Top tips for tidy comms cabinet

1. Always go bigger

– you never know what the future will hold and what new IT system your business will need, so when you’re installing a comms cabinet it’s always useful to have at least 20% spare capacity. So make sure you think about this when ordering your cabinet.

2. Cable Management

– when setting up your cabinet, think about installing cable management bars every 2U, this means your cables will have a specific tidy place to be routed to your hardware.

3. Right size patch leads

– Don’t use 5m leads when you only need 1m, you’ll pay for it later! Each time you make this compromise it makes managing your cabinet more difficult, keep making these compromises and you’ll be looking and the infamous spiders next.

4. Colour coded

– this one is a life saver when it comes to supporting your cabinet, for example imagine you’re internet has gone down and you don’t know why. You rush to your cabinet but instead of seeing a sea of hundreds of cables you have to shift through, your incoming broadband is in red ( for do not disconnect), think of how easy this one cable is to identify if it’s the only red cable in your cabinet. The same approach can be used to colour code your Wi-Fi, PCs, IP CCTV, VOIP phones and links between equipment. Colour coding is just another way to maintain I tidy cabinet and minimising downtime.

5. Keep on top of it

– depending on how often you make changes in your cabinets, over time these changes can often mean your cables are becoming untidy, we recommend once every 12 months doing an MOT on your cabinet where you can tidy cables, make sure the right colours and length leads are being use and clean out any dust. Keeping on top of it means your cabinet will stay tidier for longer.

6. Keep your comms room and cabinet locked

– not only does this help with keeping your data secure, it also means you won’t have anyone else in your cabinet who may not take the time and care needed to look after it.

7. Containment

– think about where the cables are being fed from for example if they’re coming down from the ceiling make sure you have a nice roomy piece of containment there which can house all your existing and any future data cabling installations.

Top Data Cabling Tips for Moving office

1. Check the existing cabling in your new office

– often when you view you new premises there appears to be cabling in place, our advice is have a data cabling specialist confirm this for you. While visually it may look ok, often cables can be cut or data sockets can be left in place and not connected to anything (so there’s no gaps in the trunking).

2. Can Wi-Fi work your business?

– with Wi-Fi 6 technology becoming more affordable, you may not need as much data cabling as you think. Wi-Fi is now a tangible solution for your business and can dramatically reduce your data cabling costs.

3. Create a floor plan

– plan where you want your desks, printers, furniture and communal areas, this means your data cabling can be tailored to your needs which will save you money for example there’s no need to put outlet in an area which is dedicated to filing cabinets.

4. How many data outlet do you need?

– traditionally offices were cabled on the basis of 2 data outlets per user (1 x Phone, 1 x PC). However in current times this can be considered overkill because; 1) advancements in VOIP technology mean we can make calls directly from our PC, and 2) COVID making us aware of bacteria on surfaces we now see lots of businesses moving away from handsets on desks. With this in mind if you still want a cabled connection to your device you may want to go with 1.5 or 1.25 Data Outlets per user reducing your costs without losing functionality .

5. Remove/replace redundant and obsolete hardware

– often over the years your current office can accumulate lots of IT hardware, we find a lot of this hardware can be removed as it’s not in use. So moving office gives you an opportunity to review what IT equipment you have, and whether you need it any more or if it needs upgrading. Reviewing this before you leave your current office makes moving into your new office much easier.

6. Don’t move your furniture in too early

– We know you’re keen to move into new premises. However, did you know moving your furniture in before your installation has taken place can increase your costs by 30%.

7. Decorate after installation works

– Installation works can be disruptive and create dust, if decorating if part of your plan, wait to after your work has been carried out.

8. Think ahead

– for example if I room starts off  a meeting room, but then you expand and it turns into an office think about cabling to suit your needs now and for the future this will save you money and disruption in the long run

Top 10 Tips for Home Ethernet Wiring

1. Fix your Zoom video call connection issues

Video calling has gone from something we did during lockdown to the new normal, so the expectation is that we have a reliable connection – having a hard-wired cable solves this problem so no more jittery video calls or lagging.

2. Get more out of your internet

Did you know you can lose up to 75% of your speed over wi-fi just based on the location of the router? So while when you’re online shopping you might not notice it, if you’re streaming, gaming or making a zoom call you may find your connection is poor even though you’re paying for high speed.

3. Plan it around home decorating/renovations

Any work carried out on your home to add additional wiring can be disruptive – why not plan it around other work you’re having done. This also mean you can hide the cables in the walls before you redecorate!

4. Do your homework!

Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your supplier – you can tell a lot about a company by their responses. Ask to see their work – remember this is your home, you don’t want something just thrown in.

5.Think big!

Think “what might I need Data Cabling for over the next 5-10 years?”. Think about what you’re going to use your rooms for and how that might change. Could you need a home office, gaming or cinema room? Here’s a few devices around the home which you may have now or may be buying over the years to come;

IP CCTV protecting your home
An additional router – because sometimes your router isn’t always installed in the best location
Additional wireless access points – to make sure you have a strong signal in every part of your home – that’s includes your garden!
SKY Q Box
Audio Visual Solution
SONOS Wireless Speakers
Home office
Ring Doorbell – PoE model
Smart TVs for Streaming
6. Hardwire your Sky Q box

While you can have multiple Sky Q boxes in your home, they run on Wi-Fi which means depending on the size of your home or e.g. if your home is extended this can be a major problem. We’re receiving more calls where the Sky Q boxes just don’t talk to each other even though there’s a Wi-Fi signal in the room – so hardwire your box!

7. Don’t forget the garden!

Over the last few years we’ve all had to spend more time at home, with more people creating an outdoor living space. When you’re considering this, think “do I need Wi-Fi out there?” you might need Wi-Fi for your speakers.

8. Don’t let your electrician do it!

Nearly all of our call outs to residential properties are due electricians installing data cabling poorly and as result their customers experience intermittent connections or faulty outlets. Use data cabling specialist (like 2580 Group!) as they have dedicated data cabling department delivering high quality installations every day.

9. Buy a switch

Did you know that most routers from your Internet Service Provider come with 2-4 ethernet ports on the back? This means you can connect up to 4 devices hard wired. However if you require more than this, you’ll need to invest in a switch to give you extra ports. Switches like this are available online for less than £100 and give you up to 24 additional ports.

10. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more – Do it right do it once!

Remember, you get what you pay for! While poorly installed data cabling should work, it will struggle to support high data users such as gamers or people streaming shows on Netflix. So you want to do it right the first time! Plan ahead, and find the right partner; it’ll save you lots of money in the long run, and it means you don’t need to disrupt your home again.

10. Find a home for all your cables

If you’re considering installing more than 4 cables, you’re going to need a base for them to go back to. The best place is usually a storeroom or under the stairs! This is the ideal location as its hidden away so you don’t have to see them every day. Stay are from damp or moist areas such as the garage.