Why does good data cabling matter and
how do you know if your cabling is robust enough for your business?
We all take it for granted – switching on the computers and picking up that phone, that the connections will be made and we’ll be able to use the relevant equipment, but whoever thinks about cabling as a key part of their business infrastructure? Not many, but here’s why you might want to investigate yours.
Business data cabling is actually a highly specialist area, which these days keeps your company open for trade and your communication lines constantly accessible for contact. Who can operate a business without phones and computers?
Without going into too much technical detail, carrying data through the cable network is very different to carrying electricity. An electrician is concerned that there is voltage to the line and that there is a passage of current, but a PC/data cable installer looks for and it’s completely different. PC and data cabling is best tested with a “Fluke Tester” which establishes that the performance is up to scratch and will give continuous, high integrity performance for your business, transmitting data and keeping the inbound and outbound flow consistent at all times.
The reason why we’re highlighting this, is that the reliance on data is increasingly critical and data traffic is so heavy nowadays, that it’s overdue some attention.
It’s the “poor relation” that actually holds one of the major keys to your connectivity.
The conduits for data transfer are now so integral to business connectivity and continuity, but they are almost never considered as a specialist area of expertise.
So why should you give your data cabling a second thought? In many offices,
electrician-installed cabling is the norm, where buildings are wired for electrical supply, it’s often just part of the wiring job, but this is where potential dangers and risks lie!
We’ve known businesses grind to a halt and lose connectivity altogether because
the cable infrastructure is so fragile and inappropriately scaled for the job.
All very well having powerful computers, fibre to the cabinet, broadband and cutting
edge telecoms systems, but simply, without the correct cabling in place your systems won’t work to their full potential.
Signs that your cabling is at risk:
- Your pc connectivity is slow and connections often ‘drop out’.
- Pc’s run very slowly.
The obvious suspect is broadband speed, but actually the speed could be fine,
but your cabling isn’t capable of delivering the data packets over the