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The importance of a reliable network connection can be seen in various organizations and industries. With the fast-paced online interaction of today’s times, we can also be prone to demanding quick answers from our Internet Service Provider (ISP) when we’re having issues with their connection. Drops in signal to a high latency can prove to be detrimental when it comes to dealing with inbound calls or customer transactions.

Having difficulties in using your network can go from being a minor inconvenience to a significant delay in your business’ productivity.

Hardware vs Software problems

Most of the time, it can be a more natural response to blame our ISP’s poor service, but when it comes to problems that are our own doing, it’s much tougher to swallow. Connectivity issues don’t just come from receiving poor service from your ISP, but also with your hardware’s structural network.

The long lines of ethernet cables, switches, and routes make an integrated system that’s prone to physical damages that may need maintenance and repair. In this article, we’ll give you the three steps you need to do to create a structured cabling network.

1. Planning with the future in mind

One clear-cut way to deal with future problems is by preventing them from happening as much as possible. Anticipate the size of your prospective office, whether you’re staying for the short term or long term, and how many devices you want to integrate to a network.

Creating a structured network is easier when you plan it out before moving into your work environment, as this will allow you to plan the wiring and device placements properly. Because there are no obstructions of furniture or appliances yet, it will be easier for you to know how long the length of cables you’ll need to which connections you’ll be setting up around your workplace.

2. Enumerating the devices you’ll use

Another critical component in setting up an office’s structured network is to identify what devices you’ll be using to perform your business. Will you be using several desktops? Will you be connecting to VoIP phones?  Will you be attaching other devices to your system?

Knowing the logistics of the work that you do will make it easier to set up both your office’s layout and the necessary hardware that you’ll need to shop for. 

3. Setting up your cable system

Structured cabling is a requirement for any company, no matter what industry you work in.  Everyone needs a stable internet connection to interact with their clients conveniently. After you’ve plotted out the number of devices that you’ll use, trace back which cables connect to which routers or switches.

Labeling your cables will not only make it easier for you to trace back any physical hardware issues but it will also to guide your ISP consultant with any potential issues that arise. If you have the time, besides putting physical labels on your wires, you should also keep a master copy of the connections so that it’s easier to swap and replace cables if necessary.

Conclusion

We can be quick to blame network interruptions on our service provider, but most of our issues can also stem from the hardware’s placement and labeling. A smart way to speed up the repairs of your network is by making it easier to find the source of the hardware problem through a well made cabling structure.

If you’re looking for a telecom company to help you set up your workspace, contact us now and have your cabling issues put to rest.

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