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At CAT5 Installers UK we have been installing data cables and we understand that moving an office is a daunting undertaking that, if improperly planned, can add unnecessary expense and lost productivity.  From an IT consultant or network administrator’s perspective, an office move involves a lot more than simply moving physical objects from one location to another. Since most problems arise once the move nears completion, plenty of planning should go into the move as early as possible so that the actual move is as seamless as possible. This web page offers a summary of the issues you should consider to help you plan an office move that stays within your budget and deadline. 

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What to Expect with a Data Cabling Installer

When you do get to the point where you’re talking with a voice / data cabling contractor, you will invariably be asked some or all of the following questions:

  • When will you be moving? If moving within the next 60 days, have you already set up your T1 or phone lines with your telecommunications provider? This is a very important aspect of an office move that too often gets overlooked. Many cabling installers have been contacted by persons who are in charge of moving an office in two weeks, only to realize that their telecommunications company requires 45 days notice to install a new T1 line. Be sure that you’ve made arrangements with your telecommunications provider well in advance of your move.
  • How many voice & data drops will you need. A “drop” is basically one run of cable from a starting point (usually the wiring closet or server room) to the end point (usually an office or cubicle). Remember that for each office, cubicle or workstation, you will generally need one drop for the phone line, and one for the computer. You should also take into account drops that are required for things like dedicated network printers and fax machines.
  • What type of construction is your new office space? Is it a hard cap ceiling (i.e. like a ceiling in a typical house) or a drop ceiling (also called acoustic ceiling). Drop ceilings are typically much easier to work with as they offer easier access to run cables through.
  • Will the new space require plenum or non-plenum cabling? The answer to this will depend on the type of construction used in the new location. If your cabling will need to run above a ceiling that is also used as a space for the circulation of air in a heating, air-conditioning and ventilation system (plenum space), then you will be required to use plenum-rated cable. Plenum cable is jacketed with a fire retardant plastic jacket of either a low-smoke polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or a fluorinated ethylene polymer (FEP), which limit the amount of toxic fumes in the event of a fire. Plenum cabling costs slightly more than non-plenum wiring, but it’s necessary to maintain code compliance.
  • Will you be moving an existing phone system? This is a question that may or may not be asked, depending upon whether the cabling installer is capable of moving the type of phone system that your office uses. It may be that they can do this for you as part of the cost of wiring the new location, or they may sub-contract this out to another company that specializes in the type of phone equipment your office uses.

 

What to Expect During Your Site Survey


Once you’ve located one or more cabling contractors, the next step will be for them to schedule a visit to the new location (a site survey). This is usually a free visit where the cabling professional will assess the environment and layout of the new office space in order to come up with a price quote. Following are some things you should be prepared with to make the visit go smoothly and quickly:

  • Make sure you or someone will be at the new location with keys to the new space and to the MPOE (minimum point of entry).
  • If applicable, make sure that building managers or security officers at the new location have been notified that you and a 3rd party vendor will be accessing the new location.
  • Have a floor plan of the proposed office space. This is generally something that will be provided to someone in your organization by your space planner, cubicle company or designer. 


Once in the new location, CAT5 installers UK will be looking at several things to help him or her provide you with a quote. Specifically, a voice/data network cabling installer will be looking at or verifying:

  • The type of construction in use.
  • Location and appropriateness of the server room and/or wiring closet.
  • Measuring distances of the various cable runs
  • Determining whether an IDF (intermediate distribution point) will be required. For larger spaces, or spaces containing many company divisions, it is often necessary or beneficial to have multiple wiring closets to separate logical divisions in a network, or to extend a network beyond 300 ft from the MDF (main distribution point, usually the main wiring closet or server room).
  • Determining whether any special cabling will be required, such as fiber optic to connect remote IDFs, or CAT6 over CAT5e for spaces that might cause interference in data transmissions.

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Once a cabling professional has been able to physically survey your new or existing location, they will then take the information they’ve gathered to provide you with a quote. It’s a good idea to get multiple quotes from different vendors, as pricing can sometimes vary considerably depending upon the overhead and current workload of a particular cabling installation company.

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CAT5 Installers UK are the number one in Data Cabling

At CAT5 Installers uk, We specialise in providing network service support, IT support, voice, data, fibre optics, and CAT 5e Cabling to clients in the United Kingdom and surrounding areas. We are a family-owned and operated, full-service, Low Voltage contractor and IT Support Company that has over 20 years experience that we can offer to our clients. Since 1999 we have been servicing theUnited Kingdom area businesses with the same integrity, honesty, attention and care. 20 years later, our standards remain the same with the growing demand for our services.

