Monday, June 18, 2012

Check the tabs above for the new Before & After page!

I decided to create a before and after page, that can be accessed by clicking the tab at the top of any page. This page is just a quick photo look at some of the jobs that I have completed and documented on this site over the past few years.

Those looking just for comparison photos rather than some more indepth information may find this page more helpful.

Rack patch panel and network install

This was the existing network when I arrived
A wider angle of the network as it existed.
My rack can be seen ready to install on the left side.
The CAT5 wiring was installed by someone else,
I just terminated both ends.
Here is the completion of the termination of the 48 port patch  panel.
The lower panel was already at location and just mounted in new rack. 

Everything still connected to old network jacks.
Tighter view of photo above.
Slack CAT5 rolled neatly into a service loop inside the rack. 
Standing AC placed back into position,
ready to mount router, switches and patch cords.

Routers and switches mounted, and all 1 foot patch cords installed.
Modem placed above rack.
Patch cords that go down on the sides go to network equiptment below,
 such as the server on the right.

This is a network that I installed everything minus the wiring. The customer had already had someone place the wiring. I was tasked with terminating 36 jacks (4 per location at 9 locations), installing the rack and patch panel, mounting the network hardware, and testing and labeling everything. 

Usually I use longer patch cords and run them across the front and down the sides, but in this instance 1 foot patch cords were sufficient to get the job completed neatly.

I would not normally place the network equipment so close to each other on the rack - I would have them spaced out, but the switch in between the top switch and bottom router  did not have the rack mount hardware with it, and it was the customers existing equipment. The fact that the customer has a standing air conditioner unit directly next to the rack eases my concerns over heat dissipation, so in this instance the proximity of the network equipment to each other should not become an issue.

Another 12 port network

All the wiring was surface run. Wires were mounted to the wall with ty-wraps that have screw holes in them (staples are not a good means to mount data cable).

12 port patch panel has 10 runs to 5 double CAT5 surface mount biscuit jacks and 2 runs from this segment of the network down to the basement where the main network is located. Two runs were made from this segment of the network to the main router/switch because the length (this is located on the 3rd floor) as well as if they ever decide to have 2 physically separated networks for the VoIP phones and PCs.

16 port switch, connected with the 12 port panel with 1 foot patch cords.

The reason for the CAT5 cabling coming past the panel and then back is to allow extra wire for any future repairs of the terminations.