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4 Important Things You Need to Know When Installing Data Cabling in Your Home

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If you like DIY projects, wiring or data cabling in your home shouldn't be a difficult task. With the right procedures, you will be able to effectively run the data cables in your home. When installing data cabling in your home, it's important to avoid some mistakes because poor installation will interfere with network performance and create maintenance issues. For this reason, find out how to make your DIY data cabling installation project successful.

Cutting Outer Sheathing

When cutting off the outer sheathing to expose the wires inside, make sure you peel the sheathing back using the string inside, which most of the data cables have. Doing this will ensure that you don't cut any wires inside the sheathing and will prevent any network or connectivity issues.

Cable Management

Don't forget cable management because effective management and organisation of the cables will make it easy to trace cables in case of need for repair. Cable management is simply installing equipment that will secure or hold the cables in place to prevent the tangling of cables. In addition, using cable managers will ensure that the cable arrangement allows for the addition of other cables. Therefore, use racks for managing your cables, and use cable ties to help hold the cables in place on their racks. For easy identification of cables, label them or use colour-coded cables.

Noise Prevention

Noise refers to any outside interference with the communications chain of your data cabling. Therefore, during the installation, avoid putting data cables near any devices, appliances or other fixtures in your home that can be sources of noise.

First, when running the data cables near electrical cables or power lines, make sure you cross the data cables perpendicular to the electrical lines. This is because the twisted data cabling uses unshielded twisted pairs with a low voltage that creates a magnetic field within the cables. This field facilitates the transmission of signals inside the cables. Therefore, when you run your cabling parallel to the electric wires, there is a disruption in the magnetic field, leading to very low rates of transmission.

Other fixtures that work the same way as electrical cables or power lines include motors and fluorescent lighting. For this reason, avoid running the data cabling near such devices or fixtures.

Cabling for Data and Voice

Running different cables for voice or telephone and data can be costly and will make cable management even more difficult. For this reason, run both of them in a single type of cabling, such as the twisted pair data cabling.  

If you find the process a bit overwhelming and are unsure of doing it on your own, consider hiring local telephone and data wiring services to get the job done quickly and properly.