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Low Voltage Network Cabling and Other Structured Cabling Tips and Tricks


So what is low voltage cabling? Are they faulty light switches or something? Low voltage refers to a telephone or network cable that produces a low amount of power through their lines. Ok, any tips or tricks to reduce the costs you asked for? Let's take some ideas here and of course comment below the blog with any questions you may have.

1 - Warehouse or very long run?


Warehouse operation or very long network?


Rule of thumb with us at Bridge Cable with CAT5, and we stick to the 200 foot mark. Our testers pass longer runs, but since most companies still use CAT5e as the standard, we avoid going over 200ft, yes... the cable can stretch but we have OCD or higher standards than most.


So instead of tangling an elevator or ladder, we always run the cable outside or first in the warehouse or factory. Better measure twice and cut ONCE!


Also imagine the cost of 12 runs at about 200 feet just to see you cut the cables a little short. Remember to consider securing the harness with J-hooks or zip ties.


Now what is that structured harness you mentioned?


Cabling or structured cabling is simply a construction term usually referring to more than one installed cable. When our company's employees refer to structured cabling, they usually perform more than 5 or 10 network outages or even support a data center.


Of course, we have project managers who plan with you and your team a construction or support for your data center. Check out our network cable installation page because we want to focus on more than tips and tricks on this page.

2 - The best way to avoid a pile or tangle of cables in your cabinet or rack?


Easy management of your rack's network cables?


Buy patch cables of the same length. Of course OCD, we remind you a few times, is to create your own custom cables directly on site during installation. The rule of thumb for anything over 6 feet is more than deadly and only ends up filling the cable slack in the back of your panels.


If your budget allows, spend more time and money on customizing network cable installers to the right lengths.


Everyone knows along the way that a new IT manager or outside vendor will sooner or later slip a lost cable into your equipment. Stick to the same lengths and have more next to your network equipment.

3 - Learn and remember every time you install network cables in a series of cubes in an office.


cutouts at the bottom of the cubes. Many times, even with Bridge Cable, drops or drops only had to be repeated for a few inches.


More and more companies are buying refurbished cubes for their offices and the shelves below are different or not on the same side. Before you cut, make sure you have the right side!


Network cables in the cubes…..a slight pain!


Big Tip: With so many refurbished or used cubes placed, many don't have the proper faceplates.


A little advice is to use a box of cookies and a self-tapping screw in the metal frame. The network jack is exposed but is much better than a loose connection. Also, if possible, try to keep jacks out of the way of users' feet. You'd be surprised how many sockets have been damaged by just one person hitting them.


Thanks as always for stopping by.

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