Cable Damage

In our day and age, when many businesses have structured network cabling, cable damage can be a cause of concern. With the evolution of cables and their functions, the growing numbers of components and designations, possibilities for damage are grater.
When discussing cable damage, many questions arise. What are potential causes or cable damage and can they be eliminated or even altogether avoided? What are the potential consequences caused by cable damage? And can they be fixed?
Network cables are made of twisted copper wires (most commonly), and they conduct electrical and data-based currents and carry signals from one end to the other. The twisted wires are shielded by a plastic jacket.
A malfunctioning cable may not always be easy to diagnose. A bent or folded cable will not always affect the signal or cause interference or noise. Cables are designed for the signal to run through complex structure design, around corners, over and through barriers. However, when a cable is bent or folded directly in half, there will be interference in signal quality. This can happen immediately, or over time.
A torn jacket is another type of cable damage that can affect cable performance. Although the jacket is an external coating made to protect the twisted wires, it serves an importance function in protecting the wires and inner core of the cable from harm. The jacket not only holds the interior components of the cable together, but also shields them from a variety of external environmental elements. A tear in the jacket may expose the wires to varying temperatures and other changing elements such as moisture, dust, even animals. These uncontrollable external elements will, without a doubt, have an impact on the cable’s performance.
When a malfunction in a network is detected, first the location and cause need to be pin pointed. The next step is undoubtedly to analyze the damage and decide on a suitable solution.