How to Plan Your Structured Cabling Upgrade

How to Plan Your Structured Cabling Upgrade

Rapid growth of your business generally means that it is time to upgrade your structured cabling as well. Business owners add pieces of network hardware, generally by different manufacturers and of different quality, and this tends to hamper the efficiency of the system. After some time, it will not matter how many upgrades you have. If that stage ever comes, it is time for you to revamp your entire system.

We at SPARK Services are here to help you plan that restructuring and support all the structured cabling needs of your company. Here are 5 steps you need to plan before an upgrade!

 

1. Conduct a site survey

A site survey will give you an idea of the existing system in your building which serves as a starting point for the project. A survey typically entails: determination of the number and types of equipment needed for specific wired/ wireless operations, figure out the existing configurations, locate the physical network infrastructure, create an accurate floor plan to be used as a reference during the upgrade process and map out a logical topology to show the path that data takes through the network and the locations where the functions such as routing occur.

 

2. Document current and future network requirements

After an interview with you and your staff, the network designer will determine your existing network requirements. Information from all parts of the company and workers will help to accurately map the needs of your company. Here are some of the things your network designer will need to know:

  • The present number of network uses and an approximate number of how many are to be added in the next 12 months
  • What applications the current system supports (such as VoIP or video conferencing)
  • What new services are needed, if there are any services your current system already does not support

 

3. Making a report after the interview

With the information obtained, from your staff and site workers, your network designer will create an analysis report and give it to you. This is to ensure that no facts are missing and that the technician has made no error in assessing your system and in turn not make any mistakes for your future needs. Once you give your approval on the report, the upgrading process can officially begin.

 

4. Select the device and cabling

The selection process is about evaluating your cost and performance needs. The cabling that can be chosen includes copper cabling, coaxial cabling, and fiber optic cabling. All these come in different sizes and variations.

 

5. Installation, testing, and review

If all the plans and reports are made perfectly, the installation should go smoothly.  This is the time to make corrections if any. When this is complete, the goals have been achieved. Once your review is received, that is when the job is considered to be done.

 

If you want to get an upgrade for your network cabling, visit us at SPARK Services today. We are a Computer, Voice, & Web company. Our team works hard to provide you with the very best in structured cabling services, networking, web design, and computer-related services, with a focus on dependability, customer service, honesty, and trust.

From connecting your business with voice and web services to repairing broken laptops and smartphones, SPARK Services specializes in improving the technology that enhances you and/or your business. When it comes to business, our goal is to help you grow. Visit us today!