We recently pickup a few customers that needed it security (malware, antivirus, and firewall). After we finish setting this up, customer ask us if we can look into why they have computers constantly loosing network connectivity. After a bit of troubleshooting, we realize the cables were bad. We ended up replacing come cables (Cat 5e plenum). After we removed the old cables and replace with new one, we were curious, what could possible be wrong with cables, as in our experience cables rarely go bad. After inspecting the cable, we did a quick burn test. We found out the cable was not 100% pure copper. In the last 5 years, we have ran into more and more of these scenarios. Our guess was that in the last decade, there have been a major price increases on copper due to demands from China, have force some vendor to purchase cheaper quality cables. If you have computers that are constantly loosing network connectivity, give us a call, we can help!
Google has started fiber installation in South Austin. Over the past few months, we been getting quite a bit of calls from google customers requesting that we help them moved the fiber jack. It kind of shock me that google won’t service such requests. I’m guessing they are so busy with build out, it’s hard to make that happen. With that being said, if you have google fiber install and want to have it move, give us a call, we can help.
Last week, we had a call potential customer call that needed help finishing off a cabling job that another vendor started, but did not finish. We then schedule a meeting for a site survey to see what was going on. When we came on site, we had notice that none of the cables were terminated and some cables run never made it to the destination boxes. While we were walking through the building, the customer asked us if we do security cameras systems, we replied of course! I’ve asked him if it was poe, and we found out that all the cabling was already done for it, all we needed to do was terminate, install the cameras, program the system, and set it up so the customer can view from off site via smart phone, tablet (android or ios or even windows), or from a PC. As I was wrapping things up, the customer ask us if we can install the access point and program it for them, I got a bit excited as I realize there were potential for more work. In the end, we ended up doing all the work for the customers. For those companies that have a cabling crew run all their cables, but couldn’t finish the job 100% give us a call. We can help. Whether you need to add or program security cameras, setup a basic network or a complete network with windows servers, router, antivirus, and wireless access point, we can help!
We just finished a job that customer requested that we install OM3 fiber (multi-mode 50 micron plenum) to tie their two suites together. After we did a free site survey, we recommended that they go with Cat 6 or Cat 6A as the distant was under 200 feet. Their have been lots of noise regarding Fiber and how fast it can be. Fiber indeed can be much faster than Ethernet cable, however in my opinion, I don’t think fiber is the first thing that I would recommend due to the cost of equipment and labor involve. Dollar for dollar with no doubt fiber sometimes can be the cheapest transport medium for data, but not necessary true all the time. In this case for instant, Fiber would cost probably 3 times more than Ethernet due to the cost of labor and extra equipment require. To do fiber correctly, typically you will need two housing on each side to protect the hair size strand as fiber can be very fragile, especially on the terminated ends. Typically when we run fiber, we have to run an orange conduit to help protect the fiber. I’m not sure why, but I typically see mainly orange conduit for fiber. I think it may be back then 62.5 was the most common fiber use to tie short distant suites and buildings together and 62.5 was normally orange. Regardless, I’ve seen other single mode fiber and OM3 (normally aqua) also enclosed in orange conduit, I think it may be because there are more supply of orange conduit available then other colors. Wow, I got side track…… back to my point, depending on the distant and or applications, there are reasons why we still have CAT cables vs Fibers, so choose them wisely.