18 Feb Network Cabling Systems Are Not One Size Fits All…
Network cabling systems come in all different shapes and sizes and the type that you have installed should be properly planned and designed in order to meet all the specific networking needs of your business.
So whether your company is thinking about either updating your current system or having a brand new one installed there are a number of factors that are essential for you to consider before you call in the network cabling installation professionals. You wouldn’t even think about starting a business without having a clearly defined plan with a set of goals and objectives first and the same should apply for when you are considering have a structured network cabling system installed, as the efficiency of your business is likely to depend on it.
There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to having a networking system installed and while a reputable network cabling company will carry out a comprehensive site survey for you, it is important that you first have a good understanding of exactly what you want your new system to provide for your business.
Two Heads Are Better Than One…
It is a good idea to get together with both your line managers and those who will be responsible for any information technology within your business, to ask for their input when deciding on your needs. A combined effort can often bring up factors that you may not have even considered if working on your own.
Working with a team who has a clear understanding of your company’s current and long term goals will enable you to successfully brainstorm and plan for all the different needs your business will have for technologies and applications both now and in the next few years.
Things to Consider
Below are some of the things that you may need to consider before you decide on having a new network cabling system installed. This list is by no means exhaustive but can possibly help your businesses project team in the brainstorming process when compiling your individual plan.
- How long is your company intending on staying in their current business premises?
- Are you planning on restructuring or relocating entire departments in the next few years?
- Is your company planning any major renovations or expansions in the foreseeable future?
- If you are looking at your first network system then how many buildings will it need to cover?
- Do you already have a networking infrastructure in place and if so how many computers and different devices does your business currently have?
- Which network applications or technologies does your company currently use?
- Are you thinking of incorporating any new applications, services or technologies?
- What type of data do you need to transmit and how much bandwidth will you need?
- How many staff will need to access the network and are you planning on employing more?
- Are all your users on-site or do you also have remote users and what are the estimated numbers of each?
- Will you also be requiring a wireless network extension incorporated into your system?
- Is there any installation deadline that you need the system to be installed and fully functional by?
- Will the areas that will need to be worked in only be accessible at certain times?
- Do you have security requirements in place that would require contractors to be escorted?
- Who is going to manage the system once it is installed?
- Will your staff need to be trained to use any aspect of the network?
- What is your overall budget for the installation and maintenance of your network?
Network Cabling Costs & Installation Pricing in Philadelphia
Below is our online guide on the different costs and pricing of installing a network cabling system that includes some great money saving tips.
Taking the time to come up with a comprehensive plan of your entire businesses possible network requirements will enable you to clearly explain them to the network cabling company before they carry out a site survey, so that they are in a position to provide the right cabling solutions for your needs now and the future. This will save you time and money in the long run as you will end up with a cabling system that can cater for your business needs for several years to come….