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Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Networking Cable

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Mar 13, 2019 2:00:00 PM

When a new installation is taking place or an update is needed, some potential mistakes may be overlooked. Often, trying to get a project done as easy and cost-effective as you can, can sometimes a few areas may be overlooked. If a project is rushed and not properly planned from the beginning that could result in a company facing hidden costs and slower network performance.


When you are installing networking cable be sure to avoid these potential mistakes:

1. Poor Cable Management

First and foremost you want to always be sure you are carefully managing cables that need to be installed, along with specifications and proper technique. It's imperative to get this mistake out of the way when properly installing networking cable. This means making sure cables are properly labeled, organized and are easy to access. This will essentially will require less maintenance in the long run.
      2. Running Cables Parallel to Electrical Cables
The twisted aspect to networking cables helps with interference so that there is no cross talk within the cable. When installing a networking cable, if it is installed alongside or on top of electrical cables can interfere with the connection and quality of a signal. Because networking cables are sensitive to electromagnetic fields, they should be kept away from electrical wires, air conditioning motors. One tip would be to cross them perpendicular instead of parallel.
      3. Separate Cables for Data and Voice
The traditional way was two separate cables since data cables were always seen as more expensive. It is part of the    cable management and planning process to install one single twisted pair networking cable rather than two separate. With the rise of VoIP for company's phone services, a company is better off using one cable rather than two.
     4. Limited Space for Removal
Since cables are constantly evolving and IT structures change frequently, sometimes cables are hardware need updates. There needs to be an ideal amount of space to remove older cables. When space is limited it could allow for a hazardous and tight environment along with issues replacing older cable moving forward. 
     5. Not Completing Proper Testing
When installing a cable it is ALWAYS a good idea to test the cable to ensure that it is working properly and  effectively.  This involves checking the length and any specifications for the cable's requirements. When mistakes arise due to lack of testing, it can lead to issues with the outcome for the cabling speed and could be expensive to fix in the long run. Making sure you know what cables are needed following the speed transmission guideline lines and testing prior to job complete are one of the most important mistakes to avoid in a cable installation.

To ease your installation with networking cables we are now offering a variety of networking accessories in different colors to meet your needs. Need help with installations in general? Click on our video page for some product installation pointers or contact our Product Line Managers at sales@westpennwire.com.
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