Computer networks start with the bare essentials, as do most things. Without one component the rest will not communicate. How do the bits and bytes of information get from one point to the other? Someone has to establish a route between points, which is what I do. I run copper cable or fiber optics between telecommunication rooms in order for the computer network to "talk.".

The first step is to determine which media you need to use. What is the distance between each room that you need to connect? There are codes you need to abide by so that proper communication will take place. If your distance is over three hundred feet you will need to utilize fiber optics. You can calculate the distance with a measuring wheel or other devise in order to determine an accurate distance. Add an additional thirty feet to both ends to account for any mistakes made in termination or possible for moves in the room. .

Once you have decided that fiber optics are the way to go the next question should be what size do you need? This depends on what equipment needs or will need to be connected to the network. Fiber comes in different sizes for different applications, the smallest being two strands, one for transmitting, the other strand for receiving up to multi-hundred pairs. Single-pair fiber would be used to connect a small work area to another; a multi-hundred pair fiber would be used to connect one city to another. .

After the size is determined you must look carefully at the route it will need to take. In order for the fiber not to get damaged it is a good idea to put up a support structure such as hooks or trays before actually pulling in the fiber. .

Conduits are used if there is a need to pass through a wall. You will need to cut a hole in the drywall approximately one-quarter inch larger than the outside diameter of your conduit. Seal the holes in the drywall with caulk so that the conduit will not move in the wall.