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Benefits of an AV/IP Systems

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Jan 31, 2019 10:00:00 AM
AV/IP stands for Audio-Visual over Internet Protocol. This translates to the communication of AV over an Internet, LAN or WAN network. It’s replacing traditional circuit-based AV infrastructures with packet-based Internet-Protocol or IP-based streaming infrastructures, while preserving the very best image and sound quality over greater distances. It differs from the existing AV systems because it streamlines the infrastructure.  In this article we will be going over the benefits of switching to an AV/IP system has they begin to merge into one. 
 
 
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Topics: AV/IP Systems, ethernet, IT Systems, Category 5e, Category 6 Cable, Category 6A Cable, AV

Different Types of Network Cable Products

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Jan 15, 2019 1:59:46 PM
When installing or looking to update any cable system it is important to understand what is being used to simplify the project. With the launch of a new line of branded West Penn Wire networking accessories, it's important to understand the basics of cabling within a networking system or infrastructure.
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Topics: network, networking, accessories, Connector, Category Cable

Top 5 Most-Read Blog Posts of 2018

Posted by Samantha Bante on Dec 18, 2018 10:00:00 AM

This year marks the first year that West Penn Wire published blog posts on a regular basis, a total of 20 blogs this year ranging from basic cable information to systems with greater detail.

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Topics: Copper Cable, Armored Fiber Optics, Fiber Optic Cable, Category 6A Cable, Category Cable, fire alarm, fire alarm systems, fire detection systems, Fiber Optic, Fiber Optics

Twisted Pairs Vs. Braided Cables

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Dec 12, 2018 10:00:00 AM
There are many different types of cables, designs and purposes. In this article, we will be breaking down the comparison between twisted pairs and braided (coax) cables and how they provide connections and how they are different for a network. Data or information, is essentially carried through cables and connectors to provide the proper connection. Each cable has different features and reduce that possibly for interference. 
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Topics: coax cable, network, networking

Differences Between Wire and Cable

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Dec 5, 2018 3:00:00 PM
Although wire and cable are referred to as the same thing, they are different with separate characteristics. Both wire and cable are used in the communication and security world, and are designed to carry a message from one point to another. So what are the differences between the two?
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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, coaxial cables, Fiber Optic, cable construction

Benefits of LED Lighting

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Nov 16, 2018 1:00:00 PM

 LEDs have become increasingly popular and it's easy to see why since they offer many benefits over traditional lighting. They have greater lifespans, use less energy, safer alternatives and much more! The following are seven advantages to consider when switching to LED lighting:

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, LED Cables, Lighting, LED Lighting

Category Cable Comparison: Cat 5 vs. Cat 6 vs. Cat 7

Posted by Samantha Bante on Oct 31, 2018 1:10:00 PM

Category cable or, Networking cable, is essential for networking or multimedia installations in projects such as higher education, government, corporate, conference rooms, healthcare, houses of worship, digital signage, hospitality and large venue applications. This article will go over the most common and different types of category cables.

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Topics: Category 6A Cable, Cat7, Category Cable, Category 7 Cable, Category 5e, networking, Low Voltage Cables

Category 6 Vs. Fiber Optic Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on Oct 1, 2018 10:00:00 AM

There has been a big change in the AV industry from the standard coax cables to networking cable solutions, known as category cables. Although Category 5 cables are still heavily used, many growing businesses are looking into faster solutions with Cat 6, Cat 6A Cat 7 and Fiber Optic cabling.

In this article, we will compare the differences between Cat 6, Cat 6A and Fiber Optic cable so that you can best decide what will suit your customers and business in the evolving AV industry.

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Topics: Category 6A Cable, Category Cable, Fiber, Fiber Optics, Fiber Optic Cable

6 Different Types of Fire Alarm Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on Sep 13, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Fire alarm systems are very important for any business, school, facility, home and much more. They protect us when alerts arise and deliver notification of potential threat and harm. In previous blogs, we have discussed how fire detection systems work and the differences between conventional vs. addressable fire alarm systems.

Today, we will go over the different types of fire alarm cables with both power limited and non-power limited fire alarm cables. So, let's begin... 

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Topics: fire alarm systems, fire alarm, fire alarm cables, Low Voltage Cables

Understanding Fiber Optic Wavelengths

Posted by Samantha Bante on Aug 10, 2018 3:34:21 PM

Fiber optic cables have many advantages over traditional copper cables to help with ease of installation. When fiber optic cabling is discussed other terms such as attenuation rates and wavelengths are mentioned to understand how light effectively transmits through the cable. 

We examined discussed in length about fiber optics in previous blog posts, but in this particular article, we will dig deeper into wavelengths and how they affect the strength of the fibers.

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Topics: Fiber Optic, Fiber, Fiber Optic Cable, Fiber Optic Connector, Low Voltage Cables

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