You may not think about it often (if at all), but cabling actually plays a very important role in your business. It is the foundation on which all other business activities depend. Choosing the most efficient and reliable cabling infrastructure is very important. The cabling you choose will determine how fast your business network can be. Today more than ever, businesses worldwide are demanding higher levels of bandwidth. There are a lot of different things you should take into account when considering cabling for your company. We’ve put together a list of questions you can ask when choosing which cabling is best suited for your business.
Are they certified?
I think this one is pretty obvious, but you would be surprised to hear how many cable installers are not certified. You want to make sure you choose trained and certified professionals that are experienced in order to achieve long-lasting results. An experienced cable installer will have the knowledge to know exactly which type of cabling service you need while avoiding installation errors.
Which type of cabling is best for my business?
Believe it or not, no two cabling systems are the same. There are many different factors that play a role to ensure the efficient transmission of data. Some of the structured cabling services include Cat 5e through Cat 6+, Multimode/Single-mode Fiber, Copper and Fiber Feeders/Backbone and many more. An experienced installer will able to guide you in the right direction. Some of the factors determining which cabling is right for your company to include:
- The location and size of your building
- The needs of the network
- Your network environment
- Future Bandwidth Requirements
What cabling work have they done with other companies?
Make sure you are asking for references and case studies! There may be companies that they’ve done work for that needed similar services to yours. If you feel comfortable, you could even reach out to those references and ask them what services they received and how it benefitted them.
After you’re done with the installation, what service(s) can I expect after?
After all of the cabling has been installed, you must be aware of which (if any) maintenance services are written in the contract. Some cabling companies will include ongoing maintenance services, while others are done after installation.
Each structured cabling project for a business is different. For example, some businesses may be transitioning into new construction, renovations or even expansions. Others may be in need of some “cabling cleanup” on existing infrastructure, often piecemealed together over the years from various providers. The network for your business is a vital tool for business efficiency, so it’s important to partner with the right cabling company to ensure lasting results.
GAGE works closely with its clients to develop the cabling service plan that best suits your business. Whether it’s cabling for IP Phone, PC, TV, Wireless Access Points, Printer, Point-of-sale (POS), or anything affiliated with the data network, we make sure your cabling infrastructure sets your business up for success – everything we do is properly identified, tested and certified for your peace of mind.
Give us a call at 225.753.4243 or send us a message to learn more about what we can do for your business.