling system is essential for it to meet the current and future networking needs of your business.
The three main elements that an efficient network cabling system should have are that it is properly designed, only uses quality components and is correctly installed with professional workmanship.
Designing a Network Cabling System
Properly designing a network cabling system is an essential first step when having a network cabling system installed and it is important to take into consideration the following points when it comes to designing your next cabling project.
System Components & Standards
When you design a network cabling system you will first need to decide which type of components will best suit your networking needs. You will also have to consider the standards that are related to all the different aspects of these components and your installation, ensuring that all the different elements are capable of interconnecting properly with each other.
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) for the cabling industry within the US, have laid out a number of standards and regulations that should be adhered to when designing and installing network cabling systems.
The business world is constantly evolving and your network cabling system should be flexible enough to accommodate any possible future changes that may take place in your business. This could include things such as specific workstations being moved or extra ones added, the number of outlets within an area needed increasing, along with the introduction of any new devices or technologies.
Installing a cabling system takes a considerable amount of time and hard work so you will want to design a system that will last for many years to come, rather than having to be replaced by a newer version in the near future. Also when choosing the type of cabling system that you need it is prudent to choose the most up to date technology that you can afford, so that it can meet both your current and future needs.
Access & Documentation
Also when designing and installing a cabling system it is important to make sure that it is properly documented and easy to access. System documentation includes all the relevant information about the different components that the system consists of and where they are placed within the system. While documentation normally takes place during installation it may be worthwhile making a note of all the different components, so that they are listed ready to prepare a detailed cabling map.
This documentation along with ease of access enables any future repairs or changes needed to wires, hubs, routers or other components to be quickly and easily carried out.
Last but by no means least you will need to decide how much money you can afford to spend on your cabling system. You need to take into account the above factors along with how long you are going to need your cabling system for. Look at both your current and possible future needs and then you can take an educated decision on what the best options are for your business within your budget restraints.
It is advisable to have a professional network cabling technician design your network cabling system for you, as they will be able to discuss your specific needs with you and then offer the best value for money solutions for your individual situation.
Another important element of an efficient cabling system is the use of quality components as these will directly affect the networks transmission efficiency. Choosing quality components does not always mean that you have to buy the most expensive ones and you should look at things like the materials that they are made of and how they are assembled. It is worthwhile shopping around and comparing all the different vendors and their prices on the different internet sites.
When it comes to having a structured network cabling system installed it is paramount that it is carried out properly and not rushed. Shoddy workmanship can cause all sorts of issues such as data-transmission problems and can even call for the entire job to have to be carried out again properly.
This is why it is always best to choose a reputable professional network cabling company to carry out the installation for you. Why not give our highly trained network cabling technicians at Bridge Cable a call today…