An organized network can save hours or even days off of troubleshooting
So let’s say your network is performing great. Everything is running as it should and you can’t complain. However, one day you come into work and suddenly your VOIP phones don’t work. You go to the server closet to check the line to your phone, but you’re greeted with a spaghetti of wires. We’ve all been there. Often times when networks get setup, the unfortunate truth is that they are not organized properly. Usually, to save on time or avoid tedium, people generally neglect wire management and labeling, but these things are imperative to keeping your network running smoothly.
Take one of our recent projects for example:
upon initial inspection, we can see that the server is sitting on the floor next to the washer and dryer. To the right is a hodgepodge of wires, switches, and routers. Let’s say the washing machine overflowed or had a leak; well that would mean that the server will get wet and most likely stop working. More so, if one of the switches, modem, or router stops working, replacing it would take significantly longer than it has to because the technician will have to find where all the wires lead to and what they do.
Our solution was to build a shelf above the washer and dryer to keep the server safe from water damage and neatly organizing and zip-tying the network wires to make the network more modular for additions or replacements.
Modularity is important!
One important thing to keep in mind when setting up a network is modularity. Modularity basically means that it’s easier to add and remove parts of the network. When it comes to technology, it’s important to stay up to date, and having an easier path to upgrade helps tremendously with that.
Let’s take a look at another example:
This client wanted to add 24 security cameras to his network. While the before picture doesn’t look too bad, we can always do better. For one, the modem, switches, and VOIP modem were taking unnecessary space on the wall. If you needed to add another switch or NVR, for example, you’d be hard-pressed to find room. Also, none of the wires are labeled or organized.
With this client, we added a server rack and organized and labeled all of the ethernet wires. As you can see, there is a lot more room available for upgrade, even though we have more connected to the network. By thoughtfully organizing the network, we made sure that the network is ready for any upgrade or replacement needed in the future.
In conclusion, it’s important to keep organized. By doing so, you ensure that that you’re ready for any future upgrades, and you can save a lot of time and money when troubleshooting or even during regular maintenance.