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Squid Wire

 

Our Mission: “Always provide solid technology advice and solutions”

Squid Wire is a low voltage cabling company which is dedicated to providing solid, reliable technology advice and solutions to support our clients’ needs and growth. We believe in fashioning custom solutions for our customers and we know that a ‘one size fits all’ approach just doesn’t work!

Office Solutions 

While there are infrastructure management consulting firms that specialize in evaluating a new location, determining shortcomings, and ultimately implementing solutions, sometimes your budget may not allow for these services.

As the IT Consultant, Network Administrator, or all around tech person in your office, the details of the move may fall to you.  This article is not intended to be a tutorial on how to institute your move but more to provide you with a few general principles and towards keeping you, your co-workers, and your bottom line happy.

 

When planning an office move, especially from an IT and network infrastructure perspective, there are three basic considerations:

1. What are your office’s current technology needs?

2. What are your future technology and infrastructure needs?

3. What is your budget?

 

Determining Your Current Network Bandwidth Needs

Determining the type of cabling to meet your network’s current bandwidth requirements is not an easy task. Needs vary greatly based on the size of the network, type of traffic and number of users. A small network of 15 workstations will generally have much lower bandwidth requirements than a network that needs to support 100 workstations however, if the 15 users are graphics or multimedia intense, they may have greater requirements than the 100. This is due primarily to the type and volume of the data one can expect in each work environment: a single user transferring a 5-minute high definition video across the network can easily consume more bandwidth than 20 users opening MS Word and Excel files.

 

Your Network Environment

Your network environment plays a large part in determining the best type of cabling you should use. While optical fiber offers the fastest possible bandwidth and is the best medium for “future proofing” your network, certain environments are ill suited toward fiber optic installation. Unlike twisted copper mediums like CAT5e or CAT6, optical fiber is prone to transmission problems due to dirt and scratches on the fiber. This can be typical of dirty or dusty mechanical closets, equipment closets, and any rooms that are not clean or friendly to fiber technology. In such cases, twisted copper solutions might be the best way to go. Alternatively, certain environments cause problems with twisted copper mediums. Although CAT5e and CAT6 have much improved noise immunity than their twisted copper predecessors, they are susceptible to high RF (radio frequency) and EMI (electromagnetic interference).

Squid Wire Philadelphia’s Fiber Optics Installation Experts