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When to Use Fiber Optic Cable?

Posted by Samantha Flannery on May 19, 2020 9:00:00 AM

As industry shifts begin to change, bandwidths continue to increase, and fiber prices have fallen, many organizations are asking the question, "When should I use fiber optic cables?"

Below is a list to consider when looking to use fiber optic cable:

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Topics: Fiber Optic Cable, Fiber Optics, Fiber Optic

How COVID-19 May Change Technology in Different Industries

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Apr 27, 2020 9:00:00 AM

As the world continues to adjust to different working environments and daily life amidst a global pandemic, there are lots of questions that come to mind. What are the long term affects? How will this impact our industry? Will there be new technology requirements in the future?

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Topics: networking, network, networking cable, Industry

Outdoor Vs. Indoor Cables

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Mar 26, 2020 9:00:00 AM

In outdoor installations, in most cases, outdoor cables are needed to maintain the performance of the cables standards. But other types of cables can be added to mix such as security or access control. When those are added, what are the specific guideline that would need to be followed? When should outdoor or indoor cables be installed?

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Topics: In-Conduit, Wet Location, Wet Location Cables, indoor cable, outdoor cable

Field Terminated Vs. Pre-Terminated Fiber Optic Assemblies

Posted by Samantha Bante on Mar 18, 2020 3:20:24 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 Optics Assemblies, Fiber Optic Cable, Fiber Optic, Pre-Terminated Fiber Optic Assemblies

How Patch Cords & Patch Panels Benefit Installations

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Mar 16, 2020 10:00:00 AM
We have most likely seen an installation that has had little to no organization. Those long cables that help connect equipment to end devices without any type of patch cord or patch panel to help organization. Although some companies may take this approach to save money, any future need to add or move devices will be affected by this. When there is a need to add a new device, it can result in a mess that can cost even more than expected- Yikes!
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Topics: networking, network, networking cable

Network Patch Panels & Advantages

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Jan 16, 2020 1:00:00 PM
What is a Patch Panel?
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Topics: networking, network, accessories, networking cable

Top 5 Read Blog Posts of 2019

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Jan 6, 2020 3:00:00 PM

At the end of each year, we take a look at our most popular blog posts to see what our customers found to be most useful and compelling. Here are the top 5 blogs that help you learn more about low voltage cabling and fiber optic products:

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Topics: Fiber Optic Connector, Fiber Optic, HDMI Cables, fire alarm cables, fire alarm systems, plenum cable, Audio cables

What is Networking Connectivity?

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Nov 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM
Decades ago it was hard to imagine a time when we would be worried about bandwidth, wireless access, networking structures and numerous devices we would become to depend on. But in today's growing networking environments those thoughts are a thing of the past. We now look at our network with its growing users, devices, access points, security systems and more as something that must be reliable. 
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Topics: Connector, networking, network, networking cable

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

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