There is virtually no business today that is completely free from technology. Technology is utilised in most daily operations. Whether it is part of the direct service that a company delivers, enables the communications required to connect them to their customers, or is a part of the actual production of their product, computers and telecommunications are an integral part of running any business. To operate in the desired way, you need more than a set of computers and telephones. Network cabling is necessary to connect the system to all the required workstations, the Internet, and to the outside world.
As vital and useful as network cabling is, it can also be the source of many headaches. Faulty or insufficient network cabling can cost your company dearly, including but not limited to lost revenue, lower production, increased employee frustration and turnover, and higher operational costs to name but a few.
On the positive side, all of these potential nightmares can easily be avoided, ensuring that your business runs smoothly and efficiently. Here are some top tips to help you approach your network cabling in a logical and manageable way to avoid unnecessary complications:
Plan, Plan, Plan
The planning process cannot be emphasised enough. Almost every aspect of your business makes use of cabling, whether it’s your computer system, Internet access, telephone lines, printers, or CCTV system. The list goes on. Do not view these as separate entities when planning your network. These cables take up a significant amount of space and need to co-exist in a neat and efficient way while also allowing for expansion as and when necessary. Make provision for this.
Consider your Cables Carefully
Cables should be treated with respect in order to get the optimal performance out of them. This includes not bundling too many cables together at a time, and not stacking too many bundles on top of each other. This could lead to the poor performance of cables. The same goes for the length of cables – limit cable length to 90% of the recommended maximum length for the specific cable type to leave room for the end-to-end connection patch cables.
Make your Modular Furniture Work for You
It is vital to place cables in an orderly and easily accessible way. This makes maintenance easier, protects them, and extends the lifespan of your network cabling. Modern office furniture is often of modular nature and is designed to accommodate network cabling. If possible, plan your office furniture and cables together, and make use of the trays, grommets, and pathways provided by the furniture to organise your cables. These are designed for ease of use.
Make Sure the Documentation is Up to Date
No matter how simple your network cabling seems to you and how much sense it makes upon installation, make sure everything is clearly labelled and documented. This includes a floor plan, detailed diagram, label identifications, the type of cables used in different areas, as well as the patching information. Keep this in an easily accessible place, make sure you have a copy kept safe, and also ensure that all subsequent updates are noted on these plans.
Get the Experts Involved
How hard can it be to lay down a couple of cables, right? Well, the truth is that this is no easy feat, and any mistake can end up being extremely costly, and could even bring your business grinding to a halt. Rather than risk this, get the network cabling experts to take care of your needs and allow us to take care of the installation. Contact CCI Technology Solutions to assist you. With well over three decades of experience, we are your top choice for turnkey IT-connectivity solutions.