West Penn Wire Blog

What is an Access Control System?

Posted by Samantha Bante on Nov 7, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Access Control Systems can contain a variety of techniques and methods for controlling permission of certain areas within a facility. By installing an Access Control System, companies can monitor and restrict access points to buildings and rooms for added security.

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Topics: Access Control, Access, CCTV, Control Systems

What is Chroma Subsampling?

Posted by Samantha Bante on Oct 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In previous blog posts we have discussed 4K resolutions, what it does for images on a screen, as well HDMI Cables. But, one important component to understand is what defines the details of the image, Chroma Subsampling. Chroma Subsampling can definitely be a difficult topic to understand, but this post will explain what it is and how it could affect the images on your screen. 

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Topics: 4K Resolution, 4K, 4:4:4, 4:2:2, 4:2:0, Chroma Subsampling

Understanding 4K and HDMI Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on Oct 17, 2017 2:00:00 PM

4K technology is quickly and seamlessly taking over the digital landscape. It is not being used in TVs, television production, computer monitors, projectors, etc. With this rise in resolution, it's becoming important to understand what 4K is and all of its accompanying features to make sure you are enjoying your images to their fullest potential.

In this post we are going to explain a little bit about what 4K is, what HDMI cables are and which ones may be right for you. Let's begin:

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Topics: 4K Resolution, HDMI, 4K, HDMI Cable, HDMI Cables

Fiber Optic Connectors and Termination Videos

Posted by Samantha Bante on Sep 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Fiber Optic connectors are definitely distinctive compared to the traditional copper cable connectors. Instead of the metal-to-metal contact, fiber optic connectors need to align microscopic glass fibers in order for the communication data to carry efficiently. 

Each connector contains three key components: Ferrule, Connector Body and Coupling Mechanism.

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Topics: Fiber Optic Connector, Fiber Optic, Connector

Environmentally Friendly: Halogen-Free Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on Sep 12, 2017 3:30:00 PM

With so many companies taking the "green" initiative to improve the distribution of toxic chemicals being dispersed into the environment, organizations are finding new ways to improve consumer safety and environmental factors. Although the demand has risen in recent years, the awareness of cable alternatives is moving rapidly towards alternatives such as Low Smoke, Halogen-Free cables in communication and security applications.

What are Halogens? and why are they dangerous?

Pretty simple. Halogens are found in a variety of various components. For example: flame retardants, building insulations, polyurethane foam and cables. These compounds use chlorine or fluorine and are commonly found in jacketing materials including PVC and CSPE.

When these components are burned they emit toxic fumes into the environment and have the potential to create acid when combined with moisture to create problems for people and industrial environments who have exposure to these elements.

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, Halogen Free, Low smoke, Envionmentally Friendly

Why choose Armored Fiber?

Posted by Samantha Bante on Sep 8, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Last month we compared Fiber Optics to traditional Copper Cables and the differences between the two in regards to data transmission. Within the Fiber Optic product line, Armored Fiber Optics is an option for businesses that require installation within rigid environments.

Armored Fiber Optic Cable can be utilized for: telecommunication, high bandwidth data, video signaling, long-distance CCTV, communication between fire alarm panels, and much more.

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Topics: Fiber Optics, Armored Fiber Optics

Single-Mode Vs. Multi-Mode Fiber Optic Cable

Posted by Samantha Bante on Aug 21, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Fiber Optic Technology offers numerous benefits compared to traditional Copper Cable. In order to understand the benefits, it is pertinent to knowing the differences between these Fiber Optic Cables and essentially, how they could help or harm the data transmission for your business.

The following article will explain the differences between both single-mode and multi-mode Fiber Optic Cables and how they can be utilized to improve bandwidth and signal communication.

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Topics: Fiber Optic Cable, Fiber, Signal Management, Single-mode, Multi-Mode

Advantages of Fiber Optics Cables vs. Copper Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on Aug 3, 2017 10:21:00 AM

This week we are looking to determine what factors need to be taken into consideration when choosing Fiber Optics Cables over low-voltage Copper Cables. There are so many benefits. Keep reading to find out more....

First things first... How does it work?

Fiber Optic Cable are composed of fine hair-like glass fibers and messages are transmitted by sending light beams down the thin strands of glass through a shielded cable. Fiber Optics Cables are comprised of three main areas:

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Topics: Fiber Optics Assemblies, Fiber Optic Cable, Fiber Optics, Copper Cable

Let's Compare: Category 6A Vs. Category 7 Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on Jul 18, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Last week our blog post discussed the release of Category 7 Cable. This week we are looking to discuss what factors need to be taken into consideration when choosing Category 7 Cable, and how it compares to the popular Category 6A Cables. 

Understanding what connections you are looking for can help determine which cables will provide your project with the right connection and bandwidth.

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, Category 7 Cable, Category 6A Cable

Category 7- Greater connection for great bandwidth

Posted by Samantha Bante on Jul 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM

You requested. We've delivered. 

West Penn Wire has recently expanded our already extensive Category Cable breadth to now include Category 7 S/FTP Twisted Pair cables.

Category 7 cables help to meet the demand for the growing presence of IP access points and networking security applications exceeding speeds of 10 Gigabits networking (10G) bandwidths of up to 600 MHz.

 

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, Category 7 Cable, Category Cable, Cat7, New product