We’ve been creating structured cabling strategies for years, and we understand some of the many common mistakes that can be made in creating these plans. If you’ve noticed that your network has some performance issues that you haven’t been able to track down, the problem could be coming from how your cables are ran and laid out. Look for some of these common mistakes and, if you find any, call us.
One of the most basic mistakes many people make is thinking of cables as being nothing more than another type of wire or connector. But ethernet and other networking cables are more than power cords in that they are the paths that your data takes to travel from one point to another. This can be from the server to an employee’s computer, to the switch, or to the internet. Without these cables, you have no network. Even if you’re mostly wireless, you still have cables connecting your WiFi access points to the router and other devices. Cables are the most vital part of your network, and it’s important to treat them as such. They need to be protected, not left where they can easily be stepped on or tripped over.
Another common mistake is failing to test your cabling system when it’s installed. We do not make this mistake—we test everything so you know it will work correctly. Your cabling installation is something that you likely won’t do again unless you move buildings, so it’s important that it’s done correctly the first time. This test needs to check every cable that’s been installed so that you don’t later discover that somewhere, one of your cables is damaged or otherwise isn’t functioning correctly. It’s much more difficult to find and replace these cables after you’ve completely moved into the building.
As you grow as a company, your equipment room is likely to see some additions. Unfortunately, this is where all of the carefully planned cable runs and equipment setup can become a mess. Extra patch panels and cables can quickly get out of hand, especially if no room was left for expansion. We make certain there’s space for new equipment as it’s needed, so you don’t end up with a tangled mess. This makes it much easier for maintenance and additions, too.
Another common mistake that’s very easy to make is to run data cables and power cables together. This can interfere with data transfer by introducing noise into the data cable. There are a number of different issues this can cause, so it’s always best to avoid it.
We carefully craft our structured cabling strategy to avoid all of these common errors, so your network cables are running correctly and will support your network for years to come. We don’t want you to discover later that you need to open walls or ceilings to redo cables or add more. Our goal is to have everything done correctly the first time, so you don’t need to worry about your cables ever again.