OM4 fiber optic patch jumpers now available.

Just wanted to let everyone know that we have OM4 fiber optic patch jumper cables available. We still have the OM3 jumpers available and you’re probably asking yourself what’s the big deal with this new OM4 standard. Let’s find out.

OM4 Fiber Jumpers

The OM3 was the highest bandwidth standard, at 2000MHz-km Effective Modal Bandwidth. The OM4 standard increases that bandwidth at 850nm of 4700MHz-km for laser sources and 3500 MHZ-km for overfilled launch and retaining the 500MHz-km OFL spec at 1300nm. This OM4 standard has been very popular in the Data Center due to being able to push 40 Gigabit up to 150 meters when the OM3 can only push it to the 100-meter mark, both using parallel optics.

Using OM4 and getting that extra length is a great cost effective solution if you’re trying to avoid the high cost of Single-mode laser sources. OM4 Fiber Patch Jumpers by Discount-Low-Voltage.com can be made with any connector variation, length, with additional 1 day lead time compared to the standard lengths and connectors types in stock.

For more information and to order online Visit Discount-Low-Voltage.com

110 Punch Down Tool for only doing a couple of Keystone Jacks

This economy punch down tool is perfect for the at home installer. There’s no need to buy an expensive punch down tool if you’re only installing/repairing a few keystone jacks. This tool can be used on any of our cat3 jacks, cat5e jacks, cat6 jacks or any other 110 style termination products, like 110 blocks and patch panels. Let’s check it out from our YouTube channel.

As you can tell, it’ll do the trick if you need to only punch down a few jacks. For more information and to order online visit Discount-Low-Voltage.com.

Industrial RJ45 Modular Plug Overview and How to Crimp

Field-Installable Industrial RJ45 Modular Plugs are designed for termination of distribution cables and equipment cables connecting directly to such terminal and field devices as security cameras, industrial electronics, and for patching in environments where hardened and reliable connections are required. Plugs are also equipped for termination of stranded or solid conductor cables. PCB-based plug design guarantees high-quality termination in the field, while tool-less termination feature provides quick task completion. Let’s check out an overview and How To Video from our YouTube channel.

One of my favorite things I like about this Industrial RJ45 is that it’s made by Signamax. It’s a great company that has been around forever and inventory is easily found in the U.S. and internationally. Back to this Industrial RJ45, let’s review the features.

  • Meet ISO/IEC 11801 and ANSI/TIA-568-C.2 patch cord requirements
  • Overall “360-degree” solid-metal shielding design
  • Toolless field termination
  • Compatible with solid and stranded conductors
  • PCB-based electrical design
  • T568A and T568B wiring with an easy to read color-code wiring label
  • Rated for at least 750 insertion cycles
  • Compatible with all Signamax modular connectors

We do have these in stock in a Cat5e, Cat6 and Cat6A. For more information and or order online visit Discount-Low-Voltage.com.

What types of Pre Wired 66 blocks are available?

If you need to connect your phone system to your phone companies equipment you might be looking into how to wire a punch down block. After poking around and visiting certain sites you might be telling yourself there has to be another way. There is with Pre Wired 66 blocks, let’s go over a few from our YouTube channel.

Pre Wired Block with 2 Female Amphenol Connectors.

Pre Wired Block with 1 Male Amphenol Connector.

The two videos show that you can have one Amphenol cable from your phone system plug into it and the phone company then can make the punch downs on the other end. You can also have a telco connector on both sides so the phone company can plug their equipment easily into it. Don’t forget to select the right connector, a male or a female or you later might need a gender changer.

NEC Pre Wired Block with RJ45 Octopus cables.

Another option is getting a prewired block that is specified for your phone system. Just like the NEC Phone Block video above.

We do have a few other Pre Wired 66 blocks available that may suit your installation a bit better than the Pre Wired 66 blocks viewed above. To check out what other blocks are available and to order online visit Discount Low Voltage.com  

 

Need a concrete floor kit for your communications relay rack?

If you’re installing a relay rack you should be installing a concrete floor kit with it, especially if your in a earthquake zone. Let’s go over what’s included in this type of kit.

Here’s a look at the bottom of your relay rack where the bolts get put through.

communcations, networking

You will need to use a hammer drill to fit the drop sleeves into that concrete.

As you can tell it’s very straight forward, you need just a little elbow grease to drop that sleeve with the hammer drill. For more information about this concrete floor kit and to order online visit Discount-Low-Voltage.com 

Let’s do a burn test on Counterfeit Category Cable

It seems like since around the early 2000s we’ve heard stories of low end cable manufactures cutting corners such as copper clad aluminum and pushing it as a 100% copper conductor and I’ll also never forget the phone call I received from a contractor yelling at me about how hundreds of his Cat5e jacks are failing (He bought the jacks from me, these ones) and after further inspection the cable he installed (Not bought from me) was actually a 26awg not a 24awg as stated by that cable manufacture and it caused all kinds of contact issues.

Now I have something new to reference bad cables with, the Communications Cable and Connectivity Association did a video demonstrating a burn test on counterfeit cables. This videos does a great job not only demonstrating what happens but also referencing standards from TIA and fire codes from the NFPA, let’s check out this video.

