Cat 6 Structured Data Cabling Installation & Refurbishment Project
We have been working in Richmond, Surrey, refurbishing and reusing a Category 6 cabling system as part of an office project.
This approach saved over £6K against purchasing a new system.
The previous tenant had cut the Cat 6 cabling at the patch panel when they vacated the building, leaving us with a project to try and make use of the 200 cables that were in a big pile on the floor.
Our first job was to relocate the floor boxes to the correct position - some cables were not long enough to relocate.
We then went round all the floor boxes with our cable identification tool and began the process of numbering everything up both ends.
So we now had all the floor boxes in the correct place and everything identified. Our next job was to pull in the missing cables, or ones that were too short.
The termination of the patch panels came next, followed by a full Fluke Certification test of the entire cabling installation. We identified around 20 existing circuits that fell short of the Cat 6 standard - around 15 of these also failed against Cat 5e or Gigabit ethernet.
The main fault identified was faulty damaged cables near to the floor box end. A day later, all faults were fixed.
The customer was able to reuse the existing cabling system, and save around £6K by avoiding having a completely new system installed.
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