I got the request for 5 new data drops for a new system in a warehouse. I was directed to have a vendor come in and run the new data lines from an existing switch. The distance looked fine, but I was skeptical about the distance. I used a measuring wheel to measure the distance. After walking 300ft (100M), I stopped and started measuring to another switch, same problem, it was too far.
Due to the distance, we ordered a switch, cabinet, power outlet and a fiber run. The cost on these data connections went way up due to distance to the closest switch.
If I wouldn’t have measured the distance with a measuring wheel the vendor would have come out and run the data lines (CAT5). The distance would have been around 400ft and they wouldn’t have worked. After finding out that the data lines were too long, I would have had to start the process of ordering a switch, cabinet, power outlet and a fiber run.
By measuring the distance, I was able to install the appropriate equipment in a timely manor. I saved the company time and money.
Always measure your cable runs so you don’t wast time and money having to do them over when they are too long!!!
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