We’ve all seen this kind of nightmare cabling installation. But hey, ‘’A cable is a cable, right? It doesn’t matter how you install it, as long as it is quality equipment!’’
Well, think again. Not only a bad installation will give headaches to your network technicians, but it can also bring many unsuspected troubles like reduced speed, increased interference, poor network performance and wi-fi dead spots. At its worst, a lousy cabling installation can be a fire hazard.
A common cause for low speed is using the wrong cable for the distance to be covered. As an example, Cat6 cables cans support a 10GB ethernet speed. But when stretching over 164 feet, its maximum speed will decrease and give a similar performance to a Cat5e cable. Distance should always be considered when planning your cabling set up to cover each area with the fastest speed.
Wi-fi Dead Spots
Poor cabling installation can cause wi-fi dead zones in a few different ways. The router position can have significant repercussions on your internet connectivity. Buildings made out of brick or metal, or older buildings with chicken wire supports in the walls, can block your wi-fi signal. Brick and wi-fi make for a terrible connection.
When dealing with this type of building, you need to be careful about where you install the router. Otherwise, it may not cover the entire area and create dead spots.
Also, if your wi-fi signal dies just outside the room where the router sits, this could mean a lack of power. It is often a sign of more significant structural issues. Improper cable installation can be the cause. There could be a weak connection between cables, or the wrong type of cable was used over an incorrect distance, creating a low power flow.
Efficient network design means well-structured, high-tech, high-port-density cables. A simple way to measure the effectiveness of a design is to count the number of ports per unit of rack
space. The more ports you have, the better your design. Efficient design makes cable handling easier. Cables must be properly labelled and organized so that they are easy to use and look neat. Cables scattered on the floor and entangled in the office in the server room can reduce network efficiency and make cable management difficult when needed. Your IT network should look neat and clean, with easy-to-read labels.
When using copper cables, you should consider the level of electromagnetic interference nearby. Fluorescent lights, motors, air conditioners, and power cords can create such interference. When working in a large industrial building whit many electromagnetic interference sources, we recommend using fibre or coaxial cable. These two types of cables are not as susceptible to EMI (electromagnetic interference) as twisted-pair copper wires.
A typical example of crosstalk occurrence is when you can hear someone else’s conversation when on the phone. This happens with copper cables when one channel transmits a signal that affects another channel negatively.
There are two different types of crosstalk: near-end and far-end. Near-end crosstalk is measured at the same end of the
cable where the signal comes from. Far-end crosstalk occurs when the signal comes from the other end of the cable. You can reduce crosstalk by avoiding Cat5 or Cat5e cables, avoiding wires that are too tight, and by splitting the cables properly.
Reduced cable lifetime
The cables are the nervous system of your network installation. Using outdated cable technologies can reduce the overall lifetime of your cabling installation.
To avoid having to replace it sooner, you should be up-to-date on the latest technologies available. It’s important to future-proof your network as much as possible by using the best technology out there now.
When using outdated cables, they may not integrate smoothly with your other office systems. Or they will not be able to integrate at all with any updated office systems, like VoIP, that you might add to your systems within the next few years. You pay a lot of money for cabling installation. Don’t pay it all again because of a lack of planning.
At Solutions Safda, We believe that networks should be set up right the first time. We can help you plan your next installation and provide you with the latest technologies for a network you can rely on!