Without an office network, your team would be completely disconnected from customers, vendors, and each other. Whether you rely on a wireless network, local area network, or both, ensuring they’re configured correctly has a big impact on how well your office runs.
While Wi-Fi networks are designed to be easy to set up, too many offices think they can just plug them in and they’ll work effectively, but that’s not usually the case.
When it comes to installing network cables, it takes an expert to set those up correctly and according to industry standards. Otherwise, issues with connectivity, shorts, and employee injuries can occur.
Tripping and falling due to wires and cables not being properly secured is the number 2 cause of workplace injuries.
So, when it comes to networking, make sure you’re doing it right and not making one of these common mistakes.
Smart Networking Means a More Effective Office
Downtime, spotty internet connections, electrical fires… these are all things that can happen when you don’t ensure your network is set up correctly. Here are the top issues to avoid when it comes to wired and wireless network installation.
Overloading Your Wireless Router
Just like homes, offices are getting more internet-connected devices each year, with smart security cameras, interactive white boards, and other IoT gadgets becoming office mainstays. Connecting everything to a single access point can overload your Wi-Fi router and cause everyone’s connection to slow down.
Look into solutions such as wireless mesh networks that offer multiple signal access points or transferring some of your connections to ethernet cables to reduce the demand on a single router.
Running Data Cable Next to Electrical Cable
The magnetic field generating by the low voltage that runs through data cabling is a vital component in the flow of communications. When data cable using UTP (unshielded twisted pairs) is run in parallel with electrical cables, the magnetic field can be disrupted causing the data flow to become interrupted and transmission rates to slow down.
Keeping a Router at Defaults
There are a few different default settings on a router that are designed to be changed one you set it up at your home or office. Leaving everything on the defaults can result in security risks and a slower performing signal.
Some of the default settings you should change when installing a new wireless router include:
- Router ID/Name
- Router Password
- Router Channel
Not Following Network Cabling Compliance Standards
Some less scrupulous IT shops might try to cut corners by not adhering to local codes and standard when running network cabling. This is a huge mistake that can cost you dearly.
These standard and codes are put into place for a reason and if they’re not followed, they can result in serious safety issues and poor network performance. Standard such as how to terminate a cable end and how many wires should be inside a cabling jacket are put there to keep you, your employees, and anyone that visits your office safe.
Not Understanding the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Bands
Some wireless routers give you two band options to use, one that is 2.4 GHz and one that’s 5 GHz. If you don’t know what they’re for, you might just choose one thinking that’s all you need and miss out on the benefits that your router offers by using both.
- The 2.4 GHz band is slower but has a longer range
- The 5 GHz band is faster but has a shorter range
Utilizing both bands gives you the opportunity to optimize your wireless connections for the best speeds and distance.
Adding an Ethernet Switch When You Need a Cable
When you’re trying to match increased demand on your network, using Ethernet switches can be a popular way to do that, but if you’re adding them when you really need a new cable run, you might end up causing instability in your network.
If you have devices requiring significantly more network resources, then doing it right by adding another cable is a better way to ensure your network remains stable and in good shape.
Poor Placement of Wi-Fi Access Points
If you’re trying to hide your Wi-Fi access points behind a fixture or in an alcove, you may soon find that you’re experiencing signal issues. Any “line of sight” barriers can weaken your signal, and these include cubical walls and furniture.
In an office setting, it’s typically a good idea to use an elevated location for your access points, this allows for a more unobstructed signal that’s not going to be blocked by as many obstructions.
Need Help Installing or Upgrading Your Network?
Whether you’re moving offices or upgrading your current location, Technology Visionaries can ensure your network is set up optimally and according to industry standards.
Contact us for all your wired or wireless networking needs. Just call 732-587-5960 or reach us online.