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A Simple Guide to Cable Standards and Specifications

Characteristics of Different Cable Standards and Specifications: The characteristics of different cabling options are by their nature complicated to capture in a simple manner. That is why there are pages and pages of specifications that cover them in detail. However in an attempt to provide a very simple guide, below are short descriptions of the cable […]

Fiber Optic Infrastructure 17 February 2016

Crosstalk Performance: Cables, Connectors, Cords

Historical Crosstalk Performance: Historically, crosstalk was attributed primarily to the cables, but as LAN speeds increased and the cables improved, other channel components started to contribute to the crosstalk performance. The cumulative effect became known as Composite Crosstalk, and the primary channel components that contribute to this are the cords, connecting hardware and cable. It […]

Infrastructure 4 February 2016

The Methodology for Crosstalk Measurement

Cabling Crosstalk Measurement As mentioned in our previous blog, Crosstalk is probably the most important characteristic of copper cabling for high speed data applications. It can be described as the undesired energy appearing in one signal path as a result of coupling from other signal paths. Signals induced from crosstalk can also be significant enough […]

Infrastructure 27 January 2016

Impedance, Channel Return Loss, Attenuation & Crosstalk

Understanding the difference between Impedance, Channel Return Loss, Attenuation and Crosstalk This blog looks at each of the following; Impedance, Channel return loss, Attenuation and crosstalk in more detail below; Understanding Impedance The Impedance of a circuit is the total opposition that a circuit offers to the flow of alternating current (AC), for example a […]

Infrastructure 19 January 2016

Cabling Performance, Channel Capacity and Digital Signal Processing

“The Limit is Set By The Presence of Noise” In a previous blog post, multilevel encoding was discussed as a means to improve the bandwidth-efficiency of a system. However, is there a limit on the number of levels? Yes, the limit is set by the presence of noise. If levels are added, a point is reached […]

Infrastructure 13 January 2016

Advice for IT & Facilities Managers on Cabling Infrastructure Integration

Cabling Infrastructure Integration Using dedicated cabling infrastructures for different systems is a tradition that’s slow to die – now the era of new IP-based wired and wireless systems is making the savings offered by integrated cabling infrastructure hard to ignore. Doing things the way they’ve always been done is a comfortable approach that leads to […]

Infrastructure 16 December 2015

Step by Step Guide to Patch Cord Management: Part 1 Twisted Pair

Best Practices in Patch Cord Management Patch cords have the potential to be the weakest link in twisted pair and fiber optic network infrastructures. It is essential to follow correct procedures in administration of twisted pair and fiber optic patch cords to achieve optimum performance and reliability. Applying best practice at every stage will also […]

Infrastructure 4 December 2015

The Importance of The Site Survey in Infrastructure Design

Considering Infrastructure Design Probably the first step in considering an infrastructure design is to review the building plans and the RFQ (Request for Quotation) from the customer, consultant or building contractor. But the next step is quite often the most important which is conduct a site walkthrough or survey depending upon the nature of the […]

Infrastructure 18 November 2015

The Infrastructure of a Data Center: What’s Included?

The Typical Layout of a Data Center: The Data Center is more than just the computer room area. By definition, the Infrastructure of a Data Center includes the Computer room, Entrance room, Telecom room, Office, Network Operations Center (NOC) and Support Rooms. Large data center layouts For large Data Centers that utilize an entire building; […]

Infrastructure 11 November 2015

Transforming Buildings and Businesses with Integrated Network Infrastructure

The Benefits of Integrated Network Infrastructure: As well as lower installation and operational costs, integrated network infrastructure offers other major benefits to real estate owners and developers. The ‘network workspace’ is now as important as the physical workspace and can have a critical impact on the efficiency and productivity of businesses. As a result, many […]

Infrastructure 28 October 2015