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How to choose the right Fiber Optic Connector?

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Oct 9, 2019 9:00:00 AM

 

When selecting the right fiber optic connector to use for any job or installation there are a few key features to make note of. Not doing the proper preparation cable make the customer go from satisfied to unsatisfied pretty quickly. So what are some keys factors to look at when selecting the right connector for a fiber optic installation?

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

Benefits of Fiber Optics in Video Security/Surveillance

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Aug 21, 2019 9:30:00 AM

In the ever-increasing reach of today’s video security and surveillance systems, many security professionals are finding that the quality, bandwidth, and distance needed to perform even the most basic surveillance is beyond the reach of coaxial and UTP cabling. Even though IP-based video security systems are gaining popularity, they face a serious distance limitation of 100 meters (328ft) or less over UTP cabling infrastructure. This poses an insurmountable hurdle when trying to monitor the many outreach locations of a typical surveillance installation. 

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Topics: Fiber Optic Cable, Fiber Optic, Security Products

When to Use Fiber Optic Cable?

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Apr 8, 2019 10:00:00 AM

As fiber optic cable has become more affordable and data rates are growing, many project managers and IT professionals are starting to ask, "When should I use fiber optic cable?"

Below are some questions to ask to help understand when to potentially switch to/use fiber optic cable:

 

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

How Does Weather Impact Fiber Optics?

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Feb 27, 2019 2:00:00 PM

This year's winter weather has been far from pleasant from coast-to-coast thus far. With the polar vortex that took place in January and high speed winds, there have been many power outages, cabling issues and more. With frigid temperatures and a record low of -50 degrees in certain parts of the country, how does this affect our cabling, especially fiber optic cable?

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Topics: Fiber Optic Cable, Fiber Optics, Fiber, Fiber Optic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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