Proper Cabling and Wiring of Your Office

by VENDIREX on 10/23/2015 - 01:34 pm |

Tags: Equipment Leasing, Maintenance Management

Whether you’re planning to upgrade or expand your existing office space - or start from the ground up - the cabling and wiring infrastructure is one of the most vital things to get right for efficient business operations. After all, your entire communications system is literally tied up in the accurate functionality of these elements.

A proper wire management system should create a reliable and tidy network for all of your data and voice connections throughout the space. Usually, the cables and wires are run through the walls or ceiling of your facility, starting at a patch panel in your server room or closet, and connecting all the worker stations.

Choosing Your Installer

It’s important to remember that a professional is necessary in your commercial space, and that this is not something you should personally attempt, even if you’ve run a few wires in your own home. Less than professional installation could affect the cabling warranties, as well as your insurance protection.

Typical installers are either low-voltage electricians, or phone system technicians, and must be insured and licensed to work in a commercial space. Either one should be a certified Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD); one who is educated in all local and national codes, and expert in the wiring of telecommunications.

Your installer must ensure that your project install is both safe and compliant to local standards set by the Electronics and Telecommunications industries for commercial buildings. Their installation must also abide by the National Electronics Code (NEC), which is regionally adopted for safe electrical wiring and a part of the National Fire Codes.


Project Specifications

A project outline of the entire network architecture should be provided prior to the job onset. Known as the Project Specifications Document, it will describe the scope of services, details to be used for labeling and testing of the wiring, equipment to be used in conjunction with the install, timeframe for completion, along with the total project costs. You might want to include a compensation clause for a price reduction if their quoted timeline is not met.

Change orders will of course mean additional fees, but other than these, the prices give in the ‘spec doc’ constitute a fixed rate contract. Customer support is also a part of the document’s enumeration. Response times, level of service, and any limitations on maintenance or warranty expiration should be spelled out thoroughly as well.


Leave your comment

You need to login to leave your comment.