Network Cabling is an essential part of any business. When done properly it will enhance the productivity of a company and allow for an easier way to grow and expand. Before installing any network you must have a plan. workstation count, cables per workstation, speed of the network, ect. Not having a proper plan can cause your network closet to look like this very fast.
In the above picture the client let this go for years, there was a mix on cat3, cat5, and cat5e cables. Voice cabling was being used for network cabling, mixing and matching of patch cords, and as a result the hard-wired network was slower than the wireless network.
Once we were hired we devised a plan to clean up this network without bringing down the clients or disrupting services during normal business hours. We implemented this plan in one months time and had the new network up and running while also removing the old cabling to prevent pathway clutter and unwanted ceiling trash.
The difference between the old system on the left and the new install on the right is obvious to the eye but here and although the new install is visually pleasing that is not enough to warrant the cost of the installation. Network cabling to the left is a mix of cables that are not capable of supporting the band width needed for a gigabit network thus causing repeat errors and slowing the network. The new network cable install on the right is all cat6 500 ghtz cabling providing plenty of bandwidth. The install on the left handcuffed the It department when it came to adds, moves, and changes. With the install on the right making alterations to the infrastructure is easy.