Top 8 Common Networking Cable Errors

Network cable connection plays a huge role in today’s modern world. It enables several connections between the systems of our homes, establishments, and businesses.

Several business owners are still making bad mistakes in the cabling process when setting up their network cable system. They don’t know that these mistakes can affect their network connections and the efficiency of their business’ performance.

To ensure you don’t make similar mistakes, we made this guide for you. Time to avoid commercial or residential headaches and take the utmost precautionary measures by avoiding the following cabling network errors.

Error 1: Using Contrast Cabling Network

Before, companies make use of different cabling for data and voice because it’s too expensive. Considering that the voice system was less complex of service and only requires a single pair of cables, cheap cabling was utilized.

Now, a brand new voice cabling installation  is available. It can still be pricey, but the bulk of the  cost is generally for labor. Thus, the cabling cost itself is lesser. Moreover, with the rise of VoIP services, the voice system in several areas has transcended to data system which needs a data-related cabling process. As a matter of fact, with the proper VoIP equipment, there’s no need to use existing cable data while using VoIP’s Ethernet cables. Through this, you can save on installation costs.

Bottom Line

Never assume you can just use old category cable system for voice. Make sure to match the cable type if running a separate voice cabling.

Error 2: Not Planning Ahead

More organizations have transitioned to 100 Mbps network connection for desktop use, regardless if 1 Gbps is the standard. Say, for example, your business is moving to a new place and installing a new cabling network is a requirement. Do you still opt to make use of yesterday’s cabling technology which isn’t ideal in meeting today’s cabling needs?

Whilst top-notch cable type isn’t the most pricey option, consider buying high-quality cables for the installation. Take note, labor is the most expensive part of the cabling process. You may not go with the absolute best, but ensure you don’t go for substandard ones, either.

Error 3: Installing Cables With Electrical Wires in Parallel Form

All data cables use unshielded twisted pairs for optimum performance. The so-called magnetic field transmitted by the low power that runs through the cable is a vital communication sequence component. Whenever you run a cabling network (unshielded twisted pairs) with electrical cables, there will be a disruption in the magnetic field causing noisy and garbled communication.

If there is a need to get close to the electrical lines, ensure you install the cables in perpendicular manner.

Error 4: Disregarding Cable Management

Cable management is often seen as “not-so-important” type of process. Although this whole concept does add cost, but ongoing cabling maintenance will make it easier. Remember that the cabling process will not only end with the installation. More and more cables will be further installed.

So, ensure you label your cables accordingly. Implement color-coded cables or use other means to make the process less difficult and easier to determine which cable is which.

Error 5: Installing Cables Close to “Noisy” Devices

Noise or what you called as interferences can be present on data cabling which can ruin your network system. The noise can be caused by fluorescent lighting, electric motors, and other items that transmit magnetic interference. So, ensure that as a part of your plan, you create a pathway for your data cable that prevents any “noise” or any type of hazard.

Error 6: Not Testing the Newly Installed Cabling System

After the cabling is installed, make sure to test it using the right tools to ensure that it’s suitable for its designed use. Perform length and cable verification if they matched your needs.

Error 7: Not Complying With Standards

You must put cabling standards into consideration as it will set your network infrastructure smoothly and accordingly. Otherwise, you’ll put your cabling system at risk to noise and other harmful interferences. These can have a degenerating impact on the network’s performance.

Error 8: Not Considering Distance Restrictions

Typically, a standard UTP cabling distance with Ethernet is approximately 100 meters. You will know this if you have run a cabling network already. On the contrary, if you run cabling for different purposes — 10 or 40 Gbps — take note of the distance restrictions related to the cabling type you use.

Say, for example, you want to run a twisted pair cabling to 10 Gbps and up to 100 meters, Cat5e bulk cable is recommended.

Conclusion

Possible cabling mistakes can be avoided if you’re careful enough. These common errors will help you get through your cabling installation without a glitch. Thus, connection will be smooth and noise free. Regardless if it’s for residential or commercial purposes, following proper cable management standards will put your network connection to top-notch quality.

References:

https://www.cablelan.com/common-network-cabling-mistakes/
https://www.firefold.com/blogs/news/11-common-networking-cable-mistakes
https://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/10-things-you-shouldnt-do-when-running-network-cable/