Best Practice 5: Choose the Right Cables
Unlike the electronics used in network infrastructures that have to be upgraded every couple of years, your cable infrastructure is designed to last at least 10 years to accommodate three to four generations of electronics. For this reason, it is best to opt for high-performance cables that can handle the increasing need for speed and high-volume data transfers. High-performance cables also promote energy efficiency and have a long lifespan, which means fewer cables will be abandoned in the future. Abandoned cables not only mean excessive waste, but if left in conduits, they block airflow, resulting in increased heating and cooling costs.
Since all manufactures must adhere to the same cabling system standards, make your purchase decisions based on standards and not marketing hype. Consider the features and benefits that will best suit your needs. Also, purchase cable direct instead of purchasing cable through a multi-tier distribution channel to avoid unnecessary markups.
Building a network infrastructure for video surveillance takes preparedness, a keen eye to standards, open protocols and future thinking cabling and other connectivity. Done right, it’s an investment that is sure to pay off long term for the end user.