While installing network cabling may seem like a simple task, it can become complicated and difficult. Network cable installation involves important decisions relating to wiring, infrastructure, connection types, and security.
The mistakes made during the installation process can have long-term consequences that range from slowing down your network speeds to increasing the risk of data breaches.
Here at Cloud1 IT, we have years of experience and expertise to help ensure your network cable installation goes smoothly. We have collected the following lessons and tips from industry experts to help you avoid common pitfalls when installing cables. Here are our top lessons learned:
Mistake 1: Not making plans for the future
One of the most common mistakes made when installing network cabling is not planning for the future. It’s easy to think about what you need now, but it’s important to consider how your technology needs might change over time. Think about expanding or relocating offices in the future and plan accordingly by leaving some extra cable slack in your installation.
Mistake 2: Incorrect Type of Cable
Another mistake to avoid when installing network cabling is using the wrong type of cable. Different types of cables are designed for specific applications, so it’s important to choose the right one for your project. Consider what type of data throughput you will need and select the most appropriate cable.
Mistake 4: Forgetting to leave space for cable removal
It can be easy to get carried away when installing cables, but forgetting to leave space for future upgrades and repairs is a big mistake. Cables should never be tucked in too tightly as this will make it difficult or even impossible to remove them later on.
Mistake 5: Incorrect use of connectors and terminations
Using incorrect connectors or terminations can cause problems with the network’s performance and security. It’s important to select the right type of connector for each cable and make sure that they are securely fastened in place. Improperly terminated cables can lead to signal interference, data breaches, and other issues.
Mistake 6: Ignoring Safety Requirements
Finally, it’s important to not forget about safety requirements when installing network cabling. Make sure that all cables are labeled and kept away from potential hazards such as open flames or water sources.
Mistake 7: Incorrect Installation Methods
Another common mistake is not following the proper installation methods as laid out by the manufacturer. This can result in cables that are installed incorrectly, leading to data transmission problems or even physical damage to the cable itself.
Mistake 8: Running cable in close proximity to “noisy” devices and fixtures
Finally, it’s important to avoid running cables near devices or fixtures that generate noise. This can interfere with the signals carried by the cable and lead to data loss or transmission errors. fluorescent lighting, motors, and other gadgets that emit electrical or magnetic interference can cause chaos too! So when you’re mapping out your cabling infrastructure, make sure to steer clear of these pesky hazards.
Mistake 9: Not adhering to laws/codes/ordinances
It’s also important to make sure that your network cabling installation adheres to any laws, codes, and ordinances related to the type of work being done. This includes ensuring that cables are safely secured and out of reach or sight of unauthorized personnel.
Mistake 10: Not Testing Your Network
Once your installation is complete it’s important to test your network to make sure that everything is working properly. This will not only confirm that the cable connections are secure but also identify any potential performance or security issues before they become a problem.
How can Cloud1 It can help?
At Cloud1 IT, we understand the complexities of installing network cabling. We provide professional advice and assistance in order to ensure that your installation meets industry standards and best practices. Our team of experienced technicians can provide the guidance needed to ensure that your cabling is installed correctly and quickly. Additionally, we provide testing services to identify any potential performance or security issues before they become a problem.
Installing network cabling is a complex process that requires knowledge, experience, and attention to detail. By avoiding these common mistakes and seeking expert advice, you can ensure that your installation is done properly and offers optimal performance for years to come. Reach out to Cloud1 IT Solutions today to get started on your project!