Data Center Cabling Solutions
February, 03, 2020

The Top 4 Obstacles Facing Data Center Managers

Today, data center (DC) managers are confronted with a multitude of challenges when trying to successfully manage their environment. To help better understand the data center landscape, let's look at four of the more common obstacles.

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January, 29, 2020

Does 28-AWG Copper Cable Work with Power over Ethernet (PoE)?

Wondering whether 28-AWG copper will work with Power over Ethernet (PoE)? In short, the answer is yes! However, there are some important things to keep in mind when you are using these "mini" alternatives to traditional Cat6 cords.

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January, 27, 2020

TIA TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Committee Meeting

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.

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January, 24, 2020

What Are Fiber Optic Cables Made Of?

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.

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January, 23, 2020

A Smart Approach to Reduced Diameter Cat6 Patch Cables

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.

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January, 21, 2020

How Back Reflection and Insertion Loss Affects Data Center Performance

Back reflection and insertion loss can severely decrease the performance of your data center cabling. So what are they, and what can you do to minimize the effects?

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January, 17, 2020

What Does a 0.35dB Loss Mean for Your Network?

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.

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January, 16, 2020

Why Minimizing dB Loss in Fiber Cables is Important

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.

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January, 13, 2020

The 5 Most Common Causes of dB Loss in Fiber Optic Cabling

High dB loss in fiber optic cabling infrastructures can lead to downtime… and nobody wants that! Find out about the five biggest factors resulting in dB loss.

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January, 08, 2020

Cat6 Cabling: What is the BIG DEAL about AWG (American Wire Gauge)?

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.

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