(415) 246-0101

Microtechs Blog

Tip of the Week: How to Keep Your Cabling Under Control

Tip of the Week: How to Keep Your Cabling Under Control

If you’ve spent any time at all looking at the cables that connect and power your business’ technology, chances are that you’re intimidated and confused, to say the least. Having an effective strategy to manage and organize these cables is incredibly important for businesses, as with the right strategy, you can optimize access and connectivity to improve your organization’s operations.

There are two primary factors that need to be addressed for your organization’s wiring and cabling. You need to manage the cables and wires that run your IT infrastructure, as well as manage the replacement wires, adapters, and countless other cables that aren’t currently being used. We’ll discuss some products that you can take advantage of to better manage all of these parts.

Businesses use a plethora of different wires to connect their computing infrastructure together. Here are several of them.

  • Coaxial cable: There are different variations of coaxial cables: thin and thick. Thick cables aren’t as common these days, but thin cables (like those found in Ethernet cords) are more common. These cables aren’t as sturdy as newer types of cables.
  • Twisted-pair cable: There are two different kinds of twisted-pair cables: shielded twisted-pair (STP) and unshielded twisted-pair (UTP). These are cheaper and less likely to break than coaxial cables, but more than that, they are easy to install and maintain. There are other options for this type of cable as well depending on your specific needs.
  • Fiber-optic cables: Fiber-optic cables are created with conductive glass or plastic, allowing light to transmit electrical signals and providing perhaps the fastest method of transportation out there. This speed comes at a price, though; these cables are fragile and should only be handled by specially trained technicians.
  • IBM cable: Created by IBM for IBM networks, this type of cable is a twisted-pair cable that was designed specifically for IBM hardware.

If you consider your business’ data it’s life’s blood, then the cables are the arteries transporting it across your infrastructure. You should know which kind of cables are installed, when they were installed, and when they need to be maintained. When you configure your server room, you should take the opportunity to learn more about the way your cables are set up. If you do it at any other time, chances are that you’ll spend way too much time and energy disassembling and reassembling your server room.

Organizing the Products
It’s critical that you organize your cables in a way that makes it clear which cable connects to which part of your infrastructure. Maintenance is made much easier when you know which cables do what, minimizing the risk of downtime and user error on your technicians’ part. Here are some of the ways that your business can better organize its cable management:

  • Cable sleeving: You can use sleeves--typically created from metal, fabrics, carbon fiber, heat shrink, Kevlar, Teflon, fiberglass, nylon, and more--to keep your wires together. There are braided sleeving, wire loom tubing, and spiral wraps to cover your wires and protect them from things that could do any harm.
  • Cable tray systems: A cable tray is the ideal solution for a business that has to run a lot of cables. These are made to resemble metal baskets, PVC cable routing systems, and snake trays that let you organize your cables in ways that accommodate the structure of where you store your cables, such as the crawl space or ceiling.
  • Cable tracks: If your organization has heavy machinery around cables or hoses, you run the risk of your cables being damaged, twisted, or tangled. Cable tracks are able to keep this from happening. Wire ducts and cable raceways: Cables aren’t always the best-looking things in the office. You can use a duct or raceway to place some protective plastic over the cables and keep them from being exposed to the world.
  • Other: You can use other products like Velcro bands, zip ties, fasteners, and much more to keep your cabling nice and efficient.

Does your business need help organizing and maintaining its cable infrastructure? Microtechs can help. To learn more, reach out to us at (415) 246-0101.

Depending on Your Situation, VoIP May or May Not M...
Why Managed Services Make More Sense

Related Posts



No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Wednesday, October 17 2018

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!


Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Best Practices Technology Business Computing Network Security Tech Term Privacy Cybersecurity Smartphones Cloud Malware Internet Passwords Efficiency Android Browser Communication Productivity User Tips Hardware Microsoft Wi-Fi Data Google Ransomware Small Business Hosted Solutions Saving Money Managed IT services Communications Network Business Management Employer-Employee Relationship Backup Innovation Software Social Media Collaboration Windows 10 Business Intelligence Users Blockchain VoIp Mobile Device Workplace Tips Mobile Devices Email IT Support Applications Computer Data Breach Managed IT Services Compliance Data recovery Artificial Intelligence Managed IT Service Patch Management Wireless Charging Data Protection Information Gmail Cortana Hackers Virtual Assistant Miscellaneous Analytics Virtualization Networking IT Services VPN Data Management Cost Management Outsourced IT Data Backup Bandwidth Marketing Tech Terms Phishing Wireless Computers Government Remote Computing Cloud Computing Smartphone BDR Internet of Things Business Router Automation Save Money Excel GDPR Battery IT budget Law Enforcement Inventory Telecommuting Document Management Websites Printing eCommerce Physical Security Content Filtering Hard Drives A.I. G Suite Hard Drive Business Technology Spam Tactics Connectivity Microsoft Office 365 Lead Generation Password disposal Proactive IT Storage User Tip Mobile Security Paperless Office Knowledge Safety Paper Online Shopping Laptop SSD Movies Bring Your Own Device Tip of the week Processors Virus Apps Access Control Gadgets Machine Learning Value Remote Monitoring and Management Office 365 How To Comparison Dark Web IT Management Operating System Amazon Workers Digital Ink Reporting Hybrid Cloud Troubleshooting Vulnerability Antivirus Maintenance Specifications Technology Tips Streaming Media Microsoft Teams Authentication User Security Microsoft Office Telephony Apple PowerPoint Error Server Server Management Millennials Dongle Medical IT Settings Chrome Facebook Unified Communications Cables Update Spyware Sales Staff Internet Explorer iPhone Conferencing Downloads Company Culture Authorization WannaCry Telecommute Database Analysis Voice over IP Big Data Sports File Sharing Environment Edge SaaS Twitter RAM Voice over Internet Protocol HP Tablet Threat Office Backup and Disaster Recovery Trends Managing Stress HIPAA Data loss Cybercrime Managed Service Holiday Touchscreen Network Attached Storage e-waste Plug-In Disaster Recovery Congratulations Printers Alert Regulation Outlook Quick Tips Thank You