It’s that time again (new year, new decade) and the Telecommunications Industry Association's (TIA) TR-42 (Telecommunications Cabling Systems) committee is holding its first meeting of Q1 2020 this week in New Orleans! As a member of the TR-42 committee, I wanted to give you a preview of the subject matter of the meeting.
An optical cable contains one or more fibers. The core, cladding, Kevlar®, ferrule, and connector are all involved in the construction of a fiber optic cable. We'll explain each and how they contribute to an effective and fast fiber optic cable.
28-AWG Cat6 patch cables have become very popular for their cable management benefits. The cables are smaller and more flexible than standard Cat6. This gauge wire is now recognized by the TIA standards institute for use in data networks, under the published standard named: ANSI/TIA-568.2-D.
Modules contain fiber that converts MTP trunk cabling into duplex LC connectors. Because a module's dB loss will be a part of your total loss budget calculation, the lower the module's loss measurement, the better chance you have to stay within the total loss budget you’ve designed.
In fiber optics, data is transmitted via light pulses sent through thin strands of glass, with the goal of converting those pulses into useful information. Since the real goal is to transmit 100% of the data, the most useful metric is how much of it gets lost in transit. This is called dB loss.
American Wire Gauge (AWG) is an index that inversely and logarithmically tells us the thickness of conductive wires. AWG may not seem important to keep in mind, but let's imagine this hypothetical of cabling up 48 ports with Cat6.
Whether you’re planning a new data center buildout or an upgrade to an existing environment, one of the most crucial things to recognize is the importance of an organized design of the network topography. Microsoft Visio is ideal for mapping out your current data center, as well as creating plans for future upgrades.
When you are building a network that requires long distances, high speeds, and/or heavy bandwidth connections, there is no question: fiber optic cables win the day. To understand why, and where copper may still be the best solution, it’s important to understand the differences between the two.