For many companies, wiring is a necessary part of a phone or data system upgrade.
A high-quality cabling service company can be your best friend during a wiring installation. But if you don't know what to expect from your vendor, it will be tough to maximize the return on your investment.
Network cabling professionals earn a living by outsourcing the hassle and risks that are normally associated with wiring jobs. Here are just a handful of the service features they can offer the typical small business.
The service you receive from a business-grade cabling vendor begins with the wiring components that will be installed.
- Cat 5 (cable and telephone) used to be the standard for office wiring. It's no longer manufactured, but it is still supported and may suffice for low bandwidth applications.
- Cat 5e replaced Cat5 as the go-to cable for business installations. It meets regulatory guidelines and is a cost-effective solution for most wiring projects.
- Cat6 has significantly more horsepower than Cat5e and is appropriate choice for high-end systems that feature VoIP and other complex optins.
- Site visit – Site visits are a standard service feature. Once you settle on a potential vendor, they should come to your location and identify the scope of the project including the number of drops, termination points and wiring routes. Good vendors will conduct testing to see if any of your current wiring can be retained and they will provide you with an ROI analysis for the project.
- Labeling – Running wires is just part of a successful cabling project. Your cabling service vendor should also be diligent about labeling each wire and data port in the server or phone closet to simplify future troubleshooting projects.
- Testing – Capable small business network cabling vendors will test your system for performance and compliance. In addition to compliance with local and national regulatory requirements, your vendor should test for compliance with ANSI (American National Standards Institute), EIA (Electronic Industries Association), and TIA (Telecommunication Industries Association) standards.