CAT5 Data Cables and Communications takes pride in the relationships and partnerships it has developed since being in business. Shelby has provided our customers with network designs, installations and support for a variety of applications and a diversity of organizations. No matter the size, they all have one thing in common: they needed a technology partner with experience, quality solutions and a serious commitment to service.

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Future Bandwidth Requirements

Furthermore Cat5 Installers UK understand that it is rare that people think to factor in the growth of a company, or the launching of new products and services when estimating future bandwidth requirements. But, failure to make an accurate assessment of future bandwidth requirements can end up costing a lot of money. Unfortunately, estimating future bandwidth is both complex and often speculative. As an example, it might seem that doubling the number of employees in a company would result in a doubling of the network bandwidth demand. Rarely is it so straightforward, however. Consider that several of the new employees might be multimedia authors, who generally have much higher bandwidth requirements. Also consider that bringing on several new sales people means bringing on the back-and-forth communication between those sales people and all their customers. Perhaps the sales department has decided to host an in-house, web-based CRM implementation — this could result in an increase in bandwidth requirements that are that are far out of proportion to the rest of the users on the network. Because of such factors as these, it is important that a network administrator have knowledge of the future plans for a business when planning a structured cabling implementation. Generally speaking, it is far less costly to “future proof” a structured cabling implementation than it is to replace the existing cabling once it becomes apparent that it is not sufficient to meet the demands of the network.

Your Budget

While working within a budget is certainly something one should consider, CAT5 Installers UK want you to understand that the difference in costs between Cat5e, Cat6 and optical fiber is insignificant compared to the costs involved in not using the correct conveyance media for current and future network requirements. The old adage that “it’s better to do it right the first time” certainly holds true when planning your network infrastructure. Not doing it right the first time could cost your company far more than it saved by choosing an older technology or less expensive conveyance media, not to mention that not choosing the correct media could cripple a network and bring about the wrath of it’s users. Because of this, current and future bandwidth requirements, as well as an understanding of your network environment should play a far more important role than cost in determining which type of cabling is best suited for your needs.

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Determining Your Current Network Bandwidth Needs

Your primary concern in determining the type of cabling to use is your network’s current bandwidth requirements. This figure can vary greatly based on the size of the network (i.e. the number of workstations connected to the network). A small network of 15 workstations will generally have much lower bandwidth requirements than a network that needs to support 100 workstations. Future growth should also be factored when considering network size. If your company is expecting to double the number of employees over the next two years, then you can expect your network bandwidth needs to increase accordingly. To complicate matters further, you must also factor in the type and volume of the data traffic that your network will be supporting. For example, a small multimedia and graphic design firm with only 10 workstations will likely have much greater bandwidth requirements than a law firm consisting of 25 workstations. Again, this is due primarily to the type and volume of the data one can expect in each work environment: a single user transferring a 5-minute high definition video across the network can easily consume more bandwidth than 20 users opening MS Word and Excel files.

So how do you accurately determine your network bandwidth requirements?

There are several ways to analyze network traffic, but the best and most accurate method is to utilize a tool called a network analyzer. Among the simplest and most ubiquitous of these tools is a utility that is built into all flavors of Windows servers called Network Monitor. The Network Monitor utility gives detailed insight into traffic on a network segment and can detail broadcast traffic and specific packets transmitted to or from a machine. There are also several other third-party products such as Ethereal (free), as well commercial analyzers such as Network General Fast Ethernet Sniffer, Cinco NetXRay, AG Group EtherPeek, Novell LANalyzer for Windows, and Intel LANDesk Traffic Analyst among many others. It is important to note than when using a network analyzer to monitor your current network’s bandwidth usage, that you sample data over the course of several days (or even weeks), and that you do so throughout different times of the day. Doing this will ensure that you make the most accurate assessment of your network’s bandwidth requirements.

Your Network Environment

Your network environment plays a large part in determining the best type of cabling you should use. While optical fiber offers the fastest possible bandwidth and is the best medium for “future proofing” your network, certain environments are ill suited toward fiber optic installation. Unlike twisted copper mediums like Cat5e or Cat6, optical fiber is prone to transmission problems due to dirt and scratches on the fiber. This can be typical of dirty or dusty mechanical closets, equipment closets, and any rooms that are not clean or friendly to fiber technology. In such cases, twisted copper solutions might be the best way to go. Alternatively, certain environments cause problems with twisted copper mediums. Although Cat5e and Cat6 have much improved noise immunity than their twisted copper predecessors, they are susceptible to high RF (radio frequency) and EMI (electromagnetic interference). Hospitals for example, have tremendous RF interference problems over twisted pair cabling. A Cat5e or Cat6 cable running alongside a CAT scanner or NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) scanner would be rendered virtually useless due to RF interference. In such environments, optical fiber is the ideal solution as it is all but immune to such interference.

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