What you should consider when cabling your new office for phones and computers
First and foremost; check to make sure if a permit is required. Typically it is, especially for new construction. You will fail inspection if the cabling installation was not performed by a low-voltage licensed contractor or the cabling did not meet fire codes. TELX is licensed in the state of New Jersey for installation of low-voltage cable and all cable we install meets or exceeds fire codes.
Consult with your IT company as to what category type cabling they recommend for your network. In most cases, category 5e should be sufficient. Category 6 is sometimes required and we can provide you with a quote of what the cost difference would be installing category 6 versus category 5e.
TELX recommends installing category 5e cable to support the telephones. Installing this type cable will virtually support any phone system new or old. It also future proofs you if you decide to upgrade or replace your phone system with VoIP technology.
It makes economical sense to have one contractor installing cabling for your data and voice infrastructure.
A typical installation is installing two cables at every desk location. One for the computer and one for the phone. When we do a install, we used 2 port wall jacks that are color-coded. Typically, red is for data and blue is for voice. We also test and label all jacks. We only install UL approved commercial grade cable, jacks and patch panels.
Keep in mind areas that are typically overlooked of where cabling is forgotten for either a phone or computer; kitchen, bathroom, waiting or reception room, conference room, data room, exam rooms, hallways and wireless access points.
Devices like; printers, fax or credit card machines, time clocks, conference phones and door intercoms require cabling.
Consider having cable installed in the floor, especially underneath conference room tables.
From start to finish our company has a reputation of meeting or exceeding customers expectations of their cabling needs. Our relationship begins with a no-cost site survey and free consultation, followed with a quote, typically within one to two days. Since 1986, we have never failed an inspection or missed a deadline of when the phones needs to go live.