Network cabling is critical to operations in almost every possible business you can imagine. A computer network is at the heart of every commercial facility. It often connects several computers (could be hundreds even) to each other, to the internet, to one or more intranets, and of course to a wide array of peripherals and hardware like scanners, printers etc. Needless to say, you can lose precious data or work time if your cables do not work properly.
Choosing the Right Company
It is very important to choose a reliable company, and there are several factors you should consider before you hire anybody. For instance, experience is an important factor in choosing a company to manage your cabling, and its portfolio on the website will give you an insight in who they worked for, what technologies they use and what types of cables they specialize in. If they have worked for large companies, it means they are able to perform any task and that they are dependable. It adds even greater validity to the perceived credibility of how the company does business.
Then there is the question of providing customer support. The company you choose should be able to fix your cabling issues day or night, and make sure no work time is lost. If you need upgrading or replacing the entire cable system, then the company you hire should be able to provide these services as well. The company’s employees should be eager to help and dispatch technicians to your business facility at once. And they should also be knowledgeable enough to assist you in the purchasing process and on-time deliveries.
Specific Requirements for Different Types of Business
One thing that has to be taken into consideration when it comes to cabling is also choosing the correct wiring standard for your business space. There are two wiring standards for network cabling – T568a and T568b. T568a and T568b must never be combined on the same cable.
Make sure you use high-quality CAT 5e or CAT 6 cabling. These cables are the most widely-installed categories.
Determine whether your cabling meets the requirements of your equipment. Bear in mind that the distance between a transmitter and a receiver cannot be greater than 325 feet. The distance between the socket and the computer also plays a pivotal role. Cabling should not be run next to the electrical mains cabling because there is a chance of interference.
If you use a camera outdoors or the network cable is routed outdoors, it important to use a Shielded Twisted Pair (STP) cable, which maintains a high degree of immunity to Radio Frequency. All STP cables should be grounded.
The use of solid wires in a cable network requires those wires never to be twisted or bent into a tight radius, i.e. not less than four times the diameter of the cable. A network cable is made of four pairs of twisted wires marked blue/blue white, white orange/orange white, white green/green white, white brown/brown white. Make sure that no more than 0.15⁄64 inches of the cable are twisted at either end. If you fail to fulfill this requirement, problems such as “near and cross-talk” can arise.
There are many other factors to be taken into consideration, so make sure you hire a reliable network cable company, which is a specialist in its field.