Five Considerations When Installing Network Cables for Your Startup

18 August 2016
 Categories: Technology, Blog


Cabling your startup business can be a difficult task if proper planning is not put to it. Also, poorly installed data cables can lead to business inefficiencies and costly maintenance routines. If you want to kick-start your business without any glitches, as a far as telephone and internet are concerned, a data cabling expert can be useful at this point. Here are a few considerations when you are installing network cables for your business.

Adequate Planning — You will need to assess the data needs of your business. Will you need high bandwidth connection or would a low connection suffice? You should also consider the need for system upgrade in future to improve the latency and speed of your network. Another area that you should plan for is the cabling technology that you will be adopting. A rule of thumb is that you should install cables that will meet your current and projected future needs without being overly costly.

Safety Regulations and Laws — In every jurisdiction, there are local ordinances, codes, and laws that guide the installation of cables in a commercial building. To adhere to these regulations, have an expert conduct the installation. This way, you will almost guarantee that first respondents and employees will be safe from any potential hazards related to faulty cables. Also, you avoid penalties or lawsuits related to negligence if you were held responsible for any safety violation.

Testing and Backup — After installing the network cables, the first thing will be to test the system. Testing will show whether there are problems that need immediate fixing. Moreover, your organization should have several layers of redundancy (backups) meant to increase your up-time and guarantee data safety. You can have the hardware, network, or power redundancy layers installed to ensure that you do not lose any critical data.       

Combining Data and Electrical Cabling — Industry experts recommend that if you want to enjoy high-speed internet in your organization, you should never run these two cables parallel to each other, especially if the data cabling is unshielded. Electricity interferes with the low magnetic field created by data cables. What you now get are low rates of data transmission that can severely affect communication. If you want your network to combine the two cabling, you will have to align them perpendicular to each other.   

Labor Costs — Installing network cables can be a very costly affair in terms of labor. Even though the cost of the cabling and fixtures may be substantial, it cannot surpass that of labor. You should be mindful of this reality when planning the installation. The expert will do the legwork of color-coding, running the cables through ceilings and walls, and fixing routers and other devices such as Ethernet switches. Consult different service providers before agreeing on a contract. You will save more money in the process.