Network Cabling Basics – What to Expect from Your Cabling Installer
Cabling is the backbone of your network, meeting the unique needs of your business
It’s far from sexy, but network cabling is one of the most important parts of your network. A top-notch cabling system effortlessly handles local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), Internet and Intranet services, security cameras, fire alarms, phone systems and other essentials.
Installing a cabling system involves much more than showing up at your office with a few spools of cable. Before we run one cable, we’ll meet with you at your location and conduct a site survey that will help us create an infrastructure that meets your needs now – and 10 years from now.
Our site survey includes:
- A thorough inspection of your site. The survey will help us understand how you’ll use your network. We’ll look at where people work and where printers and servers are located, then create a site map that ensures connections are available exactly where you need them.
- Identification of issues that could affect installation. Maybe you’re moving into a new office and need to set things up with your telecommunications provider before we can install cable. Perhaps you’re renovating your office and must complete some of the work before we can lay new cable. Understanding these issues will help us develop a realistic timeframe for your project.
- A discussion about the future. We’ll also ask about your plans for the future. If your five-year plan includes eventually adding new employees and work stations, we’ll add extra voice and data drops to accommodate your future needs. Although you could wait and install new cable when you actually expand the office, it will be much cheaper to include extra drops now.
- Identification of potential problems. Will your cable have to share space in the ceiling with electrical wires and fixtures? When cables are placed too close to electricity sources, transmission can become garbled. We’ll create separate pathways to keep your network cables away from anything that can create noise.
- If your network cables must share the same space with the air handling system, we’ll use a plenum-rated cable that doesn’t emit noxious fumes in the event of a fire. Plenum cable is required by the building code, and we’re all about making sure your system is up to code.
- Choosing the right type of cabling for the job. All cable is not created equal. We’ll recommend the type of cable that can stand up to your network needs, whether that’s copper infrastructure cable, fiber optic cable or specialty cable. In fact, we may use several different types of cable in your installation.
You can help ensure that the plan we develop is as complete as possible by ensuring that we can access every inch of your building during the site survey. That may mean finding keys for certain rooms or informing your staff that we’ll be visiting. Floor plans are extremely helpful. While we’re at your office, we’ll spend a lot of time measuring, brainstorming and thinking out of the box to find the best way to meet your network cabling needs at a price you can afford.