When you’re ready to begin a low-voltage cabling project, the installer or contractor you engage could make the project go smoothly, with minimal downtime, business disruption and change orders – or they could make the project a nightmare if they lack certain skills or qualities to make sure your Low-Voltage Cabling infrastructure is designed and installed properly.
Here are a few qualities you should seek when searching for a low-voltage cabling installer. How does your current contractor match up?
A great website and impressive marketing materials don’t necessary mean the installer you have in mind can actually do the job. Ask to see case studies with customer names mentioned, or other examples that reflect the real work they’ve done. Quality installers should be able to refer you to current customers who are happy with their work, and those customers should be willing to give you positive stories about their experiences with the installer.
Training from a third party can ensure that installers have demonstrated sufficient knowledge in the design, implementation, integration and project management of telecommunications and data communications technology and infrastructure. For example, BICSI offers credentials that prepare network infrastructure professionals for achieving efficient, cost-effective, future-ready networks. When an installer invests in third-party training, you can also be sure that they follow the most current standards and best practices for quality and performance.
Understanding your network’s current state, business goals and future desires all play an important part in a new or updated LAN. Your installer shouldn’t rush the process; they should take time to get to know your organization, its need and its current level of IT expertise. Network solutions are available with hundreds of features and functions – which is great if you know how to use them (and plan to use them). But if those features aren’t necessary, or if your IT staff doesn’t know how to use them, then those features and functions may not be necessary. Extra features only drive up your costs, increase network complexity and take up precious space.
By standardizing on a few different types of network devices – not only making sure the devices are from the same manufacturer, but also making sure the same type of switch is being in each instance –will simplify configuration and troubleshooting later. Standardization also makes it easier for you to keep spare components around for quick replacement.
Different than certification or accreditation from a neutral third party, an installer’s accreditation from a manufacturer means it has been handpicked and trained in the design, installation and maintenance of that particular manufacturer’s products. As a result, these installers may also be able to offer lower product pricing and more comprehensive warranties.
Selecting the right installer can make or break your low-voltage project. If you need help finding an installer that meets your needs, and the criteria we talked about here, contact us at http://info.belden.com/lan.
Throughout his career Stephane has worked in the telecommunications industry; in R&D, product management, training and marketing. Since 2014, Stephane as Director Technology and Applications is focusing on technology roadmap and ideation, networking applications and trends, and standards engagement.