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3 BIG Reasons For Network Communications Interference In Your Office

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From the phone lines to the connected network of computers and other hardware, there is a lot of space for something to go wrong in a business office setting where communications is concerned. If your primary line of data transfer and voice are coming from the same service provider, there can be times when the two lines of connection seem to interfere with one another and have problems. While in most cases the problem will boil down to the cabling infrastructure or the general setup of the exterior lines, there can be other issues at play as well. Take a look for these three big reasons for network communications interference in the workplace. 

Check your primary connection lines. 

Those lines that connect your main router or network devices to the internet and patch jack, most often referred to as phone lines or just cables, are usually referred to in the cabling industry as CAT lines. These lines often hang around for a lot of years even though the incoming data speeds and communications processes change. Even though the lines you have in place may look new, if they have not been updated in several years, it can create interference problems with your connections.  

Take note of the time of day when you have the most problems. 

In some cases, your office may only experience connection interference problems at certain points through the day or night. If you seem to see a pattern of when outages or interference is occurring the most, jot it down and start keeping a running log at the office. By using your notes, a cable infrastructuring technician may be able to track down the problem. Intermittent problems can happen with dated setups particularly when network traffic in a certain area is at its highest. 

Clear the patch area of electronic devices. 

Many electronic devices emit radio waves through the air that are invisible to people but are a cumbersome stumbling block for wireless network connections. It is always a good idea to keep your primary patching interface or device free from other electronics that could be creating interference problems. A few examples would include things like printers with a wireless interface, wireless phones, and even a microwave. 

By educating yourself a bit about common interference problems in your office, you will be better equipped to handle situations when they arise. For more advice, contact your service provider or talk to a cabling infrastructure service in your area, such as Office Telesystems, LLC