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How to Handle Cable Management and Installation

How to Handle Cable Management and Installation

Networking in your office, i.e. running cables around your workplace to ensure that all devices are connected to the in-house computing infrastructure, is made somewhat easier thanks to remote work. However, you should still approach cabling in an effective way, especially if you have a lot of devices that need to be managed.

What’s the Deal with Cabling?

We all know that cabling is not the most fascinating part of business technology, but this doesn’t make it any less important. If you don’t have a plan for running cables, your office is going to turn into a mess—and we are sure that the support costs will reflect that mess.

Before you set up a new server or rearrange your office, you’ll want to consider your cabling infrastructure. Here are some aspects to think about:

  • Data transfer - Businesses need an infrastructure that can manage large volumes of data. With high-quality cables, data can be transferred quickly between your many devices.
  • Network reliability - Network downtime can cost your business a considerable amount of money and time. With a quality cable setup, you’ll minimize your odds of encountering these disruptions.
  • Future-proofing - Being ready to scale for growth can ensure that your network can handle any amount of bandwidth it needs, from new technologies to additional team members.

Tools for Accomplishing These Tasks

It takes more than just electricity and cabling to get your computing infrastructure to work effectively. You’ll need to take into account how the cables are organized, as well as what types of cables are involved. Additionally, specific cables might be used for different purposes. Let’s discuss the various types and how you can get the most out of them.

  • Ethernet Cables - Ethernet cables, such as Cat 5e, Cat 6, and Cat 6a, are the most commonly used for local area networks (LANs). They come in various speeds and are ideal for connecting computers, printers, and other devices within your office.
  • Fiber Optic Cables - Fiber optic cables offer high-speed, long-distance data transmission. They are perfect for connecting different parts of your business over extended distances or for businesses with high data transfer needs.
  • Coaxial Cables - Coaxial cables are commonly used for cable television and internet connections. They can also be used for security systems and CCTV.
  • USB Cables - USB cables are used for connecting various devices to computers and servers. They are especially important for peripheral devices like printers, scanners, and external hard drives. 
  • Power Cables - Typically power cables are short and need to be placed near the machine. Either way they have to be accounted for and managed properly.

Make the Most of Your Cabling with Professional Installation

To make sure your cable installation goes off without a hitch, we recommend you work with a professional. Out of the Box Solutions can make sure your business has professional cable installation. To learn more, reach out to us at 800-750-4OBS (4627) today.

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