Are your switches and routers ensconced in dust? Network devices need to be maintained. Once they are set up, the maintenance can get overlooked until there is a problem. Here are a few tips to keep your network equipment running and avoid unplanned downtime.
Keep the device dust free. Use compressed air to blow out the dust.
The temperature and humidity in the room where the device resides should be kept at the optimal operating range. Temperature should be 64.4° F to 80.6° F with relative humidity less than 60%.
Free up space around the device to promote proper ventilation.
Plug devices into a surge protector instead of a wall jack.
Keep the network devices in a locked room and restrict access.
Maintain support/maintenance contract from manufacturer. This gives you access to patches and firmware updates.