Keep ethernet cables away from large magnetic fields

If you run your own or your company’s network wires and cables, where you place those cables can have a big impact on the performance of your network. There are electrical items that can cause electromagnetic interference that will wreak havoc on the data traveling through your network wiring. One of the biggest culprits of network interference in the data lines is the motor on an air conditioner. The large air conditioning units in offices are particularly bad. They can produce a huge magnetic field which can disrupt network traffic. Another thing to avoid is the fluorescent lighting fixtures that are prevalent in most offices in the United States. The ballasts in the lights can also disrupt network traffic. If you have to run network cables in the ceiling, it is best to use some type of cable hanger to keep the wiring as far away as possible from these sources of interference. Bridle rings are just one device you can use for this purpose. In our excellent ebook, we outline other ways you can achieve the same result.

Friday, September 26th, 2008 Ethernet