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Why you should insist on Structured Cabling Testing and what you should insist on

Structured Cabling Testing – Reasons to have your installation tested

  • If it’s not tested you won’t know if the installer has
    1. Terminated the data cabling correctly end to end
    2. Terminated the network cabling correctly in the right methods
    3. Terminated the structured cabling to the correct standards
  • Not all cabling terminations are equal. Poor terminations can result in the following
    1. Slower network speeds (i.e. only running at 100MB instead of 1 Gb)
    2. Interference on the data cable
    3. Interference onto neighbouring data cables
    4. Drop outs (i.e. phone calls drop or lost connection to servers)
  • Structured Cabling Testing checks that the correct patch panel ports go to the correct data module location. If the system isn’t tested this issue won’t be highlighted by the data cabling installer to rectify. Your system is then unusable from a management perspective
  • You have accountability! If you receive test results, it shows at a point in time that everything was installed correctly and working to the specified standard. This eliminates the blame culture later on
  • Testing checks that all the elements of the installation have been installed correctly
    1. Data cabling has been pulled in correctly, away from power, without and kinks and twists
    2. The minimum of exposed cable has been allowed for when terminating
    3. The cable is terminated in the correct format
    4. The modules are good and snugly fitting
    5. Without these steps done correctly the structured cabling link won’t pass
  • Structured Cabling Testing shows that the materials used are to standard as well as the data cabling installation. Poor modules, panels and cable will fail every time regardless so the quality of installation

 

What you should insist on from your Data Cabling Test Results

  1. That Structured Cabling Testing is done with Data Cabling Cable Analyser and not a cheaper mod tap tester

 

Structured Cabling Testing test sheet

Without 1 of these test results PER CABLE you are taking a risk that your data cabling installation is not fit for purpose.

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