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Power Limited Vs. Non-Power Limited Fire Alarm Cables

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Jul 15, 2019 10:00:00 AM

In previous blog posts, we have looked at the difference between Addressable vs. Conventional Fire Alarm Systems. Conventional fire alarm cables are designed based upon the AWG of the cable and can be broken into two categories: Power limited and Non-Power Limited cables. In the article below we will be looking at some distinct differences between the two: 

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Topics: fire alarm cables, fire alarm, fire alarm systems, fire detection systems

Why use Tactical Networking Cables?

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Jun 27, 2019 10:00:00 AM
In many previous blog posts, we have discussed in great lengths about networking cables. We have seen the difference sizes, compared to fiber optics cables and much more. But one component or problem that traditional networking cables lack is flexibility.
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Topics: networking, tactical, networking cable

Solid Vs. Stranded Cable

Posted by Samantha Flannery on May 23, 2019 10:02:00 AM
In low voltage cabling, we hear the terms solid and stranded on a regular basis. When these two terms are being discussed it generally goes back to the copper material within the cable and how it is arranged.  The main, distinct difference between these two is t he overall flexibility.  In the article below we will be looking at some distinct differences between the two. 
 
Stranded cables are made from several thinner wires that are woven together into one cohesive bunch and are insulated. These cables are used in situations where the wire is installed in cramped space. This cable can also be used when the wire needs to be highly flexible and in areas with a great deal of vibration.  In a low voltage system, a stranded conductor may consist of 7, 19 or even more strands to make an AWG size.  For example, a 7-strand of 26awg will give a DCR of an 18AWG.  Other factors to consider for stranding is skin effect.  Skin effect is a phenomenon where the electrons in a conductor become stimulated and travel on the outside surfaces of the conductor. A stranded conductor compared to a solid conductor of the same AWG has more surface area hence a better, quicker signal.
 
Advantages:
  • Highly Flexibility
  • Easier to Route
  • Can withstand large amounts of repetitive motion
  • Replaced less often
Disadvantages:
  • Expensive
Solid cables use one solid copper wire per conductor and they  should not be bent or twisted repeatedly. They are traditionally used as a backbone cable in walls, conduit, ceilings, where a great amount of flexibility is not needed. This cable is more rigid and transmits signals well over long distances. Also, solid cables are cheaper to manufacture so they are considered  to be more cost-effective. 
 
Advantages: 
  • Cost-Effective
Disadvantages:
  • Cant withstand large amounts of repetitive motion
  • Not highly  flexible
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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, bulk cable, Solid Cable, Stranded Cable

6 Tips for Choosing Conference Room Equipment

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Apr 23, 2019 10:00:00 AM

There are many options that offer a cost-effective solution to support the migration to AV-IP,  which creates the setting for greater innovation and collaborations. One area that is experiencing this change is conference rooms. When working through this migration it's important to make sure that you have the right equipment to maximize value to users and their audio and video assets.

In the article below we will be stating some tips to make sure that you are selecting the right conference room equipment.

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Topics: Control Systems, AV, AV/IP Systems

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

Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Networking Cable

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Mar 13, 2019 2:00:00 PM

When a new installation is taking place or an update is needed, some potential mistakes may be overlooked. Often, trying to get a project done as easy and cost-effective as you can, can sometimes a few areas may be overlooked. If a project is rushed and not properly planned from the beginning that could result in a company facing hidden costs and slower network performance.


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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, networking, network

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

What is a Network?

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Feb 13, 2019 9:00:00 AM
A network consists of two or more devices such as computers, servers, mainframes, network devices, and other devices connected to one another to allow the sharing of data. Typically these are connected via Wifi or Ethernet cables. 
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Topics: ethernet, network

Benefits of an AV/IP Systems

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Jan 31, 2019 10:00:00 AM
AV/IP stands for Audio-Visual over Internet Protocol. This translates to the communication of AV over an Internet, LAN or WAN network. It’s replacing traditional circuit-based AV infrastructures with packet-based Internet-Protocol or IP-based streaming infrastructures, while preserving the very best image and sound quality over greater distances. It differs from the existing AV systems because it streamlines the infrastructure.  In this article we will be going over the benefits of switching to an AV/IP system has they begin to merge into one. 
 
 
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Topics: Category 6A Cable, IT Systems, ethernet, Category 5e, AV, AV/IP Systems, Category 6 Cable

Different Types of Network Cable Products

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Jan 15, 2019 1:59:46 PM
When installing or looking to update any cable system it is important to understand what is being used to simplify the project. With the launch of a new line of branded West Penn Wire networking accessories, it's important to understand the basics of cabling within a networking system or infrastructure.
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Topics: Category Cable, Connector, networking, network, accessories

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