Submitted by: Mike Belletty
Network cabling has evolved with time and as a data cabling engineer you have to get it done the smart way. That is, you have to choose the right cables and components for your network architecture and while doing it one has to do it while avoiding unnecessary costs. There are certain guidelines that you can follow while cabling the network. They are discussed below.
If you are in the cabling business, then you need to understand the entire cabling process with a complete 360 degrees view. As a data cabling engineer, you need to know the functionality and importance of universal cabling standards. And you must also be aware of the limitations of network cabling, that are ascertained by laws and building codes. You need to assemble complete cabling for an infrastructure in which desktops, printers, copiers, and more equipment share cabling.
To be able to do that you must be aware of meaning and practical applications of terms like bandwidth, impedance, resistance, attenuation, crosstalk, capacitance etc. Documentation of the entire cabling process is another skill that you need to be proficient in when you set out to engage in network cabling.
Experts in the field, with years of experience have jotted down some basic guidelines to cabling. Keep these in mind when you take up the next job for better productivity and higher profitability-
Remember that networks will never get less complex.
You must set up one cabling system to accommodate voice and data.
Be a little generous with your cables, and always install extra cabling than is required presently. You never know, when it will come handy in expanding the network.
Stick to the structured-cabling standards when you are setting up a new cabling system.
Never compromise on quality. You must always use high-quality cabling and cabling components. You have to understand that you cannot risk the network and equipment with low standard cabling components.
Do not judge a products’ worth/value or quality on the basis of the cost. For every category of cabling, there is a variety of differently priced products available. High price does not mean good quality. Base your choice on the manufacturers reputation. Their past performance records must push you in making the decision.
As a cable guy, you need to keep up with the technology and the latest techniques in cabling. Poor workmanship will be a big blot on your professional character.
Keep your options open for evolutions in technology.
Prepare a detailed documentation for your cabling system. This comes in quite handy as a tool of reference, when some work is required on the network built by you.
Join a project at the construction stage if possible. If you can get the architects to design suitable network equipment rooms, so that you have a definite space.
Now some tips for those who are getting the cabling done. When you set out to hire a cabling engineer, keep the following points in mind before hiring someone:
Get to know a cable and component manufacturer, that has a good reputation, then ask for contractor reference. This will ensure that you get a well qualified data cabling engineer.
Make yourself aware of the cabling standards and get some idea about the cabling requirements of your facility.
You have to be proactive to ensure that the cabling is done in the right manner and all the standards are adhered to.
An important part of building the network is data cable termination, as this is the culmination of the entire process. So, hire a professional who does this in the most suited manner.
About the Author: The writer of this article is a leading networking installer who provides industry insights and tips to data cabling engineers London is his base of operations.Website: