Is your cabling up to scratch ?
In many small businesses the office computer network is often a
neglected part of the IT system. During our years of
troubleshooting IT issues we have found that many problems can be
traced back to dodgy wiring and bad connections. Other problems
occur from having residential grade routers and faulty switches.
Too often we see customers use homemade patch cables draped along
walls and poked through ceilings; equipment can be left lying loose
sitting on top of filing cabinets or under the desk.
If your business is suffering from mysterious and intermittent
drops outs or crashes when using systems such as MYOB or
Quickbooks, then poor cabling may be the cause.
Our recommendations for reliable performance include:
- Always use manufactured patch cables, never use homemade
- Always have proper terminating plates at each desk and
proper patch panels at the switch end.
- Avoid draping cables up or along walls.
Gigabit or not to Gigabit ?
Today, upgrading to Gigabit speeds on the local network is one of
the simplest and lowest cost methods of improving performance when
accessing information on the server. This technology runs up
to 10 times faster than the 100 Mbit/s speeds, which are the common
default standard. Most computers these days are equipped with
Gigabit adapters. To take advantage of these speeds you will need
up-to- date cabling called Category 5e cabling or 6e and switches
that support the higher speeds.
What about Wireless ?
We also see numerous problems from Wireless networks. Although
wireless networks are great for occasional use for Internet
browsing and printing, they are simply not suitable for use when
accessing systems such as MYOB or Quickbooks or your application
where this is run from the server. Wireless networks are slower
than cable networks and are subject to interference from microwave
ovens, two way radios and other wireless networks in the
What is all that other stuff ?
If you are running a business then you will need to install
professional quality networking equipment. Many small
business use residential grade equipment which will often
fail to perform at the level of throughput required in a business
situation. At Bay City Computers we use and recommend Cisco
Small Business Range.