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2018-12-11

A couple of weeks ago, we published a Cabling Chronicles Blog about exceptions to the 100-meter (m) channel length rule and the fact that you can’t necessarily go the full distance due to temperature rise, gauge size and subsequent insertion loss and DC resistance.  But did you know that you can also EXCEED the 100 m length? Let’s take a look at that scenario. 

A Common Concern

2018-12-05

If you Google “What ever happened to,” all the top search results have to do with past celebrities or that creepy 1962 Joan Crawford and Bette Davis thriller about Baby Jane.

And if you finish your Google search to ask, “What ever happened to Category 7,” all you end up with is the hypothetical hurricane rating that one TV mini-series dubbed “the end of the world.” In other words, Category 7 cable was apparently not popular enough to make the Google search cut.

2018-11-28

An Exception to Every Rule

You’re watching a baseball game, the batter hits a fair infield fly ball, and the umpire calls the batter out even though the ball isn’t caught.

You might be thinking, “Hey, that’s not the rule.” But in fact, if the umpire judges that the ball “can” be caught by an infielder with runners on first and second base (or bases loaded) and there’s less than two outs, it’s considered an “infield fly” and the batter is out to prevent a double or triple play. 

2018-11-20

It’s that time of year again to give thanks! We are thankful for market growth continuing to be fueled by the IoT and Big Data, and for all the noteworthy standards ratifications that happened this year. We also wanted to take a minute to let all of our Cabling Chronicles blog fans know just how thankful we are that you continue to read our blog. We are committed to providing you with expert, valuable information to keep you informed about what's new in the world of cabling, testing, and standards. 

2018-11-13

This is a guest blog from Carrie Goetz (D.MCO, RCDD/NTS, CDCP, CDCS, 1st Degree IM) who is the Global Technology Director Paige DataCom Solutions.

2018-11-06

You’ve probably heard of the new OptiFiber Pro HDR models we recently introduced, which are designed for OSP and PON applications.  However, there are a number of new features now available as part of this launch that work in both the current OptiFiber Pro as well as the new HDR models.  In fact, these new features can be added to any existing OptiFiber Pro at no charge through a simple upgrade.  Let’s check out these new capabilities.

2018-10-31

_01 With the new Fluke Networks OptiFiber® Pro High Dynamic Range (HDR) Optical Time Domain Reflectometer, Versiv becomes a single solution for applications ranging from FTTx, PON and datacenters to category-rated structured cabling. Since Versiv users report that its efficient and familiar interface cuts costs by 65% when testing, certifying and maintaining copper and fiber network installations, it’s clear why they’d want to apply the same savings to outside plant jobs as well.

2018-10-24

There’s a chill in the air, leaves are falling and it’s time for all things spooky. So we thought that in the spirit of Halloween, we would post this blog again that takes a look at two of the most confusing (and perhaps scariest) OTDR events--ghosts and dead zones.

When You See What Doesn't Exist

2018-10-18

Due to its inherent reliability, performance and interoperability, Ethernet has infiltrated the factory floor as the communication protocol of choice for automation and control systems. This year, Industrial Ethernet has overtaken market share from traditional fieldbus protocols that typically require multiple segregated and proprietary cabling plants. 

2018-10-11

The singlemode fiber connectors you likely encounter the most feature a blue connector body, but if you’re working with any passive optical networks (PONs), carrier networks or large cloud/colo or hyperscale data centers, you may encounter singlemode fiber connectors with a green connector body – and these green connectors are growing in popularity.

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