[Q] How should I arrange Patch Cords to
prevent damaging them ?
[A] Because there are a number of different
applications for Patch Cords, it is necessary to discuss the
application of the cable along with some reccomendations for
In server room applications, you are in most cases dealing
with a lot of loose cable, as well as all of the original cable that is
bundles from the initial installation of the buildings network. For
this reason, it is neccessary to try and seperate all the "newer" cable
runs from the existing network, to make it easier to quickly
distinguish which one you are dealing with. Many companies even go so
far as to use different color cable for anything that is added to the
existing network. The use of different colors is also very popular for
It is considered best practice to seperate the new runs in
some form of dedicated raceway. This will allow you easy access to the
new cables. You need to consider how often you plan on making changes
within the network environment when seperating the cable. Often times
cables that are added on to the network are placed into service in a
hurry to solve some form of outage, and are even done by untrained
personnel speaking to tech support. Make sure that all add-on cables
have enough length to be routed cleanly up or down away from the device
that it plugs in to. The cable should never be so short or have so much
tension that it is under strain to one side or the other. If needed,
use tie wraps to anchor cables to the raceway or other support
framework to keep them from be pulled.
In home network applications, people rarely take the time to
install the cable correctly. Unless you are dealing with new
construction, home networking is usually an afterthought and it
shows in of the installations you will see. Here are some tips to
improve your installation:
Start with an actual floorplan of how the house is going to
be networked. This is a great opportunity to look ahead and plan for
any possible expansion that might take place later. Take your time and
get this part right.
Use quality wallplates and RJ45 jacks. Don't
just go to the hardware store and pick up any thing you can find. You
may have to order these if you do not have a good local supplier for
items like this anyway, but you will have plenty of time if this is all
done during the planning stages. Use only top quality patch cable for
the runs. CAT 5 Cable Company has the very best that money can
buy, but as long as you are going with a quality brand you will be
okay. Be sure to designate an area of the home to house your patch
panel, routers, switches and other like items. It is up to you where
this is done, but a central location is recommended and it should
receive good air circulation to keep the equipment cool.
As each room is planned, remember to consider what would
happen if you totally rearranged the room. Be sure to place enough
enough data jacks throughout each room to allow you to adapt to all
unique situations. It is better to have extra locations that are
unused, than to need an extra connection somewhere and not have it.
connections that are not in service can always be taken off the patch
We would not be giving you all the advice you need if we did
not address a few things to avoid. The following are bad practices,
things that you should not do when you are planning and installing your
Rolling up excess cable rather than cutting it to proper
length - This happens more often than you might think because people
get lazy and do not want to go through the effort of running the cable
correctly. I have seen applications where installers have left 100, 200
feet or more excess cable rolled up and tossed in the attic because
they pulled 250 feet for a 50 foot run. All that extra cable in your
run is going to reduce your signal strength, and of course, the rolled
cable can cause Electro Magnetic Interference in the line. This will
cause a number of problems, not to mention data loss.
Running cable next door to your neighbors house in order to
place him on your network and "share" your Cable/DSL high speed line.
This is very generous and friendly, but highly illegal. Cable and DSL
are individual subscriber services, and your can't just give them away
because you want to be neighborly.
In short, use common sense. Plan your network well and it
will perform well. Use good materials and sensible practices. No amount of expertise will replace the simple act of good planning.
CAT 5 Cable Company provides CAT 5 and CAT 5e
patch and crossover cables for all networking aplications
in 9 colors, and any custom length. Hand assembled and 100% tested to
ensure the finest quality.
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