Here at BACS, we believe every company should have access to the best network cabling the industry can offer. For that reason, we provide high-end Network Management solutions including the installation, maintenance and replacement of network cables by licensed low-voltage contractors who will ensure your cabling is up to code. Follow this link to learn more about our network cabling services
This said, how do you know if your network cables need to be replaced? If you have had the same cables in place for the past four years and everything seems to be fine within your network, how do you know if your cables need replacing?
Here are some signs your network needs new wiring:
Something Goes WrongIt may seem logical to waiting until something goes wrong before replacing data cabling. It’s the old adage, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. While this saying is true with some things, sometimes common sense makes no sense. Waiting until your cabling physically breaks will only cause your network major errors and problems which, when forced to fix on the fly, will cost you time, money, productivity, and most importantly, customers.
Long story short, when it comes to replacing network cables, there are always signs along the way. Never, we repeat, never, wait until a cable physically breaks.
Ongoing Data ErrorsOne of the first tale-tell signs of computer network cabling failure is an increase in data errors. By this we mean that data sends fail across your network, data becomes corrupted while traveling within your network, and data simply disappears from your network during transmission. If you start to notice an uptick in these errors, it is time to look at your cables, your routers, and your transmission hardware.
While data errors might not always be a sign of eventual network cabling failure, network cabling failure almost always includes data errors.
The Casing Starts to Look WornIf you think your data wiring and cabling are becoming subpar, one of the best things you can do is to physically inspect them. Before inspection, work with an onsite IT member to make a list of every known cable in your network. Then inspect each cable to make sure the cover – jacketing – is as it should be. Check all the connection points for loose bits and corrosion. If you find any connector is loose, shows signs of wear and tear, is falling off, or has loose internal wiring showing through, it is time to change your cables.
Check Additional HardwareWhile not cabling, another thing to check when you think your network cabling is breaking down is all the additional hardware your network uses for data transmission. This includes routers, switches, ports, modems etc. Again, while those pieces of hardware are not technically part of the cabling, they do work with your cabling to keep your network working smoothly. Checking them and running diagnostics on them will let you know if they are the source of your issues or if they are running just fine.
Something Comes Up On Your Annual Inspection
Avoiding network issues is like anything else — being proactive instead of reactive is the best bet. To accomplish this, one of our tried and tested solutions to making sure your network cabling is in good standing is to have a network engineer come into your facility to test your network. Just like running a monthly diagnostic test on your laptop or going to the doctor for the yearly physical, having a reputable network engineer test your network once a year is a good way to make sure your data cabling and additional hardware are up to par.