How to ensure your data cabling installation is a success

How to ensure your data cabling installation is a success

Data cabling may seem like a minor component in overall IT infrastructure but it actually underpins everything. An installation involves drilling holes, running hundreds of feet of cable and also integrating this with other parts of the building, such as pipes and existing cables. So, what can you do to ensure that the process of data cabling installation is a success?

Plan the installation process

You will need to plan the physical installation of data cabling with an eye on current needs, as well as those most likely to arise in the near future. It is frustrating to successfully go through the process of data cabling installation only to then find yourself having to repeat it two years later. So, when you’re planning the installation process, align this with your business strategy so that you can make sure you will have a data cabling infrastructure in place to support this.

Make cable management a priority

Cable management is difficult to do retrospectively so should be integrated into the data cabling installation process. This will make everything much simpler, from maintenance to enabling network expansion. Racks and cabling equipment are a good investment at this stage in the process, as they will provide you with organised cabling that makes it easy to develop or troubleshoot the system. Consider colour coding or labeling your cables so that you can identify what the cables are and where they go.

Look into the industry standards

If you’re working with a professional installer then this is something that you can chat through during initial correspondence. Industry standards exist to ensure the quality and the efficiency of the data network that you create so it’s well worth familiarising yourself with how this could impact on your enterprise before you start the planning and installation process.

Be well informed about data cabling

There are a number of key considerations that are very specific to data cabling and which could have an impact, not just on the installation process, but also on the way that everything performs once the installation is complete. For example:

  • Avoid proximity to electrical cables. Data cabling is unshielded, which makes it susceptible to the magnetic field of electrical cables, which can severely interfere with the data cables’ own magnetic field. This could result in interference with the signal and may even require a whole new installation to be carried out if the signal is completely blocked.
  • Keep clear of anything that buzzes. Running data cabling close to other equipment or devices with a magnetic field will have a similar effect as being too close to electrical cables.

Test your cabling as you go

The best approach to data cabling installation is to keep testing throughout the process. It makes much more sense to test each cable as it is installed than to wait until the installation is complete and discover that there is an issue.

Suna Communication are infrastructure specialists with more than 20 years’ experience. We can help support your business in all its data cabling installation needs.

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