The causes and effects of damaged data cables

The causes and effects of damaged data cables

In today’s digitized world, data cabling holds a crucial position in keeping network connectivity intact, thereby making the offices and businesses perform efficiently in their respective domains. But cables are just worldly things that can’t manage to remain faultless for eternity.

Certain factors result in the decay of cables sooner or later. But often, we can’t recognize when the decaying process starts. When there are convenient ways to replace a damaged cable, the ability to discover signs about a possible issue will be beneficial in solving the problem in time.

The following are several signs of damaged data cables –

Connection loss:

Suppose you plug your data cable into the Ethernet adapter, and the light doesn’t turn on. This signifies that there’s a problem either with your cable or with your adapter. An error message about failed network connectivity will pop up within your operating system when your cord is damaged or incorrect.

Performance issues:

Inconsistent and inefficient performance can indicate potential damage within the cable.

Slow connection:

Getting slow network connectivity while using a data cable is another potential warning that your data cable needs a proper diagnosis. In this case, the connection on your single network device may keep dropping in and out or may be inconsistent.

Image loss:

Another potent sign of detecting a data cabling issue is when the device which is connected to the subject data cable loses its image quality or produces poor quality images.

Maneuvering or Wiggling:

When your cable gets damaged, maneuvering or wiggling will lead to better or worse connectivity. Although wiggling or twisting is not a recommendable thing to do with your data cable, doing so will give you a solid sign that there is some underlying issue.

Causes and effects of damaged cables

Disorganization or Insulation:

Disorganization might happen when you depend on multiple cabling companies or IT services. On the other hand, compromised insulation integrity of the conductors can lead to insulation damage. Both of these factors lead your data cables towards potential damage caused by bending, conductor strand breakage, or abrasion. Damaged cables caused by disorganization or issues with insulation may lead you towards possible unnecessary expenses.

Electrical overload:

When your data cable undergoes an electrical overload, it causes excessive heating. And overheating beyond its endurance level can consequently damage the cable.

Aging or Overheating:

The aging process makes a material lose its efficiency gradually with time. It can further lead your data cable towards embrittlement, cracking, withering, and failure of cable sheaths. Besides, aging can also be a potential cause of the material’s overheating. And with that, the cable goes below the operating conditions it’s designed for and consequently starts deteriorating, which will affect the performance level of your device.

Mismatched Components:

Mismatching of network cabling components is caused by having various installers for your cabling network. Multiple installers can create inconsistent end-to-end structures.

It is recommendable that an office should have one single professional IT network company to handle all of their network cabling infrastructure. This is so that it doesn’t fall prey to such mismatching of networking components leading to considerable damage, thereby creating costly network challenges.

Shielding Loss:

Due to electromagnetic interference, the shield or jacket of the data cables can be affected and damaged. Exposing the cables to oils and chemicals or extreme temperatures cause the shield to break or decay. This might cause the loss of your valuable resources.

When data cables are a vital component in causing your cabling network to work efficiently, it’s imperative to keep them safe from external factors that might inflict any damage to them.

Since it is transparent that most of the issues are caused by technical inconsistencies, it is recommendable to hire an efficient, professional IT networking company. This will keep the whole networking system of your office or business on track.

Massimo DeRocchis

My life has been surrounded with computers since I was a child, from my first job as a Computer Assembly Assistant to the current ownership of Priority Networks, a dental focused networking company. Starting with an Apple computer connecting to other networks when I was only 13 years old, I quickly knew this passion would lead to bigger ventures. As the internet started to evolve, I immediately worked for an Internet Service Provider (ISP). This gave me insight to the power of worldwide internet communications and the capabilities of sharing data across multiple networks simultaneously. The dedication towards this field has given me the advantage of understanding new technologies and grasping complicated issues quickly from software, hardware, networking, security, management and much more. As a Computer Network Manager for Tesma International, a division of Magna International, I gained the experience of becoming a qualified NAI Network Sniffer, EDI Communications Specialist, Head Securities Manager, MRP Manufacturing Integration Manager, and received several enhanced managerial and technological training courses. Moving forward to today, I apply all my knowledge, training and years of solid network experience to deliver the very best support to all my customers at Priority Networks.