The Challenges Security Installers Face When Handling Networked...

The Challenges Security Installers Face When Handling Networked Security Cabling

Enterprise Networking Mag | Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Numerous businesses suffer from various network security issues without understanding it. Worse yet, when these issues are left unresolved, they can create opportunities for attackers to breach a company's security infrastructure, steal data, and generally wreak chaos.

FREMONT, CA: Network management encompasses many different areas, including performance management, identifying faults, providing networks, and maintaining service quality. As network size and complexity grow by introducing new technologies, network managers face new challenges. The following are some of the difficulties that security installers encounter when dealing with networked security cabling.

Hardware failure: Signal loss or attenuation occurs when cables connecting different parts of a network unravel at the ends, become too tightly bent in cable trays, become crushed, or are impacted by RFI or EMI. This is complicated further because problems may not manifest themselves until network loads reach a certain level.

Additionally, shorts emerge when the wire conductor contact another conductive surface, altering the signal's path and preventing it from reaching the loop's receiving end. Cable testers look for cut cables, improper cable connections, cable shorts, EMI, and RFI interference. Technicians pay close attention to connectors; they are more complicated than they appear. Connectors may be poorly constructed, or water may enter RJ45 plugs and short the positive and negative pins – the technicians notice a distinctive black stain on the plug. If the event occurred recently, they could also smell it.

Poor connectivity: Connectivity issues between one or more devices in a network occur as a result of a configuration change or as a result of a connectivity component malfunctioning, such as a hub, a router, or a switch. When things stop working after the security installer introduced new software or hardware components, this is a giveaway. It becomes more convoluted as the network grows more extensive, and on genuinely massive networks, there will be points of possible failure unrelated to the security installer. As a result, they maintain orderly security subnets and ensure that the monitoring end has some management capability.

Software malfunction: Additionally, there could be excessive network collisions resulting in slow connectivity. The issue may arise due to an incorrect network configuration/plan, a user transferring a large amount of data, heavy traffic in a growing business, or a jabbering network card stuck in transmit mode. The primary source of contention in network cabling is software. Typically, problems are traced back to DNS configuration, WINS configuration, IP address configuration, and registry issues. Configuration issues are a justifiable source of pain. In the worst-case scenario, the individual needs to bring in network personnel to straighten things out. While some issues will be complex, others will be straightforward, such as duplicate IP addresses, which occur when two machines are inadvertently configured to share the same IP address. As a result, communication is always intermittent – half the time, it is flawless, the other half is slow or interrupted.

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