Why are there never enough data points? Why is the network so slow? Why doesn’t it just work?
The answer lies in data cabling. A well-laid network helps ensure you and your business never face such issues. A poor network, or one where corners have been cut, will impact your data speeds and thus your business efficiency for years to come.
Laying cable sounds simple, but there is a world of difference that separates a well-planned data cable network from a poor one, according to Fully Amped Electrical. Data cabling is much more sensitive than telephone cabling and requires careful handling.
Here are a few things to consider when dealing with twisted pair cabling:
- Twisted pair cabling cannot be run directly alongside electric cabling. The magnetic field generated by the low voltage running through the cable is essential to its operation. A nearby electric cable will disrupt that, ruining communications. If you have to cross electric cables, cross them in perpendicular.
- Devices can also produce electrical ‘noise’, as cables do. Plan your data cable route away from hazards like motors or other such devices. Think about the future: data use tends to only go up. Plan for capacity you don’t need now, but may do one day soon.
- Know the law. Most areas have standards for low voltage cabling, most of which are designed to ensure your safety. Non-compliance will ultimately just result in an expensive reinstallation further down the line. For Western Australian standards, your best start might be to consult a Perth electrician or professional in your area.
- Test your cabling infrastructure, and keep testing it at regular intervals. This ensures that it meets your standards and stays that way.
- Be mindful of distance limitations with twisted core wire. Obviously this is not a problem with fibre optic. However, the 100m rule is a very real consideration with other types of wire.
Many of the same points hold true for fibre-optic cable as well; although not a fragile medium itself, care and forethought are required when installing it. Fibre-optic cable is different from copper wires and should never be kinked. It requires careful support and security in all installations.
Considering a Specialist?
These days, many electricians combine their in-depth knowledge of electrical systems and planning with a specialization in data cabling.
A professional will guarantee your system is well planned, suitable for your own requirements, up-to-date and in line with all legal standards. For data cabling in Perth, be sure to hire an experienced electrician to assist.