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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

What is Power Over Ethernet?

Posted by Samantha Bante on Jul 31, 2018 10:00:00 AM

You have probably heard of Power over Ethernet or (PoE). This is a technology that allows networking cables to carry electrical power. They supply electricity to networking, AV, and computers that are powered by ethernet cables. Also, can reduce the number of materials needed because they combine data and power into one single cable. 

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Topics: ethernet, networking, IT, network

Common Causes of Electrical Fires

Posted by Samantha Bante on Jul 24, 2018 9:00:00 AM

As a business or residential owner the last thing that you need is an electrical fire. Yet, these are common in older buildings and can be severely dangerous. With fall and winter months just around the corner, we are at great risk of electrical fires from increased usage of lights and heaters. To make sure you are prepared, view the top causes of electrical fires below:

 

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

Future of Fiber Optic Cable

Posted by Samantha Bante on Jul 12, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Fiber optic cable continue to integrate and revolutionize the spectrum of the cable capabilities in varying industries and will continue to trend forward. Although most understand standard copper cable more, fiber is the cleanest and faster for transmitting communication and data signals. It also can offer the highest capacity of connection for any network.

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Topics: Fiber Optic, Fiber, Fiber Optic Cable, Fiber Optics Assemblies, Low Voltage Cables

Importance of Reestablishing Fiber Connections Effectively

Posted by Samantha Bante on Jun 18, 2018 4:48:29 PM

Fiber Optic cables offer a business many benefits for safe, fast installations with higher bandwidth frequencies. Fiber optic cables provide extreme pull tensions up to 600 lbs and a bend radius equal to coax cables. 

If loss of fiber does occur it can result in disrupted communications and negative effects to local businesses. Review the steps below in order to repair any tainted connections quickly and effectively.

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

HDMI Vs. Optical Audio Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on May 25, 2018 1:30:00 PM

When installing new home entertainment centers, sound bar or audio equipment it comes down to two main choices: HDMI or optical audio cables. These cables will both pass digital audio signals and multi-channel audio between devices.

So how do you know which to choose for proper installation and signal transmission?

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Topics: Optical audio cables, HDMI Cables, HDMI Cable, HDMI, 4K, Audio cables, line level audio, entertainment centers, home theaters

Beginner's Guide: Audio Cables 101

Posted by Samantha Bante on May 14, 2018 10:00:00 AM

When it comes to audio cables recording the right types of sound depends on what cables are chosen during the installation process. In order to recognize the right cables to use, it's important to understand the makeup and design of audio cables. Let's begin...

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Topics: Audio cables, Low Voltage Cables, speaker cables, line level audio

Different Types of Coax Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on Apr 23, 2018 9:00:00 AM

If you are familiar with low voltage cables in anyway, you have heard of coaxial cable before and the cable's impedance. Two of the most commonly used that we will discuss more in this article are 50 ohm and 75 ohm and the shielding that is most commonly seen within them.

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Topics: coax cable, impendance, pre-terminated 50 ohm assemblies, 50 ohm assemblies, coaxial cables, Low Voltage Cables, bulk cable

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