Wiring your office for a new network is an expensive task. It can also be a frustrating experience if not done correctly the first time.
These are three of the most common mistakes companies make when installing their office wiring.
- Skimping on Wire Maintenance – Wire maintenance devices such as a ladder rack or wire rack system are often seen as added, unnecessary expenses when a small business is setting up a network. Yes, these systems are a bit more pricey, but they will save you headaches down the road should you ever need to upgrade your system or troubleshoot a problem.
- Running data cable parallel to electrical wiring – If you are building a new office or remodeling an existing space, it may be tempting to run your data cable along with the electrical cables in the walls. After all, the holes are already drilled, right? Wrong. Data cable is an unshielded cable. The magnetic field in the data cable is disrupted by the current in the electrical lines. If you must cross the two, intersect at a perpendicular angle.
- Not preparing for the future – Most of the cost involved in having a company come in and set up a network for your office lies in the labor as opposed to the materials. Take a good look at your business plan and have the company wire your office for where you will be ten years from now. Doing the extra wiring now will cost a bit more, but it will be a lot less expensive than having a company come back in ten years and try to tap into your existing system and fish new wires.
To talk more about network cable installation in your office, or anything else related to office networking, please contact Bluwater Technologies. Thanks.