The Craziest IT Closets and Wire Runs Integrators Have Seen

These IT closets, AV rooms and wire runs are beyond chaotic. Have you ever seen spaces like these at your jobs? We certainly hope not.

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The Craziest IT Closets and Wire Runs Integrators Have Seen
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Editor’s Note: This post, focusing on the craziest IT closets and wire runs integrators have seen, originally appeared on June 3, 2020. We updated it on September 29, 2023.

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Ahh, the old IT closet. What could be more banal? But if you don’t think AV racks and wiring can be thrilling, check your pulse after looking at some of these.

Most of these examples of awful IT closets, AV rooms and wire runs strike us as prime examples of a “takeover job.”

You know the type: your integration firm is brought in to fix a faulty installation or finish the work another firm wasn’t able to effectively complete.

You make your way to the back room where the AV cabling is terminated and — well — it’s a horrifying mess.

How do these excruciatingly bad AV cabling jobs happen? Sometimes, it’s the customer’s “I don’t want to spend that kind of money on a rack; can’t we pick something up from Home Depot?” mentality.

Or (if the integrator didn’t sell a maintenance package with a recurring revenue model) perhaps the site’s IT director got a little lazy with the cable organization. One thing led to another, and a year or so later, everything is in disarray.

Sometimes, the problem isn’t just the wiring. The programming, usability and reliability too of these chaotic job sites are usually out of order, too.

Commercial integrators know shoddy AV wiring and inconsiderate cabling aren’t limited to the commercial world, either. Our sister site, CE Pro, also published their own version of the most chilling AV cabling messes in the residential market.

Whatever the scenario, a lot can be gleaned from these photographs. Perhaps integrators should take up the motto, “if it’s not perfect, it’s wrong!” in order to prevent caustic cabling like these examples from happening again.

After all, as any “takeover job” technician knows: it’s not a victimless crime!

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  • From My Experience says:

    How do IT closets end up like this? The powers that be refuse to hire enough staff, or adequate equipment to address workload that would allow the time required to keep things tidy and maintained. IT pro’s won’t work 16 hour days for 8 hours pay, easier and less stressful to find another position somewhere else. I have seen businesses in the past 20+ years in IT where IT management staff outnumbers the actual technical staff that knows and touches all of this hardware, some with as few as 1 hands on IT technical position per 200 users. Under-staffing forces and perpetuates a reactive firefighter fighting fires type of environment, never allowing the ability to become proactive or plan to do things that prevent issues later.

  • Warren Wilbratte says:

    Yes. I have seen worst in the Bell South and AT&T central offices I’ve worked in.

  • skeets says:

    I take it you have never been in an AT&T micro wave repeater or old time Bell office !

  • OverWorked ITGuy says:

    1 per 200 users? Try 2 per 4500+ students, over 100 faculty and over 100 staff. Multiply that by the 10 other colleges at this university…

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