Common Network Cabling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Connection is what makes the world go ‘round. Network cables enable these connections and run through our offices, buildings and homes connecting people to people, and businesses to customers.

Throughout this network of cabling, many organizations are still making detrimental cabling mistakes that are affecting their network connections and, ultimately, their operational efficiency. Below are three common categories of mistakes made with network cables.

Don’t make the same mistakes that so many others have made. Avoid the corporate headache and take the necessary precautions to protect your business.

1) Not Planning for the Future

You don’t need a time machine to see how far we’ve come in technology. In fact, you need only go back one, two, even three years! The leaps and bounds we make annually renders even some of the latest technological innovations obsolete.

Connecting your network should include a look into the future. Where does your business plan to be? How would you like to operate? Do you need the bare minimum, or do you plan to upgrade and update yearly? Do you plan to move, expand or add locations? The answers to these questions will help identify your network cabling needs both today and in years to come.

Consider your future and connect accordingly.

2) Ignoring Cable Management

Active management of your network cable infrastructure is critical . Even global organizations make mistakes! The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, home to the illustrious Large Hadron Collider, has recently run into waste issues. Instead of replacing and recycling cables once they were used and unnecessary, they simply connected cables beside them. Now, they’re in a tight bind and need to identify and disconnect 9,000 cables.

Take control of your business or organization and do just that–organize! With the right tools and processes, organizing network cables will become second nature. Spending a little here and there now, will save you in the long run.

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3) Placing Network Cables in the Wrong Area

Placement of cables in relation to other equipment is a large part of effective network cable connections. Depending on the size of your organization, cables can take up a lot of space. They need to be easily reached for maintenance, but not be an obstruction in the workplace. In striking this balance, make sure that network cables are not exposed to any interference.

Noise can interfere with data cables through fluorescent lights, motors, or other electrical or magnetic items. Ensure that network cable placement is secure and avoids any of these hazardous materials.

Connecting Your Cable Network the Right Way

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