May 20, 2022

Mistakes To Avoid When Using Ethernet

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Switching your home’s or small business’s network connection from Wi-Fi to Ethernet can provide you with several benefits. Since your devices are linked with cables, you no longer need to worry about external interference from the neighbors’ Wi-Fi or physical barriers like furniture. As a result, you can attain higher internet speeds and avoid frequent breakups in the connection. However, there are still some mistakes to avoid when using Ethernet, which we describe here.

Failing To Organize the Cables

Since you are now dependent on cables to keep each network computer connected, you should make sure to organize your cables from the start. Label each so that it is easy for you to come back to them and know where they go. That way, you can more easily carry out troubleshooting when a problem arises and locate the cause of an issue quickly. You’ll also have a simpler time upgrading your setup in the future. This is especially true in a workplace where the number of Ethernet cables can quickly add up with multiple people using computers to complete tasks.

Routing Through Potential Hazards

There is one major factor that can still disrupt your Ethernet – disconnected or damaged cables. You should therefore put your cables through paths that are going to keep them undamaged. Don’t run them near water, areas where there may be electromagnetic interference, or in places that experience extreme heat or cold. The first two hazards can completely disrupt a cable’s ability to carry information between a computer and router. Extreme temperatures can fully stop an Ethernet cable’s functioning as well. Temperature may also affect cable length by shortening the maximum distance you can extend them without seeing signal degradation. Know the threats to your Ethernet and evade them.

Terminating Cables at Improper Lengths

Terminating cables at improper lengths is an additional mistake to avoid when using Ethernet. It applies if you are cutting cables and attaching the connectors on the ends yourself. As alluded to in the previous section, Ethernet cables have a maximum length they can operate at without becoming slower. You should know this measurement for your particular cable type and cut your cable at a length that is less than that. You also don’t want your cable to be too short, otherwise you may restrict the location where you can place your devices. Find the distance from the router to your computer or computers and give yourself a leeway of a few extra inches so the cable doesn’t pull while you are using it.

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