Take a look at your desk, you likely have a computer, mouse, keyboard, monitor, Internet cable and phone charging cord. Thatâ€™s 6-10 cables just for one machine. Are they neatly organized, or are they more of a free-form tangle? If youâ€™re like most people, itâ€™s the latter. Ever had to go change the network cable? Or searching for the monitor power plug? Tough isnâ€™t it? Now, think about the room your server is in, itâ€™s probably like your desk, only a lot worse.
If something goes wrong with your servers or even your computers, it can be frustrating and time consuming to sort through all the cables. Imagine having a network connection problem and having to find one cable among a mess of potentially hundreds. We shudder at the thought, and yet see it time and time again.
Like most things in business, organization is key, and a neatly organized cable system not only helps IT, but can help ensure you can troubleshoot/repair if an IT professional isnâ€™t available to do so in person.
If your server room/office looks like a Jackson Pollock painting, there are a few measures you can take to ensure a neat and tidy set of cables.
- Use a cabling professional. If you are starting out with a new system, or moving offices and need to lay new cable, itâ€™s a good idea to skip the DIY and contact a professional who can help. This will help minimize cable mess along with potential performance and connection issues.
- Make a device map. On a piece of paper or chart, depending on how many devices you have, mark every device, assign them a unique number and mark what they connect to. For example, if you have a server and five computers, all these should link to the server.
- Tag on the hub. Use the numbers youâ€™ve just applied to the devices and mark their current location on the Patch Panel – the panel on a server or electrical device where you attach cables. For example, If Computer #1 connects to Patch Panel B, mark this on the panel.
- Untangle those wires. Once you know the connection location, you can unplug all the cables, untangle them and plug them back in, in an orderly manner. Use Zip-Ties or twist ties to link cables together to make them easier to move or keep track of.
- Use colored cables. If you have different types of devices connected to one hub, itâ€™s a good idea to use different colored cables so you know what is connected. For example servers could be red cords, printers yellow and computers white/blue.
Is your cabling in need of a good organizing but you lack the time or are unsure of how to go about it? Contact us, we can help.