It’s interesting how the counterfeit cables do act like a fuse and the spread of the fire and smoke was amazing. Remember smoke inhalation is the number one cause of death in fires. The video does talk about the UL holographic logo you should look for but that’s another thing I’ve already seen that’s also been counterfeited so you may want to look for that but also make sure you purchase your copper cable from a reputable manufacture and be-careful with the “House Brand” of cable.

Category 8 Testing Standard Approved?!

In October TIA established TIA-1152-A that covers Category 8 testing in the field and the standard has been in development since late 2013 and specifies Level 2G testing accuracy. Category 8 cabling specifications have also been established so manufactures can now start manufacturing components and systems, my only problem is where are all the Cat7 components and systems?

How is Category 8 different? It uses a frequency of 2000 MHz, and is limited to a 30 meter two connector channel. Cat5e through Cat6A uses a shielded or unshieled twisted-pair construction, Category 8 requires only a shielded full twisted pair 22awg.

Category 8 Cable shielded individual pairs

Category 8 S/FTP Copper Cable

 

Over the years Cat6A has been climbing in sales year after year but Cat7 has only been talked about from time to time and now there’s Category 8?! That 30 meter limit I think is going to be a problem that will slow the progress of this cabling system but I’ve been wrong before, just ask the wife.

Din Rail solution for Category Jacks!

Signamax Keystone Industrial DIN Rail Mounting Modules afford an opportunity to combine advantages of regular keystone jack design and transmission performance with simplicity and usability of industrial DIN-rail mounting systems.

Din Rail for Jack
State-of-the-art module’s design provides all kinds of features usually found in office work area solutions, – universal labeling, protection covers, “front access,” “gravity compensation” for patch cords along with such important for the industrial applications aspects as tool-less mounting and replacement of connector modules, quick access to any part of the assembly. Additionally, modules allow installing screened jacks without any extra efforts, parts, and tools.

Let’s get a good look at it from our YouTube channel.

There it is, the easiest and best way to get category jacks mounted on that Din Rail. To order the Signamax KI-DIN-RMM-SL visit Discount-Low-Voltage.com

A new way to Data Center, install the DAMAC Structure

Traditional data centers are built from the ground up by anchoring cabinets and racks to the floor then adding aisle containment, cable routing and overhead power distribution. The process is time and labor intensive, with each phase typically handled by a different contractor.

With DAMAC Structures, we handle the entire process, from design and manufacturing through onsite assembly. As a result, DAMAC Structures can be up and running in 75 percent less time than a traditional facility.

Let’s take a look at a set up from our YouTube channel.

Other benefits include:

  • Flexibility. Seismic anchoring, aisle containment, cable routing and the overhead busway are independent of the racks and the room itself. Racks can easily be moved or added, and the whole system reconfigured as needed.
  • Versatility. The system can be designed to any specifications and accommodate any size server cabinet or rack, including racks from third-party vendors.
  • Consistency. DAMAC Structures enable you to develop a corporate standard for the data center infrastructure, streamlining moves, adds, changes and management.
  • Reduced building requirements. Because the DAMAC Structure supports the aisle-containment, cable routing and overhead busway components, your building’s ceiling system doesn’t have to.
  • Fewer connections. One power connection, one data in-feed and one cooling inlet will support the DAMAC Structure.
  • Power and cooling efficiency. The defined footprint of a DAMAC Structure enables you to optimize power and cooling.
  • Staged buildouts. DAMAC Structures can be installed as “pods” and expanded or reconfigured as needed.

With DAMAC Structures, you gain all the benefits of an agile, cost-optimized data center infrastructure without the need for complex, multiphase construction projects. Let us put the benefits of DAMAC Structures to work in your facility. For more information contact Discount-Low-Voltage.com

Building Entrance Telephone Lightning Protection

Before we dive into the Circa product let’s talk about why you need protection. The National Electric Code Article 800, and the Canadian Electric Code Section 60, Subsection 200 and 202, requires the use of surge protection for telephone lines. Today’s sensitive telecommunications equipment requires more protection than ever to safeguard it against damage caused by lightning or electrical surges. Circa Building Entrance Terminals help to protect your equipment investment with sizes and features that adapt to your special needs. Daily fluctuations in current can wear down, and eventually destroy, fragile circuitry before its time.

How is this protection used? Circa’s protectors are designed for flexibility that assures a perfect fit for your business, residential and campus applications. We offer a variety of capacity options (1, 2 , 6, 10, 12 , 25, 50, 100, 200 and 300 pair sizes) that can be deployed in multiples for high pair count applications. Circa Building Entrance Terminals (BET’s) are both rack and wall-mountable. Input/output options include 110 connectors, 66 blocks, BIX connectors, swivel stubs, RJ21X connectors and pre-connected MS2 or 710 connectors. Remember to install a suitable protector on both ends of every exposed line leading into your telecommunications and networking equipment, whether aerial or buried. Proper grounding is essential for rated performance of protection circuitry.

Let’s take a look at some of the different size blocks and fuses that go along with them from our YouTube channel.

These are just a few examples of Circa’s offerings. You can order these or if you have a Circa part number that is not on the site contact us and order online.