Posted by Laurence Marchini
The the recent flooding in the UK and elsewhere is an inevitable consequence of global warming (and I don’t want to get into that argument here) then we will all be needing to heed some timely advice from networking specialist Wadsworth.
Lest we forget, ordinary insulated cables, whether carrying power or network signals, are not impermeable. And any cable subjected to immersion for any significant period of time can easily be compromised by water ingress. And the problem will be magnified if the termination of a cable - such as a wall outlet or network socket - is similarly immersed.
Expensive equipment saved from rising floodwater can just as easily be rendered inoperable by plugging it into damaged network infrastructure once the waters have receded. “We are concerned that many companies will simply ignore flood damage to the cabling infrastructure because it is not visible”, says Wadsworth Marketing Manager Paul Miller.
Miller’s advice is to thoroughly test all infrastructure before recommissioning, replace any terminations that have been exposed, and retest the system at six-week intervals to check for long-term damage.
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