Wire Droppin-it-like-it’s-hot

Recently we were tasked with a project that; at first seemed like a daunting, unknown venture. With Managed IT Services being MBUtek‘ core business, we take pride in maintaining our clients computing and technology needs. In the recent case of a client expanding their ¬†business with a new location; we were tasked with wiring the new facility.





We first started by mapping out all the locations within the facility that were going to need access with wall ports. From there we could measure the distances from the patch panel located in the facilities server room. Luckily no drops of Cat5 were over 100m, otherwise we would have had to install other various switches to maintain optimal thru-pu. Cutting back on packet loss that decreases speed. After taking our measurements we were able to purchase all materials for the job. With a plan to drop  32 network ports into the new facility.



Time to break out the tools and ladders. First off, tech guys don’t like small spaces. So crawling through attics was a new one for me and the team. We ran the Cat5 through the attic, and drilled down into the framing to drop the wiring the locations throughout the facility. I used a drill with a 1 inch paddle bit to drill the holes where they were needed for the drops. Other locations we could drop straight down.


We were careful to keep away from interferences, and tripping hazards, by routing and securing our Cat5 network cable safely. Along with staying away from fluorescent lighting. Which has the ability to cause interface in the network speed. One of our techs gathered some great info on wire types, and tips from this blog here.




The idea is pretty simple, its the work that was more challenging in this case since we ran straight from the patch panel to the the wall ports.



After fishing the cable through the wall, we cut squares in the sheetrock, and crimped the cat5 securely into the dedicated port slots. Than finished the port install by drilling sheet rock screws into the wall to secure them.

All in all this was a pretty fun and simple job A first for us as a team, although there were more time consumption and physical challenges faced that initially thought. I feel we made pretty good time and came out with a clean execution. We may end up doing more of these in the near future.

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