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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

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

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

Revamping Your Companies Data Center

Posted by Samantha Bante on Apr 3, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Increasing demands for updating data centers are emerging and it's likely it will continue to change rapidly as technology grows leaps and bounds each year.

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Topics: Data center, IT, IT Systems, Low Voltage Cables, Low smoke, cooling

Different Types of Category Cable Shielding

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

As technology advances each year, shielded category cables are becoming more commonly used for a variety of small to large scale projects. Although these are not always required, they are highly spec'd and suggested.

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Topics: shielded cable, Category Cable, Category 6A Cable, Category 7 Cable, Low Voltage Cables, bulk cable

Let's Compare: Plenum and Non-Plenum Rated Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on Mar 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Every day new products are being introduced into the world of cabling. With newer infrastructures, better technology and business expansions happening on a larger scale, cable products are needed more than ever. One constant that seems to be always taken into consideration when purchasing cable for any major product is if a cable needs to be plenum or non-plenum. In this article, we will be viewing the difference between a plenum and non-plenum rated cable and how to determine which one you will need for an upcoming project. 

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Topics: plenum cable, non plenum cable, PVC, Low Voltage Cables

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