Role of Data CablingIt is very important to understand the role of the correct data cabling infrastructure, not only to eliminate bit errors and decrease noise levels but to make sure that any problem rearing its ugly head is managed and ultimately solved successfully. The installation should also be tested properly as equipment faults are rather easy to repair or even replace during installation. However if not corrected these problems can cost a ton and create problems.
AssessmentsAssessment of current and future infrastructure requirements are of highest importance. The assessment will require a physical survey by a cabling installer. He or she will determine construction type used or if the one you are planning to use will suffice, location of your wire closet or main server room, if intermediate points from main point will be needed (normally recommended with large corporations or spaces), calculate the various cable run measurements and last but not least to identify special cable needs such as fiber optics.
EnvironmentThe network environment plays an essential part in determination of cabling type. The installation should undoubtedly suit the environment as some networks are just plain incompatible with either optic fiber or copper installations. If you require very low noise levels, copper installations are the preferred choice as optical fibers, Cat5e and Cat6 have a greater tendency for transmission problems in the form of electromagnetic and radio frequency interferences.
Network Traffic AnalysisNetwork traffic analysis is done by means of network analyzers or monitors. These tools give installers inside info into broadcast traffic on certain network segment and transmitter packages. Network bandwidth requirements are determined by usage of a network analyzers. These analyzers check the transmission of data over several day and at different times of the day.
Accounting For GrowthYour network should have the ability to adapt smoothly with business growth. This is mainly why future bandwidth usage assessments are conducted. It is highly recommended that you implement too much cabling infrastructure than too little. Keep your network administrator updated on any expansion plans for the business as he or she needs to take this into consideration for any network changes.
ExpenseCat5e, Cat6 or optical fiber cabling options cost significantly more than your normal copper wiring. However there is no getting away from it. If your network requires a specific conveyance media-get it. Current short-cuts will cost a lot of time and effort in the long haul. Think away any bright ideas of getting away with cheaper alternatives. The concept behind current and future bandwidth requirement assessments is to save you money long-term. Don't try DIY cabling as the little money you are saving now will catch up when you make a huge mess of the whole infrastructure with you lack of knowledge and ability. Get a couple of quotes from cabling company's, price variations are guaranteed as each company has it's own pricing criterion.
Quality Inspections and TestingQuality control in the form of regular inspections is very important to make sure that the installer only uses quality cables, connections and cords. Bit rate error, bandwidth reservation, application identification and differentiations as well as web interfacing tests are absolutely essential.
Successful InstallationSuccessful installation of cables will ensure that the network operates at it's highest potential and functionality. Remember to have the cable installer certify the installation.