Structured Cabling, Progressive Office Cabling
Written by Stu Kushner

Best Practices for Cabling Installation & Management – Part 1

Cables are how we connect our company’s nodes with their hubs, desktops to a router, and CCTV cameras to the security system. However, carrying out a new installation of cabling and its management can be a challenge without the help of professionals. Reply with the assistance of experts for the best results, including a reliable, high-performance network.

 

Estimate Amount of Cable Needed

 

Accurately estimating the cable needed before installation is a best practice that will save time, money, and effort. Too little will delay the process and too much wastes resources. Before installation, discuss your technical and business requirements with cabling professionals and request their project proposal and estimate. This will include estimates of the types and lengths of cables and wires that will be needed, along with the projected cost.

 

Do not be surprised if the installation team proposes buying more than what you think is necessary, given the dimensions of your facility. Keep in mind that the installation of cables is often not in a perfectly straight line. Most offices and facilities will require cable runs to make twists and turns. This is especially true in a space that already has equipment and furniture in place. Moreover, sufficient slack is required to prevent accidental snagging and to decrease pressure on a connection point.

 

Structured Cabling

 

Whether a fledgling startup or a multinational corporation, you aspire to install your cabling infrastructure properly the first time. The best approach for the installation of cables is structured cabling.

 

Structured cabling is a set of protocols for creating and managing cabling infrastructure based on the standards set by the EIA (Electronic Industries Association) and the TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association). Structured cabling helps ensure that your facility has an organized and reliable IT network.

 

Label Cables During Installation

 

Every cable should be labeled to allow your team to identify network issues by tracing them directly to the cable(s) involved. Moreover, labeling makes finding defective or failing cables faster and easier. The labels correspond to an index, which lists each cable’s type, purpose, and location.

 

Part 2 will discuss Color Coding, Properly Sized Ceiling Cable Trays, and High-Quality Cables.

 

Progressive Office Cabling

 

Founded in 1986, Progressive Office’s success has resulted directly from years of commitment to seeking cost-effective solutions. Progressive teams are committed to getting your data cabling, access control, and telecom systems installed and operating while minimizing disruption and downtime. Call our toll free number (800) 614-4560 today.

About Stu Kushner

Stu Kushner earned an Engineering Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. From there he worked at Boeing Commercial Aircraft, Hexcel Corporation and Case-Rixon as a computer design engineer and systems manager. He now works as the marketing director and project manager here at Progressive Office since its founding in 1986.