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  

 

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.

What is the “ER” rating in Tray Cable?

The National Electric Code Sec. 336.10 (7) states that Tray Cables are not to extend more than 6 feet from the tray for a connection to a motor, electrical device or anything else your plugging it into. If you need to make a connection to something that is further than 50 feet it must be either armored, installed in a innerduct or raceway and that not only increases material cost but your labor cost goes up when you start running that cable in that conduit.

6 foot Limit

Many times equipment is a little further away and when that’s the case a Tray Cable with an ER rating may be perfect for your application. The ER rating allows you to extend that cable from the tray with no length restrictions. This will also eliminate that extra cost of metal clad armor, conduit or raceway. The cable does need to be secured every 6 feet.

Here’s an example of a TC-ER cable from our YouTube channel.

Since this cable has no length restrictions, the included direct burial rating, sunlight resistant jacket and extreme temperature rating should handle just about any installation location you throw at it.

If you need to install this cable in a tray, here’s a cool video that may help you with your installation.

For spec sheets, pricing and to order TC-ER cable visit Discount-Low-Voltage.com

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

How many Cables can you fit in that Conduit?

That is a very common question, what we need is a calculator that would estimate the number of small circles into a larger circle.

  • The number of smaller pipes that fit in a larger pipe
  • The number of wires possible in a conduit
  • The number of fibers that fits in a connector
  • And similar applications

circles

Here’s an easy way to figure it out, go to Engineering Tool Box for a super cool calculator that will help you do that.

So when you need to know exactly how many small circles fit in a larger circle, you now have a solid answer. Have a great weekend!

Need help fishing wire?

Anything that can help your installation go easier is a plus! Let’s check out the Magnepull.

Here’s a great look at running cable behind drywall.

Here’s a great look at how to do it under carpet!

Look’s easy right, let’s open it fresh out the box and get a good look at the Magnepull.

As you can see, if your always pulling wire and cable this would be an important tool to keep handy. Order the Magnepull online at 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

Running Fiber to the Antenna?

Recently I was on a call with a customer and he ordered some fiber optic cable for a FTTA installation. So I did some digging around about what else in involved and how are these cables installed. I found a decent video regarding an installation like this.

The large reel with the power cable included was interesting. I decided to make a couple of phone calls to manufactures and seem like right now that type of cable is only offered and sold to the cell tower companies.

The cable my customer purchased was a indoor outdoor pre-made cable, and it was only to replace the coax cables. There was no need to touch power since power was already ran for existing equipment. Here’s a look at some of our other pre-terminated fiber optic cable options.

I wonder how much they get at the recycling yard for those coax cables.

Under Carpet Cat6 4 pair Cable

Here’s a great look at an under carpet cable from our YouTube channel.

This is perfect for that can’t feel a cable under the carpet feel. You may also want to use EZ reach tape for ease of installation. For more information on the under carpet cable visit Discount Low Voltage.com.