Data and communications network forms the lifeline of an organization. Not the network alone, how the network is connected to the devices is just as important. It is the cabling that decides the performance of the network. With the advancement in the technology, it has become almost a must for the company to give priority to the network and its cabling. However, while the network cabling is installed, certain factors play a vital role.
Some factors deserving a consideration for the network cabling installation are:
1) Bandwidth needs of existing network
The network’s current bandwidth needs are necessary for determining the type of cabling to be used. A small network of 20 workstations will need lower bandwidth rather than a network with 100 workstations. What should be kept in mind is the future expansion of the company when thinking of the network size. With more growth, more bandwidth is expected. It is also worth considering the type and volume of data traffic your network will be supporting. To cite an example, a graphic firm with 20 workstations will require greater bandwidth than a law firm consisting of 50 workstations.
2) Network environment
Cabling is also dependent on the environment to a great extent. That is why the question arises if the copper cabling or fiber optic cabling suits the network. As it is believed, fiber optic cabling goes to the extent of offering the fastest bandwidth possible, yet it has its limitations unable to suit to certain environments. Whenever there are dirt and scratches on the optical fiber cables, they find it difficult to transmit the data, in contrast to the copper cables. On the other hand, twisted copper cables are prone to radio frequency and electromagnetic interference. Here is where optic cabling is suitable.
3) Future bandwidth requirements
As it is better to consider bandwidth requirements based on the current size of the company type and volume of data traffic involved, one other factor not to be neglected is the future growth of the enterprise or company. Estimating the future bandwidth requirements with the expansion of the company is usually expensive and complex. As the company expands, the number of employees increases and communication needs multiply. This gives rise to more bandwidth requirements which need a planned perspective for the implementation. As a matter of truth, it is cheap to future proof any cabling rather than planning and replacing the current cabling.
To be secure, it is not the budget that should decide on the implementation of the network but understanding the current and future bandwidth requirements and the network environment is responsible for determining the type of cabling. Or it could be that the older technology or incorrect method of cabling could be bad for the network leading to poor user experience.
There are further more details that fall into consideration when it comes to a network cabling installation and a proper administrator does it for you.
At VRS Technologies Dubai, our engineers estimate and suggest, plan and implement advanced network cabling systems to suit your company requirements.
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