Network Installations Should be CLEAN – and NEAT
I’ve been doing large scale wiring projects for almost 50 years. My first introduction to precision wiring was in my first year college Electronics Fabrication classes. Our instructor was a stickler for precision. If your project didn’t look like the inside of a Tektronix Oscilloscope it didn’t pass. I still own a Tektronix today.
This set the stage for my long and interesting wiring career. Over the years I have wired recording studios, Industrial buildings and more computer networks than I can hope to count.
During the course of my tenure running JBL’s electronics production line I had the good fortune to oversee some assemblers who were NASA trained. Their level of workmanship was an order of magnitude better than all the rest and I learned a lot from them.
And then there is Motown Records. During my time at Motown as a Technical Engineer, I had the good fortune to work side-by-side with wiring women who were also NASA trained. I learned a lot about how to wire something well – and with lasting results. Anything that has to withstand 6-8 Gs needs to be pretty well assembled, right?
This particular patch bay wired in 1978, is famous in some circles for a certain characteristic only aficionados of Bug Rogers might understand.
Following are a couple of Before and After images of some recent work we’ve done. Since October 2017 we’ve been remediating the damage caused by a direct lightning strike on a large facility in Dallas. There was NOT ONE SURGE PROTECTOR in the entire building. The only UPS (battery backup) was in the Telco rack and it was disconnected, with all the equipment plugged into a $2.98 outlet strip. Needless to say, a lot of equipment had to be replaced. There was trash, wads of cable, sheetrock dust and debris of all kinds piled up in the mass of cables back in the corner between racks. It was a mess. No one had taken any interest in cleaning this up for YEARS. There as a decommissioned Dell server and UPS sitting under the network rack. A non-functional Cisco router was still plugged in and fastened to the wall. A lightning damaged Netgear POE switch was still in the rack, powered up and had a cable from the Meraki firewall plugged into it. This switch had been replaced by the UniFi POE switch you see in these photos – but it was still plugged in. The rack shelf for the Meraki firewall was upside down. People who do this for a living are supposed to know better. So far I’ve found only one Cat5 cable that was incorrectly crimped, but I expect to find more. It was actually wired WRONG. This is not rocket science. There is a standard. And cable testers are cheap.
We have replaced dozens of outlet strips with Effective lightning protection. Make no mistake, there is a HUGE (YUGE?) difference between surge protection and lightning protection. Read my blog for recommendations.