Health Care Staffing Office:
set the server and networking infrastructure up in a compact foot print. Office did not have a server room or server closet.
Prior IT guy cut the networking infrastructure wires and then had to add switches to re-connect everything. Why he cut the wires? I am not sure… that is part of the reason I believe they brought me in. I removed the switches and installed patch panels. Before if the power went out the entire network in this office went down. This way we only needed UPS’s in the server closet to keep everything running. All user devices were laptops. First three are before and last is the after.
Ps. Nice touch with the switches installed but not used… and the switch hanging from the network wiring… What? Who does that? (if your “IT Pro” does something like that then there is no telling what they are doing that you cannot see… can them and hire me!)
More of this client’s woes… the server closet was a disaster. Cables running all over the walls and very few of them had any slack. It did not help that when the prior IT guy upgraded infrastructure, he did not remove any of the old infrastructure. There were layers upon layers of old phone wiring, network wiring, cable wiring, etc… I did the best I could in bringing them to a workable and manageable platform. Here are the befores:
Here are some shots while cleanup still in progress:
Here is a shot of the wiring their tile guy and different IT guy left…
what a hazard and so un-cool. This was an office nook. I had to use a Dremel on the tile so I could mount the new face plates correctly and use some extra long screws! I found some color matching face plates for the phone and electrical. When I was done, it looked PRO! (forgot to take a after photo… argh!)
Autobody shop in Vacaville-CA:
New server, UPS, and cabinet installed. I forgot to take some before shots. Wires all over the floor and tangled in a mess. No track to conceal and protect wiring. Everything peer to peer and nothing worked well. Nothing had been patched in months. All kinds of extra software installed and not used. The owner was ecstatic when I was done and the employees were really happy that everything worked better and faster with the new server hosting their estimating software rather than the reception workstation.
Restaurant, Sacramento, CA:
I recently worked on installing and cleaning up infrastructure for a restaurant in Sacrament-CA. The project was so large and extensive, we broke it up into four phases. Then added a fifth. They closed due to COVID before we finished the last phase.
Phase 1: Main Office-
Here is a picture of the network infrastructure wiring, all neat and pretty-
Phase 2: Main Dining Room and server stations-
Here is a picture of one of the server stations before-
Here are some after photos of the server stations-
In the end I installed a black cover over the UPS above. Looks nice under the counter where no one notices it… Below, I enclosed the UPS in a box behind the QSR station and you can’t see the wiring. Nice and clean.
Here are some pictures of the kitchen corner before-
Here are some pictures of the kitchen window before-
cables running everywhere and draped all over everything. It was a real mess.
I really think the wiring draped from the ceiling is a nice touch-
Here is the kitchen island fed from that draped cable… what a disaster. The power is an issue there as well. Everything duct taped together and sticky as well as the grease. Yuck.
Here are the after shots. I think you get the picture 😉
Kitchen wall all cleaned up and wiring in conduit. New battery backup for QSR station and very little exposed wiring.
Kitchen island all cleaned up. Power brought from the bottom, data brought from the ceiling. I think that turned out fantastic! Again, very little exposed wiring. You can see the kitchen window in the back ground too, way improved.
Kitchen window and corner area. Brought data from above and ran power from the UPS below the printer. As little exposure as possible The electrical you do see is for their refrigeration. This was a tremendous amount of detail work and a lot of pulling wire. Not sure they appreciate or understand the complexity and time it took… Let alone the fact that all work had to be performed between 9:30pm and 2am.
This is some under counter wiring I found at a recycling company in San Leandro, CA. The wiring was strewn all over the floor in a tangled mess before I cleaned it up and installed some temporary infrastructure. It is in much better condition now for that constricted space. At least everything is not lying on the floor!
I’ve updated it since then… pictures coming soon!
Here is a law firm’s set-up:
Here is a server in the copier room with a UPS stacked on top. Not my design (prior IT guy). I had to set up a temporary work desk with the reams of paper they kept there. I tried to convince them to move this and set up something a little more professional but the owner would not listen to me. Ended up moving on from them. What good is having an IT consultant if you are not going to take his advice?
Bridge Cities Offices (2016):
Here was my office network set up. I should have painted but the wiring is neat and nice!