Cabling is the part of networking, without which no networking is possible. It is an inescapable and must-have part. However, as the cabling is widespread and is used all over, there are many problems and issues that arise in the cabling, and so there are such solutions for them too. Well, while some issues are not so complicated, they are solved quickly. Whereas there are some issues in the cabling as well, which seems to be very complex (might be complex too), but they have solutions, which can be complicated, and solutions which are straightforward too. So, it depends on you, on which solution you would want to put your hands into. Also, suppose if you want to put your hands into the solutions that are scalable, sustainable, and right. In that case, you will need to remember that not too much investment, and only the latest technology or fancy solutions are right. It would be best if you do your homework of research to get the best and straightforward solutions to your complex problems. Because, not all complex cable issues would require complex solutions!
So, to make your approach right for the cabling solutions, you need to remember that the problem might get solved in only a penny, to which your well-engineered solution plans might take up dollars.
Now, we understand that you might be thinking that what can be the cable issues, which are complicated, but the solutions to the same are uncomplicated and undemanding of the money.
To answer those queries, here are some real world examples of the cable issues that you might face. And here we will also mention the solutions to the same, one that is complex and the other that will be easy and sorted.
Example No. 1
Fiber Cabling For Different Applications
Often there are customers who want the fiber cabling for different applications but in one place only. The requirement of the cables can be for six, seven, ten, or more applications. But as the cables have to stay in one place, it often happens that customers make a cable design in their heads, and in that design, they include different colours of cables for different applications.
Now, getting the cabling done for the different applications while keeping the cable in one place, can be confusing. So, there can be two solutions to the same.
One, which is fancy, money-taking, and hard to maintain, but seems easy in the books and the planning. And the other one is very simple, very less money taking, easy to maintain, and easy to change and move as well.
If you get the cabling that is of different colours, then you will face the following things:
- There is a minimum quantity to manufacture the cable, which is very high in quantity, be it of any specific colour. This means unnecessarily overspending the money, which will also result in the cable's wastage.
- If you take different colours of cables for different applications, say as, if you take eight different colours cables, then managing them all will be tough. You will need to keep all the colour cables in stock so that you can install the new one immediately if any of them gets damaged. So, managing it all will be a complex thing.
However, the cabling colour does not really matter once it is run through the cable tray. However, it only matters at the endpoint, where the same is administered.
However, if having this idea of getting the cabling structure made of different colours seems complicated, money taking, hard to manage, and tough to maintain, then you can switch to the next idea. The next idea is that you can have all the wires of the same colour, add the bands or wraps of different colours at the cables' endpoints. This will easily distinguish between the cables, not be money taking, and easy to manage.
Example No. 2
Pre-Terminated Cable & Field Terminated Cables
Often people who have a tight deadline to complete the project in the given time, opt to use the pre-terminated cables. However, as the pre-terminated cables which are manufactured in factories have the modular components come with the connectors already attached, which are tested, and qualified and are ready to plug and play in the network, seems to be the great solution on the surface. However, if you use these cables without exploring more options, you might meet your deadlines for completing the project, but you will end up spending a lot of money unnecessarily.
As these cables are 100% factory terminated or spliced, they are best for the works, where lengths are predictable, the installation environment access is limited, or the skilled resources are not readily available. These cables will help you complete the work at a higher speed than that of the field-cables.
But, did you think that if the places where these cables have to be installed are not of the predictable lengths, and the cabling is not so perfectly planned, then the issues that pre-terminated cables can bring will be much more than that of the field terminated cables. Because, pre-terminated cables will require pre-planning for the cabling, and you will have to be sure about the length of the cable’s upfront. So, having the pre-terminated cables at the places where these things are not possible is not suitable. Even though it seems suitable on the papers and in the books!
So, for these places, if you get the field terminated cables, which have to be stretched between the two points, then after stretching the cables, connectors be attached and then connected to a patch panel, it will be cost-effective and also will save the time of planning, measuring each cable’s length and on more things.
So, you see, it is not necessary that whatever is latest, fancy, easy to install, and seems simple is really the solution. But according to your project, you need to understand the requirements, and only after comparing several options, whether new or old, should you decide what the sustainable solution really is.
Well, these are only two examples which we have encountered lately. You can relate your version of the cable problem in the same context, and then you might find an easy solution for the same. All you need to do is research well about the possible options, compare, and then take the decision. Because by now you know, what all is latest, and what all seems to be the easy solution in the papers might not really help you practically.