Does your business's voice and data cabling look like a home stereo project gone bad? Do you have cabling that has not been installed by a licensed low voltage technician, which in the State of Minnesota can result in fines up to $10,000? Switchback Systems is here to help. With nearly 20 years of experience delivering well designed and tested voice and data cabling solutions, Switchback Systems is ready to help with your next structured cabling project.
Voice and Data Cabling
- CAT5, 5E, 6 and 6E Cabling
- Fiber Optic Cabling
- Interconnect Network Closet Cleanup
- Patch Panels
- Wireless and Wired Access Points
- Gigabit Backbone
- Testing of Cabling Infrastructure
- Cable Management
- Patch Cords
About Our Technicians
- Licensed in the State of Minnesota for Low Voltage
- Average Tenure of 12 Years
- Deep Experience in Telecom and Data Networks
- Bonded and Insured
- Quality of Service Oriented
Switchback Systems is proud to be a Licensed Minnesota Technology Systems Contractor. License #TS00351
Do I Need New Cabling For My New Phone System or Data Network?
We have visited with a number of companies lately who have been advised to re-cable their network and put voice and data traffic on the same cable. In many cases this advice will make sense, and in many it will not. There are some very good reasons to keep voice traffic on separate cabling from your data traffic, and in many cases businesses have very good cabling for voice traffic that will work perfectly with a modern phone system. In addition, keeping that voice traffic on separate cabling while having a phone system that can handle analog, digital and VoIP gives you a layer of redundancy you would not otherwise have.
Many companies are looking for ways to recycle; we believe that if you can use perfectly good existing cable in your building for modernizing your communications systems then that is a great way to go green.
Finally, cabling may not be the answer at all. The best solution may be to go wireless.
Switchback Systems builds long term customer relationships by providing value to our customers and will always recommend what is in the best interest of your business. If you have Switchback do an analysis of your voice and data infrastructure requirements we will take a holistic look at your needs and recommend the best solution.
Who Is Responsible and What Are The Penalties For Using Unlicensed Low Voltage Installers?
The answer might surprise you as both the contractor and the company contracting the work can be fined. As you can see by the two articles linked below, the requirements are detailed and the penalties can be severe. Make sure your contractor is viable and licensed for the safety of you, your employees and your company.
Individual Electrical Licensing or Registration Requirements and Inspection Requirements for the Installation of Technology Systems by Employees of Licensed Electrical Contractors, Technology System Contractors or Registered Employers
Effective Dec. 1, 2007, several changes occurred in the laws and rules regulating the licensing of electricians and the inspection of electrical installations.
The short answer is, it depends, and you might not need cabling at all. Give Switchback a call to discuss your needs in more detail and we will recommend the right cabling for your needs.
Schedule a cabling consultation with Switchback and we will do a free traffic analysis on your wireless network.