The people in the office always have a "small" or "quick" job for me.
This one was "3 short runs" and to install 3 VoIP phones.
The problem: the rack is on the opposite side of the office, there are no drop ceilings, and the voice and data networks are physically isolated, meaning that 2 runs will need to be made to each desk not one.
The good thing is that there is a pipe chase that runs along the center of the basement, with a grille at the bottom of it, the rack is directly next to this location on one side of the building, and the jacks all need to be installed on a wall directly next to the chase on the other side of the building.
7 runs were pulled (one spare) thru the pipe chase - a small hole was made on the side of the chase by the rack, and a grille was temporarily removed on the opposite side.
|On the far end of the image in the center you can see the rack.|
Straight down the middle of the room is the pipe chase.
|Wiremold brings the wires across the wall behind the desks,|
and everything is topped off with surface mount jacks.
Most of the other jacks in this office were already wired this way (just none were installed on this side of the office yet)
Physically isolating the Voice and Data IP networks is always the best option whenever possible. When it is not possible, then you can connect your voice and data routers to the switch. It is best to turn DHCP off on the phone network's router, and set your phones static IP to that network. But a good alternitive for a small business would be a multi WAN router with multiple internet connections, this can manage all data traffic so that it should use one internet connection, while sending the VoIP traffic on the other internet connection. This is optimal because in the event of a failure of one of the internet connections the failover will automatically move all network traffic over the same internet connection, reducing down time. Many small businesses will not even notice voice quality issues, or loss of data speeds with this set up.