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How to Avoid Horrible Network Cabling
Category : IT Infrastructure Setup 23 Sep 2009 10:22 AM
For some companies and people the answer to avoiding horrible network cabling is to install a wireless network. Whilst this might be an adequate solution in some circumstances you will still need to install some cabling and, quite simply, not all network installations are suitable to going entirely WiFi. Having a structured cabling solution is one of the many network solutions that a reputable IT services provider in Hong Kong like Dual Layer can help you with.
Why you might need a hard-wired network.
The reason for this is invariably down to speed, hard wired networks will always give you faster speeds at the individual work-stations; unless you were to have a tiny WiFi network with individual WiFi routers per WiFi workstation. Even then each of these individual routers needs wiring back to the server, if you're to avoid a massive traffic jam at a WiFi router on the server. You might also have to consider your IT security if you're working in a data sensitive environment. Whilst WiFi security is much improved, it is still not as reliable as hard-wired networks.
Cabling horror stories.
Some businesses think that running network cables from server routers to PCs requires no standards to be applied at all; and then wonder why they're constantly needing to get an outside IT consultancy in to sort out their problems. You can visit some IT environments and see cables blu-tacked or even pinned with drawing pins to walls, running under carpets and simply trailing over desks and cabinets. Not only does such cabling present a health and safety issue but it can also be the cause of network slow-downs and even failures. Even worse, with cables trailing all over the place identifying where a problem is becomes a nightmare. Whether you're responsible for such a cabling system or it's a legacy one you've inherited, it really is time to think about the security and design of your network cabling.
Some cabling - did you knows.
Some people think that paying for professional cabling is a waste of money, after all anyone can crimp two ends of a cable! So, just in case you fancy yourself as a network cabler:
  • You need to keep at least 50mm between network cable and mains voltage, to avoid electrocution. If that can't be maintained the data cable needs to be passed through a length of armored trunking.
  • A network cable shouldn't run in parallel to and within 140mm of a power cable, for its entire length, to avoid cross-talk.
  • Data transmission down a network cable, especially a twisted pair one, is susceptible to variations in the resistance of the cable wires - that can be affected by it being trod on!
Professional network cabling help.
A professional Hong Kong IT services company like Dual Layer can not only tidy up your network cabling, but can design a structured cabling system such that server and PC down-time due to faulty cabling is eliminated. They will take the time to fit the correct trunking, embedding it and the cables in walls and ceiling spaces as required. Not to mention fitting the correct, repeaters, routers, patch panels and even wall-plate terminals, to ensure your network cable works to 100% efficiency. If you're considering start-ups or relocations for new computer installations, then you should ask about specialized computer flooring, which might be particularly suitable and cost effective in a new build.