Network Cabling Services
Network cabling is not the most exciting topics, but bad cabling can lead to a host of problems, including a slow network and downtime.
Businesses running a slow network will be less productive, and staff may fight against constant bottlenecks in the system in order to do their jobs. The constant frustration may even cause some to leave.
A seemingly small problem just became huge. But don’t worry, network cabling isn’t as complicated as it sounds when you have the right expertise and support.
This quick guide will explain why network cabling is so important to your business. It sets out the best practices you can follow to reduce problems in this area.
Put simply, structured cabling is a configuration of cables and hardware in which a number of small ‘sub-systems’ make up one large network.
This system forms the backbone of your business’ computer network.
A series of patch panels and hardware ports sit in a rack to create an overarching structure for your system. From this ‘central’ point, cables spread out to connect hardware.
If your cabling is a static ‘point to point’ set up, this means that all cables run directly between hardware units with connectivity needs. There is little organization to your overall cabling structure.
Simple human error – cabling the wrong units together – can lead to long downtime, as your IT team subsequently works to identify the issue. Point to point cabling can even cause overheating, because poorly organized cables take up more space than neatly aligned cables.
A structured cabling system makes it much easier to track mistakes and rectify them. Centralizing your system in this way also makes it easier to deal with future movement, changes, and expansions.
And it looks so much more professional than a point to point approach. That might seem unimportant, but if you’re trying to impress clients who step into an office with cables everywhere – it might not look so good.
Speed and Reliability
Remember when network cabling relied on simple copper cabling? Nobody thought that we’d see the day when we’d transfer data at 100 Mbps or more.
Of course, we’ve far surpassed that now. Copper has become more efficient than it used to be. Plus, the new opportunities provided by fiber technologies mean that 1,000 Mbps networks might not be just a dream.
Choosing the right cabling is important. Newer cabling is faster, and durable too – but some types are more likely to be affected by noise. This might be induced by uncontrollable electromagnetic interference, temperature changes, and crosstalk.
You need to lay the cables in a way which protects them as much as possible from signal interference. In a worst-case scenario, for example, the interference was directly disrupting data distribution across the network, the entire cabling system could suffer from this.
So you need to be certain you’ve chosen the right type of cable, the right place, and suitably protected the cabling against noise.
Keeping Your Speed High Over Time
There’s actually another point about structured cabling to talk about here. It’s easier to replace cabling when it’s centralized, so upgrades become very straightforward.
Your IT team can run through a checklist of hardware and ports to make sure everything is matched up where it should be.
If you can upgrade your system whenever possible, you can keep it running at speeds which will allow you to keep up with your competitors!
Choosing Cabling Categories
There are several categories of ethernet cabling you need to be aware of.
The higher the category number, the better the speed, as a rule. The categories currently go up to 6a. Categories 6 and 6a are far superior to 5e, though 5e is still used at times, particularly to bridge short gaps where it wouldn’t greatly compromise speed.
Lower category cabling may also be used if there are budget constraints within your company. Or if data transfer requirements are relatively low, and therefore there is no harm with going for the cheaper option.
This article is about network cabling, and as we’ve said, this is extremely important. But your network needs to be configured in such a way that if a wired network fails, a wireless network is there to meet your demand.
Even networks which have been built superbly can encounter problems. When these kick in, you and your staff still have work to do.
A wireless system, suitably isolated from the common faults a wired system may develop, is the perfect backup solution. So it’s every bit as important as your wired network!
Of course, maintaining your wired network cabling is a key way to prevent this from happening in the first place. But it’s good to know a wireless network is available if it was needed.
Looking to the Future
It goes without saying that it’s important to keep future technological developments in mind when designing any network today.
No one foresaw twenty years ago that wireless connections or fiber network cabling would be commonplace. So maybe there’s something else around the corner that isn’t well known just now.
Your network needs to be ready for all possibilities. We can help to advise on future developments, and on strategies to be ready for these when they come about.
Professional Network Cabling
With up to 70% of network downtime being due to cabling problems, you need to take control of your cabling solutions.
Fortunately, with O.B. One Communications on your side, your business can not only meet but exceed industry standards without a hassle.
We design and implement network cabling systems, no matter how hard the job. Building networks between buildings, or installing overhead or underground lines is not a problem.
We’ll also help you look to the future and set up best practice strategies for when you need to make changes to your system. And yes, we’ll be there if you ever need troubleshooting services or repair work.
Our custom-designed network solutions will improve your business’ productivity and resolve any faults in existing systems. Contact us today and change your network cabling for good.