What are Network Cable Installation Guidelines?
Network cabling enables the smooth transmission of data and voice signals
throughout the network.
They are the most preferred cabling system due to their organized structure,
high scalability, flexibility, and easy resolution of any issues.
It is necessary to understand cable construction, characteristics, and ratings to
understand the working of the cable systems.
The key factors to consider before choosing a network cabling systems include
the service conditions, type of load served, mode of operation and maintenance,
and the like.
Essential Factors to Consider for Network Cable Installation:
Cable installation: Cables can be used for outdoor or indoor installations
depending upon the distribution system and the load served. A good
understanding of local conditions, installation crews, and maintenance
personnel is essential to assure that the selected cable system will operate
satisfactorily. Designs of conduit systems not only should minimize the number
of conduit bends and distance between manholes but should specify the pulling
Cable construction: Selection and application of cable involves the type of cable
construction needed for a particular installation. Cable construction involves
conductors, cable arrangement, and insulation, and finish covering. Shielded
single conductors carry high shield currents, and consideration must be given to
preventing overheating of the cable.
Cable operation: The insulation of the cable must be able to withstand the
voltage stresses experienced during normal and abnormal operating conditions.
Therefore, the selection of the cable insulation should be made on the basis of
the applicable phase-to-phase voltage and the general system category which
are classified into 133%, 100%, or 173% insulation levels.
Cable size: The selection of the cable size is based on the following factors:
• Current carrying capacity
• Voltage regulation
• Short circuit rating
Overlooking voltage regu