If you ask your cable guy to run computer cabling to different locations in the home or office, he’ll staple the cable to your wall. This looks okay for an apartment with white walls and baseboards, but it can get ugly and messy in a home or office.
In any case, your cable company will not go to the lengths of adding their coax cables inside the walls or ceiling unless you happen to be developing a new commercial building. An electrician (who routinely adds electrical wiring behind walls) can add your computer cabling and jacks anywhere you want. It’s what we do!
There are actually many more reasons why you should ask an electrician to install computer cabling at your home or office.
Create a Data Center Closet at Home
Running a home business? Don’t bother trying to DIY a data center in the corner of the office. You’ll end up with a tangled web of wires and cables.
An organized home network can fit neatly inside of a closet, cabinet, or garage. The next time you need to change anything with the network, you will be glad that you hired an electrician to install computer cabling neatly.
Avoid Interference with Computer Cabling
Electricians know the science of electricity, of course. Computer cabling should not just get bundled with whatever other kinds of wires are involved in your network. Electrical noise, or interference, can seriously disrupt your network performance.
Interference can cause:
- Dropped Internet connections
- Slow data transfer speeds
- Constant resetting
- Problems for Wi-Fi, wireless LAN, Bluetooth, etc.
Your electrician will check the types of wire and cable insulation jackets to ensure that your computer cabling can work reliably and at full speed. Certain kinds of wires should not be run parallel, for example.
Run Dedicated Circuits
Another way to avoid interference—and tripped breakers—is by installing dedicated circuits for desktop computers and networking devices. A licensed electrician should wire dedicated circuits.
At home, you already have a dedicated circuit for the refrigerator and laundry machines. Electrical code requires this for large appliances that would overheat or trip the breaker if located on a circuit with lights and outlets.
The same logic applies to networks and servers that use plenty of power. Ask your electrician to wire your dedicated computer circuits and computer cabling at the same time to save on installation labor costs.
Low-Voltage Computer Cabling
If you are setting up a structured computer cabling system, you probably want to go with low-voltage wiring. Low-voltage provides:
- Reliable power for computer cabling
- Fast and reliable data speeds
- High energy-efficiency
- Reduced risk of overheating and fire hazards
Simply put, a licensed electrician with experience in computer cabling can handle all the tasks associated with setting up or expanding a network. We know how to organize cables, avoid electrical noise, and supply power so you can get the best speeds and performance.