Tips That Professionals Follow to Ensure Correct Installation of Data Cabling Infrastructure
Correct installation is an integral requirement of today's structured cabling installation because errors in installation work can be hard to detect early on — an error that has the potential to prevent the whole system from functioning might easily go unnoticed until installation work is complete and the system is turned on. For that reason, it is critical for users of data cabling networks to enlist the services of professionals when it is time to install their data cabling infrastructure.
Here are some of the tips that professionals follow to ensure correct installation of data cabling infrastructure.
Keeping track of cable length
Anybody can pull a cable from a cable box and make the correct connections, right? Wrong. Cable boxes comprise cable that is normally several feet long. Each length of cable is often marked so that installers can check length by reading it off the cable cover. Before data cabling technicians run any cable from the box, they will find the distance indicated on the cable cover and jot it down on the exteriors of the box. This way, they can easily calculate the length of cable that needs to be pulled and also keep track of how much cable is still available in the box. It's never a wise move to begin pulling a cable only to learn that it isn't long enough to make the intended connection — installers will be forced to join the cable together with another one, and this may reduce the efficiency of data transmission.
Keeping track of cable length also helps avoid the issue of kinking, which is associated with pulling extra lengths of cable.
Marking cable on both ends
In addition, data cabling technicians usually mark each cable on both ends with the specific location where they are destined. A permanent marker pen will help get the job done neatly. That way, they save lots of time making the right connections.
Bundling multiple cable together
Having multiple cables running at the data cabling installation site makes things look messy, but can also make it difficult to locate individual cables when it is time to change or remove them. For that reason, it is a good idea to bundle up cables of the same criteria together. This can be done by gathering up a number of cable boxes and then pulling a bundle of cables at a go. Thereafter, the bundle can be secured with tape or laced up with strings.