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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

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

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

Top 3 Most-Read West Penn Wire Blogs of 2017

Posted by Samantha Bante on Dec 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This year is the first time West Penn Wire had a dedicated product knowledge blog displaying products, relative information and documents to help any customer understand West Penn Wire's popular products. 

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

Fiber Optic Cable Basics- Cable Construction

Posted by Samantha Bante on Dec 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Fiber optic cable has the ability to provide any business with safe, fast installations with higher bandwidth frequencies. In order to understand what fiber optic cable can do for your business or home, it's important to understand the basic construction.

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Topics: Fiber, Fiber Optic Cable, cable construction, Fiber Optic

Field Terminated Vs. Pre-Terminated Fiber Optic Assemblies

Posted by Samantha Bante on Dec 6, 2017 2:08:40 PM

With the recent surge of fiber optics within the market in the past few years, it is imperative that any upcoming projects have the right fiber optic cables, assemblies and the best termination method. While there are many options with which fiber optic cables and connectors to choose from, there are really only two major termination solutions: field terminated and pre-terminated. This post is going to break down what the difference between these terminations styles, the advantages and disadvantages, so you can have the best solution for your business and technicians.

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Topics: Fiber Optic, Fiber Optics Assemblies, Fiber Optic Cable, Pre-Terminated Fiber Optic Assemblies

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 Optic Cable, Fiber Optics, Fiber Optics Assemblies, Copper Cable

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