We live in a digital age where staying online is essential to keeping a business operational. Whether you are processing transactions at a local garage or maintaining uptime on a hospital’s centralized server, any interruptions in service or connectivity could potentially cost time, revenue, and potentially put lives at risk.
When we run into connectivity issues or network breakdowns, our first instinct is to blame external factors or local internet providers. However, if you’re finding that you are consistently struggling with slow data transfers or server access, it may have more to do with your network cabling and equipment.
Maintaining and updating these systems may seem like an expensive and logistical headache but taking the initiative can save you from more costly downtime. Here are 5 signs you need a cabling upgrade.
1. Old Cabling
Cables and cabling accessory companies continue to innovate and produce cabling with higher efficiency and capacity. When you’re looking to upgrade your hardware, review how old your cables are. If you were planning on using your existing cables, they may not work with newer equipment. Older Cat5E cables introduced in the year 2000 are gigabit capable at short distances but newer equipment and power requirements may need Cat6A or better.
2. Visibly Damaged Wires
Keep an eye on the general wear and tear of your cabling. If you notice cables are worn or frayed during maintenance or upgrades, we recommend a cabling upgrade so as to not put your network or uptime at risk. Upgrading during maintenance is a much better solution than putting in a rush order!
3. Poor Performance
One thing to monitor is your general uptime and transfer speeds. As mentioned before, it’s easy to put the blame on your internet provider or believe you may need to increase your speeds. Before you do, review what your speeds should be and see if that is what you’re currently getting. If it’s not, it may be a matter of your cabling underperforming.
4. Track Network Downtime
If you find that your network is frequently down, it’s hard to understate how much of an impact that can have on your business. Downtime means employees are unable to fulfill their responsibilities. This not only impacts your employees but your customers and business partners as well. Keep track of how often your network is down and review with trained professionals.
5. Maintenance & Cost
This is a little more nuanced but you should also track how often you’re requiring maintenance. If you’re finding that you frequently have to replace cables during maintenance, there’s a good chance that it’s only a matter of time for the rest of them. Plan ahead and upgrade all of your cabling with newer cables that are more efficient. While it may seem costly, doing it all at once means less downtime for maintenance. This in itself has a cost. When your employees are unable to work efficiently, it directly impacts your end customer.
Simplified Communications provides structured cabling and security solutions and we bring a level of experience and support that every organization needs. Along with our solutions partners, we are an industry leader in the field, providing our customers with expertise and reliability. Visit us online today to learn more, call us at 757-276-1459, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn!