5 All Too Common Network Cabling Installation Mistakes

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Before letting a computer savvy friend or an inexperienced low bidder set up your network cabling, be aware of these five very common installation errors that could cost you. Poorly done network cabling installations may be cheaper up front but you will end up paying for it in the long run.

cat5e-network-cabling-2Mistake #1 – Not Enough Planning

Not properly planning the job is the biggest and most common mistake found among network cabling installations by non-professionals. There are literally dozens of questions that need answers before you can even think about beginning the job. How many rooms need to be wired? How many ports will you need? What path should the cables take? What speed do you need? What type of cable is best for the job? Those questions are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to properly planning.

Mistake #2 – Not Using Cable Management

For business owners who are trying to scrimp and save, they might think they can get away with not having a ladder rack, not bothering to color code, and not labeling the cables, but setting it up cleanly will save you money in the long run. Even if the messy system works initially, it will eventually need maintenance. Imagine how many more hours of labor you will end up paying for when a technician needs to pull each cable one at a time to identify the issue.

Mistake #3 – Running Network Cable Parallel to Electric Cable

Low voltage network cabling creates a magnetic field, which is a necessary component to its proper function. Running any electrical wiring too close can cause interference and upset your connection. As a result you may end up with a slow connection or even worse, no connection at all.

Mistake #4 – Running Network Cable Near Other “Noisy” Devices

Network cable can be sensitive and easily disrupted. Electromagnetic interference (EMI) hinders the ability of receivers to detect data packets resulting in increased errors and network congestion. For the best connection you want to avoid all sources of 50/60hz interference and keep it a good distance away from things like fluorescent lighting, air conditioner motors and any other electrical devices.

Mistake #5 – Not Adhering to Local Codes and Laws

Codes, ordinances, and laws pertaining to low voltage cabling varies from state to state, city to city, and some times even from one municipality to another. Professional network cabling companies are familiar with the local requirements and will make sure the job is done to code. If caught by a building inspector or fire marshal for violating laws or not having your wiring up to code, your business could face hefty fines or worse be forced to rip it all out and start over if the set up poses a safety hazard.

Network cabling installations are best left to professionals. Getting the job done right the first time will save you from having major headaches down the road. For a free consultation and quote to have your office network cabling installation done professionally, contact us today.