There are many mistakes that you should avoid making if you want data and telephone cables to be run in your premises. This article discusses four of those biggest mistakes.
Not Thinking About Your Future Data Needs
Do not fall into the trap of running telephone and data cables to meet your current needs alone. This is because you will be compelled to incur hefty costs to run new cables when your data needs go up in the near future. It is better for you to assess you current needs (for instance using free online data trackers) and then install cables that can support more data than you currently need. For instance, if you require a data speed of 100mbps (megabytes per second), install cabling that can give you 1gbps (gigabytes per second) so that future needs can be covered as well. The difference in cost will be minimal but it will save you the massive labor cost of laying new cables.
Not Facilitating Cable Management Systems
Avoid making the mistake of cutting cable management systems (such as tags for labeling or color-coding the cables) from the data-cabling budget. Such cable management tools make it easy for cable maintenance personnel to know which cable is serving which purpose. For instance, some people choose to have separate cables for voice and data, so color coding helps technicians know which cables to examine when rectifying a fault with any of those services).
Running Data Cables Alongside Electric Cables
If you choose to run the data or telephone cables yourself, ensure that you run them as far away from electric cables as possible. This is because electric cables create magnetic fields around them, and those fields will interfere with the data being transmitted through the data cables. Providers of data and telephone wiring services know this fact when they are installing cables; learn from them so that your data or telephone services are not affected by the electrical "noise" from nearby electrical cables.
Ignoring Building Codes or Laws
It is very important that you read the applicable codes or ordinances before you run data and telephone cables in your premises. Contravening such codes can result in hefty fines and extra costs of removing the cables that don't meet local codes (such as the requirement to use fire-resistant cables in the ceiling).
The mistakes above can easily be avoided if you hire a competent firm specialising in the provision of telephone and data wiring services. They will give you the best advice regarding which materials to buy, and they will plan the best route through which those cables should be run for optimal functioning.
For more information on telephone and data wiring services, contact a local professional.