7 things you should check while selecting a network cabling company in Toronto
Network cabling is considered as the lifeline of the IT infrastructure. Most often communications part is not given much consideration despite its importance for the overall productivity of an organization. Cabling if not installed properly can paralyze the network performance, causes maintenance headaches, and eventually lead to unexpected costs. Sometimes the communications work is sub-contracted to the Electricians or other trades by virtue of their other responsibilities. Without appropriate knowledge and training network cabling system cannot be properly deployed. While analog telephones cables can still tolerate some errors like loose terminations but data cabling is less forgiving.
1: Look for the technology you need
Investing in a latest technology do not always work. Be wise in choosing the data rates your organization need keeping in mind your current network infrastructure and future needs. Overspending on 10Gbps at this time won’t cut when you are not even planning to upgrade your network switches and other equipment in next 5 years. And if you need to move your office, you cannot take the network cabling with you. Don’t go for cheap cable either, you should consider reasonably high-end cable for your installation. Cat6 / Cat6A being mostly installed in new or upgrade projects.
2: Using different cabling for voice and data
Earlier people used to run better or high-speed cables for data while having 2-pair or low-grade cables for telephone. Cat3 cables can be used for analog or digital phones but they don’t get well along the VOIP or IP based phone systems. Based on the phone system you have and the telephone technology being used, Cables should be chosen accordingly. Todays’ converged networks with VOIP phones don’t differentiate between Data and voice usage. All the IP devices whether PC, Workstation, phones are considered equal as far as the network usage is concerned. Crux of the story: If you are going to run a separate cable for a phone (which you should), match the data cable type.
3: Follow all the building codes and laws
There is a reason to worry about this. First of all, failure to adhere to local codes can create dangerous issues for safety personnel. For example, plenum rated cable is require by law in any space where cables are installed through any plenum air return space. Failure to follow the codes can lead to serious legal implications, fines and may even have to replace your cabling costing extra money and time.
4: Cable support system
While hiring a cabling contractor, ask them about the type of cable support system they are going to provide. Ladder racks, cable trays, J-hooks, rack-based cable management, and the like does add cost but they make ongoing maintenance much easier. Also, in some areas the building code ask for such support system for cables so they can bear the weight instead of installing them on the ceiling tiles. This also helps when you need to add more cables.
5: Distance limitation
A typical Ethernet cable Cat6 in order to achieve 1Gbps has a distance limitation of 100 meters end-to-end. Other cable types and required speed has different requirements. One needs to be vigilant to identify the need for another network switch / IDF if the data cables are going to be more than 100 meters.
6: Cable routing
Always check the routes that being followed by the data/voice cables. The low voltage running through the cables creates a magnetic field which is a critical component of the communications cycle. When you run an unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cabling in parallel with electrical cables, high magnetic field from electrical wires distort the low voltage signal that can cause serious damage to the network performance. You also need to keep an eye on the Fluorescent lighting, motors, and similar items that can create electrical or magnetic interference with your cabling infrastructure.
7: Testing cabling infrastructure Testing is one of the critical phase in implementation phase of any cabling system. An experienced cabler will label and document all the wires in a properly in order to save time and efforts at the testing phase. The cables should be tested with appropriate tools to make sure that they pass all tests and are suitable for its intended use. The cabling standards are meant to be followed in order to provide a customer reliable and performing infrastructure. If you deviate from those standards, you risk introducing noise and inefficiency into your cable plant that can have a negative impact on overall network performance.
At ExcelLinx Communications premier data network cabling company in Toronto we help customer to find a right type of cable along with right equipment needed to build a reliable and robust communication network. Our expert installers have tons of experience in designing, planning and implementing Cat5e, Cat6 and Cat6a Cabling systems. Please visit us at www.excellinx.com for more information about our products and services. Our experts can help you choosing right fit for your business. We offer designing, engineering, Integration, installation, documentation and maintenance of EIA/TIA standard based Copper & Fiber optic premise cabling systems.