Tips For Organizing The Cabling In A Network Room
There’s nothing worse than a disorganized data center. When it comes to network cabling, organization isn’t just for appearance. When a system encounters issues or needs to be shut down, the organization may be the difference between downtime lasting a few minutes and downtime lasting hours. Because of this, it’s critical to organize cables effectively when they are first installed.
Cut the Cords to Size
Too often, network engineers do not have extra time to wrap up their excess cords. But this is never a good idea. In a good network installation, all network cabling should be appropriately cut to size. The cords should be carefully measured and cut so that there is never more slack than strictly necessary. In very large installations, this also improves network performance.
Always Label the Cords
Labeling is not optional when it comes to cabling. By labeling the cords early on, you can avoid much of the confusion of determining which cord goes to which device. Further, the labels should be very clear: make sure that even a layman can understand which cable is which. This will prevent issues in the event that a third party contractor or inexperienced professional has to take a look at the setup.
Run Power Lines Separately
In small network rooms, it’s very common that the power lines will be looped together with the data lines. But this is a very poor practice. Though power lines may not seem to be that disruptive, they can interfere with the data lines, thereby degrading the signal. Also, the heat that comes from the power lines may damage the other lines over time.
Use Different Colors
Using different colors of cabling is one of the easiest ways to be able to quickly map out your network. Many administrators shy away from multiple colors because they think it can look chaotic and haphazard; multiple colors in a bundle look random rather than organized. But in this situation, even having a handful of colors of cable can reduce maintenance time.
Skip Each Cable First
Finally, there are few things worse than setting up the perfect cable job just to find that a single cable isn’t working. Before you begin organizing and sorting your cables, you should test each individual cable first. This will prevent you from having to undo and redo all of your hard organizational work.
Being able to organize cabling in an attractive and consistent way is one of the best skills for a network associate to have. Though it may take a significant amount of time to complete during installation, it will pay off significantly once the network room is in use.
For more information and assistance with organizing your network room, contact a professional network cabling company, such as Mister Wireless.