Tips on How to Run LAN Cables More Efficiently
Whether you work in an office or from home as a freelancer, you'll probably have to pull some LAN cables during your career. Find out how you can make the job a little easier with these tips.
Start with the basics
When pulling CAT 5 (and other types) of LAN cables in Malaysia, it is important to remember a few things. The small gauge conductors inside unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cables are easily broken when too much force is applied to them while you're pulling them. Many manufacturers suggest that a pressure not exceeding 35 to 50 pounds should be applied to this kind of cable.
Also, these types of cable shouldn't be bent sharply around corners. Bends should generally have a minimum radius of no less than 5 inches. UTP is also subject to electronic distortion in the form of radio frequency interference (RFI), most often from the ballast transformers found in fluorescent light fixtures. This means that these LAN cables should be run at least 3 feet away from these fixtures to minimize signal loss.
Get the right tools
If you have problems fishing a cable through ceilings and walls, then it becomes easier to do if you have the right set of tools. Aside from the basic hand tools, such as screwdrivers and pliers, it’s best to have a set of unusual items like a telescoping fishing pole. These items will be invaluable in helping you make your job easier.
Mind distance limitations
If you have tried running any LAN cable, you know that the typical distance limitation for UTP cabling with typical Ethernet is 100 meters. However, if you're installing LAN chords for some other purposes, such as 10 Gbps or 40 Gbps, consider the distance limitations associated with the type of cabling you intend to use. For instance, if you want to run 10 Gbps for up to 100 meters through twisted pair cabling, make sure you use Category 6A or a better cable.
Do not run LAN cables in parallel with electrical cables
Bear in mind that the magnetic field produced by the low voltage running through the cable is a key component of the communications chain. When you run UTP cables in parallel with electrical cables, that magnetic field is disrupted and the communication becomes noisy and garbled. In many instances, transmissions will not be able to push through from Point A to Point B. If you have to install LAN cables near electrical cables, cross them in perpendicular instead.
Use cable management
Although a rack-based cable management in Malaysia comes with a price, it makes cable maintenance way easier. Keep in mind that the cabling work won't stop with the initial installation. Additional cables will be included, and things will be changed. Also, don't forget to label appropriate cords, color-code cables, or come up with some other kind of process to make it easier to identify cords later on.