Structured Data Cabling Site Survey Services

Are you planning to upgrade your existing systems or install a brand-new network for your business? ACIS Low Volt National Structured Cabling service offers comprehensive, structured data and cabling site surveys to meet your needs.

What is a Site Survey in Networking?

Site surveys, including wired and wireless networks, are essential to network planning and design. It involves thoroughly inspecting your premises to identify the optimal locations for wireless network access points, equipment rooms, and other critical network infrastructure components.

During a telecom site survey, we examine your current cabling infrastructure, evaluate the capacity of your equipment room, and assess the requirements for additional equipment. This detailed evaluation allows us to tailor a network solution that aligns with your overall business needs and strategy.

Site Surveys

What is Included in a Site Survey?

Our comprehensive site survey process is designed to answer critical questions about your infrastructure and network needs. We consider numerous factors, including:

  • Wireless Coverage: We determine the appropriate locations for network access points to ensure optimal signal strength for your wireless network.

  • MDF and IDF Equipment Room: We assess the existing condition of your equipment room, considering factors like temperature control, humidity control, dust contamination, and floor loading capacity for heavy equipment.

  • Existing Systems: We review your current infrastructure, including backbone cabling, data locations, and other related equipment, and identify any required needs.

As technology evolves, so do your network infrastructure requirements. That’s why our site surveys also consider your future needs and plans. We ensure that the design of your updated structured cabling system and the existing cabling plan accommodates growth as your business expands.

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How to Do an IT Site Survey?

Our team of experienced professionals conducts the site survey in a systematic manner using a top-down approach:

  1. Preparation: We collect all related documents, including site drawings and floor plans, and approach any other relevant information about the site.

  2. On-Site Inspection: We visit your site to inspect the current state of your network infrastructure, identify potential challenges or obstacles, and determine the most appropriate locations for new equipment.

  3. Report Preparation: After the survey, we prepare a detailed site survey document that includes our findings, recommendations for improving your network and cabling infrastructure, and remediation plans.

What Should Be Included in a Site Survey Report?

Our site survey report provides a comprehensive overview of your network’s current state and outlines recommendations for improvements and remediation. The report includes:

  • Details of the existing network infrastructure.

  • Assessment of the equipment room, including temperature and humidity control measures.

  • Recommendations for access point locations and additional equipment.

  • Evaluation of the building’s electrical connections.

  • Suggestions for backbone cabling and other equipment upgrades.

  • A plan for future-proofing your network as your business grows and technology evolves.

Environmental and EMI Considerations

Electronic equipment is exceedingly delicate and requires careful environmental control to function correctly. Precise temperature control is critical to prevent overheating and ensure each component operates within its specified temperature range. Humidity control is crucial, as excessive moisture can cause corrosion and electrical failures. Dust contamination can also compromise electrical equipment’s performance and lifespan, necessitating regular cleaning and maintenance measures.

Minimizing Electromagnetic Interference Impact

Furthermore, all sources of electromagnetic interference (EMI) should be identified. EMI can cause substantial performance issues with electrical devices, including network disturbances and data corruption. Our experienced team can locate and label these sources. Using this information, we can design your network to minimize EMI impact and ensure optimal equipment performance.

Network Devices: The InterConnectors of Your Network

Network devices connect your hardware and the wireless network, enabling smooth communication between users, devices, and applications. These devices include hubs, routers, switches, modems, gateways, repeaters, bridges, and access points.

Network hubs distribute network traffic in unison evenly across multiple devices, whereas routers direct data along the most efficient paths. Switches control data flow only to needed ports across a network, and modems or ISP network Interface devices “NIDs” connect your network remotely to the internet. Gateways act as doorways between the interconnected networks, ensuring data passes.

Firewalls ensure secure traffic and prioritization for adequate traffic flow. Repeaters extend your network’s reach by amplifying the signal. Bridges connect different network segments, facilitating data transfer, and access points provide wireless connections to the network.

These network devices are essential components that tie together all the devices and applications in your organization’s network. You can ensure reliable and efficient network performance that supports your business operations by effectively managing these devices.

What are the Six Components That Should be Included in a Structured Cabling Project?

A structured cabling project should include the following six components:

1. Entrance Facilities: This is where the network interfaces with the outside world.

2. Equipment Room/MDF: This houses the main backbone cabling and serves as the central point for the network.

3. Backbone Cabling: This connects different floors, equipment rooms, and buildings.

4. Horizontal Cabling/IDF: This extends from the telecommunications room to the outlet location.

5. Telecommunications Room/IDF: This houses the termination of the backbone and horizontal cabling.

6. Work Area: Includes all the edge-level hardware connected to the network, such as computers, phones, and other devices.

What Happens in a Site Survey?

During a site survey, our team will visit your premises to evaluate your current infrastructure. We will determine the most efficient remediation plans to implement your new cabling system. We assess the physical layout, environmental factors, and existing systems to provide an accurate site survey. We can then design a network that aligns with your overall business strategy and meets your specific requirements.

Optimize With Site Surveys

The importance of a comprehensive site survey cannot be overstated, regardless of whether you are installing something new or upgrading an existing one. It ensures that your network is designed and installed correctly, reducing potential costly issues down the line while limiting outages due to poorly aligned systems or infrastructure.

Contact ACIS Low Volt Today

Trust ACIS Low Volt for thorough and accurate site surveys to help your business operate smoothly and efficiently. Contact us today to learn more about our site survey services and how they can benefit your business.