When you have the cable guy in…
With today’s modern WiFi offices we sometimes forget that cable in most cases is still king. While the technology has come on in leaps and bounds with the advent of ‘n’ and now ‘ac’ we still see that assuming your cable goes directly to a switch (i.e. you don’t have a daisy chain of hubs and switches) you will get much better response times and speeds from the old fashioned twisted copper cable.
With this in mind most companies at some point will decide to bring in a cable guy to run some structured cabling when the desks get moved around or you move into a new premises. The temptation is always to just do enough, to not run more than required as you’ll be charged per metre for the cable. This is a false economy as the major cost in cabling is generally labour and if you’re pulling one cable you can just as easily pull 2, 4, whatever suits and the only extra is that low price per metre.
It is much better practice to pull twice what you might need and even if you leave the cable un-terminated in the ceiling at least if you suddenly get another staff member or decide to move the printer at least all you have to do is drop the cable and put a network socket on the end of it.
Also remember to have everything terminated at the patch cabinet onto a patch panel. The highest number of outages we’ve seen caused by network cabling have been due to someone terminating onto plugs and the internal strands either snapping or coming loose. Without getting technical patch leads and patch panels are up to the stresses and strains of unplugging and twisting that the structured cabling is not capable of.
And finally don’t get the painter to do it either, we’ve seen so many sites where the ‘DIY’ guy said he could run the cables and we’ve found untold issues on the network. Get a qualified structured cabling engineer, run an extra few lengths to each room, and terminate on dedicated patch panels, your office life will be easier, the long term cost will be lower and your systems will run smoother.