A properly installed network should last 30 years or until technology forces you to upgrade. If your Cat 5E or Cat 6 network was installed correctly you should not experience any problems. Here are some of the common mistakes made during installations that could cause problems on your network:
- Cabling is not properly supported or installed above the drop ceiling. Many times when you lift a ceiling tile in your office space you will see all kinds of cables laying on the ceiling grid. These cables can be damaged when other contractors are working in the ceiling or when simply lifting a ceiling tile. A properly supported network cabling system should be at least 5” off the grid allowing the ceiling tiles to be removed without damaging the cables.
- Cabling is installed directly above fluorescent light fixtures. Cabling should be kept at least 12” from fluorescent fixtures so there is not any interference from the fluorescent ballasts in your network. If your cabling is laying on top of these fixtures you may experience dropped packets or latency on your network.
- Bends or kinks in the cable during installation. If you get a bend or kink in the cable during installation the twists in the cable may become compromised causing latency and dropped data packets.
- Improperly terminated cable at either the jack or patch panel. The continuity may be correct but you can still have problems because of an improperly terminated cable. If the twists are un-twisted too much you may have a latency problem on your network.