Tag: Fiber Optic Cable Installation

15 Aug 2018

5 ways to keep your Network Cable Installation clean and organized

Structured Cabling
Use these tips to keep your network cable installation organized

5 ways to keep your Network Cable Installation clean and organized

As IT Pro’s we all have had experiences with “Network Cabling Chaos”.  You complete a wonderful Network Cable Installation project then in a few months the network cable installation you just did is not recognizable. The cables seem to be thrown all over the place. And what was once structured organized Category 6 cabling has become a mess.

Here are a few tips to make sure your network cable installation and structured cabling project remains organized. No one wants to walk into a data center that is a complete mess. It reflects badly on the IT department and no one wants the boss to see what should be an organized network cable installation turn into a mess. It also makes it very hard to troubleshoot problems and trace out lines in the event you have an issue.

  1. Have one person responsible for maintaining the cabling organization. This person should be the only one allowed to do or supervise moves, adds, or changes, to patch cables, labeling, and racks. This makes sense. Then this person will treat the structured cabling plant as their own. This person does not have to be a network cable installation expert. He can even manage the network cable installation team. They just need to have a basic understanding of structured cable organization, network cable installation bets practices. Consider BISCI as a resource they have a ton of information related to best practice network cable installation and structured cable installation.
  2. Another great tip is to use shorter patch cables. 1’ to 2’ patch cables are readily available and make ideal cross connect cables. Also order patch cables without the boot or the rubber tip on the end for your network cable installation. The boots on the end of the patch cables make them very hard to pull out of the switches and patch panels. The patch panel will look fantastic with the shorter patch cables. There will be no tangled patch cables. You will be able to see where the cables are plugged into. It’s a great finishing touch to your network cable installation project.
  3. Remove all unused and old cabling before running new cable, especially old telephone cable. This is not always the easiest thing to do but well worth it. Sometimes in the ceilings you may see cable that’s over 20 years old. But if it’s old flat cable or old Category 3 cable it’s worth removing. And many times, you can use the structured cabling components like the j hooks, and cable trays and other fasteners for your network cable installation project. Beware areas above ceiling drops are super dusty wear a protective dust mask.
  4. Take the time to have a standardized labeling method. Label the cables on both ends, label the patch panels, label the racks, and follow a standard. What I mean by standard is labeling the closet, the rack the patch panel port, and the faceplate side. On the face plate side, you may have a label 2-3-46 which may signify the cable to this faceplate or wall plate is run to closet 2, rack 3 and port 46. This will keep your network cable installation organized and easy to trace lines in the event you have to troubleshoot, add new Category 6 cable runs or move Category 6 cables.
  5. Velcro tape! Use it. It’s the duct tape of the cabling world. Flexible and easily opened and closed for patch cables and rack cables. You should also consider using it for your cable runs when you need to bundle a bunch of Category 6 cable runs. This will make your network cable installation project easy to manage and move cables when necessary. It’s also a safer to use on your cables versus regular tie wraps. Tie wraps can damage the Category 6 cable.

Hope this helps for the next time you have a network cable installation project or structured cabling project.

If you need help with a network cable installation project we can help. We do Category 6 Cabling, fiber optic cable installation, we clean up data centers and are specialists in structured cabling.

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11 Aug 2018

The Seabiscuit of Network Communications And Fiber Optic Cable Installation

Fiber Optic Cable Installation and Seabiscuit

The Seabiscuit of network communications and Fiber Optic Cable Installation

Many of you may know about the depression era, thoroughbred horse, Seabiscuit.  Seabiscuit, after an inauspicious start went on to win the Triple Crown in 1937, which includes winning the Kentucky Derby, Belmont and Preakness Stakes. Who would know that Seabiscuit had something in common with today’s Fiber Optic Cable Installation needs.

Seabiscuit was a small horse who went on to defeat some of the giant horses of the day including War Admiral. Although small, Seabiscuit was known to turn on the speed and outrun the competition.

You may or may not be aware of this, but your IT network has its own Seabiscuit. A small network part that powers your company’s network and allows network transfer rates of 10 Gigabits per second. That’s 10 billion bits per second. The part? An SFP transceiver, an under-rated hugely important, high speed network component, that is key to proper Fiber Optic Cable Installation.

The Small Form Pluggable (SFP) transceiver is a compact hot pluggable module fiber transceiver. Without too much technical jargon, a fiber transceiver converts electrical signals into light pulses. These light pulses form light waves that are modulated to carry data across fiber optic cables. Fiber optic cables are high bandwidth, long distance, incredibly fast super highways used to transmit data in the form of light waves. Making sure you have the correct SFP Fiber transceivers are key to any good Fiber Optic Cable Installation plan.

Fiber Optic Cable Installation

You may see all the big pieces of network equipment in your data center, the War Admirals of networks like Cisco Network Equipment and Juniper switches, racks of Dell and HP servers. But the little SFP, the Seabiscuit of your systems, is the key to winning the performance race. An SFP transceiver is only about ½ inch tall, and 2 ½ inches long. And it has the capability of transferring all the works of Beethoven and Mozart every second in digital format.

Most of today’s enterprise network switches, servers and storage area networks have SFP ports built into their chassis. They also have Fiber Optic Cable Installation components. This allows you to plug an SFP transceiver into the SFP port of the device and have high speed fiber optical connections between servers, storage networks and other switches. As data needs grow exponentially fiber optics is key to providing a superfast backbone for network and cloud communications. And the proper SFP transceiver makes the difference. As does Fiber Optic Cable properly spliced and installed.

What would have Seabiscuit been without his horse whisperer Tom Smith? Tom Smith saw something special in Seabiscuit. Tom talked to Seabiscuit and trained him in a special way that helped him win races. Well it can be said that an SFP’s whisperer is its DDM (digital diagnostics monitoring) functions. The DDM interface can be used to talk to the transceiver and make sure its performing at its optimum. You can set speeds, thresholds, and output parameters of the SFP through the DDM interface.

It is very important that your network design include and take in to account the different types of fiber optic cable and SFP transceivers. It is also important that you have your Fiber Optic Cable installation done correctly. There is single mode and multi-mode fiber, that require different connectors. There are approximately 15 different types of SFP transceivers with different interfaces, that are made for different wavelengths, different distances, and bandwidths.

Having the right IT network pieces in place will make sure your IT systems perform and win you some races.

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