Dielectric Armored Fiber or Aluminum Armored Fiber

There’s a dielectric armored fiber cable that’s been on the market for a couple of years now and it has not taken off as well as I expected. Let’s take a look at this cable from our YouTube channel.

I think maybe one of the issues is when a customer wants an armored cable, they want the most protection they can get. As mentioned in the video it has 4 times the protection compared to the aluminum armor that has 7 times the protection according to the manufacture. My personal belief, I think the aluminum has more than 7 times. The aluminum is so strong and durable and another issue that comes up is the end user is worried about the cable being cut by accident and the aluminum armored is no easy task. There’s even a tool to help you cut it open.

The other issue is grounding, sure the aluminum armor needs to be grounded but it’s fairly simple and it’s also talked about in one of our previous post.

On the other hand I can see this being a great choice for a location where you want a little more protection than your standard indoor cable and maybe there’s no convenient way to ground the fiber cable. The ball is in your court.

Meet the Label King! The LW-PX900 by EPSON and K-Sun

The LW-PX900 label printer is the future of economical and time-saving electronic label, heat-shrink tube, and bar-code printers.

The K-Sun LW-PX900 label printer features a high-speed, 360dpi print output that creates highly visible and detailed labels, bar codes and wire identification faster and with better detail than our competitor’s models. A 4mm standard lead margin, and the ability to reduce tape waste down to 1mm is an industry leading cost saving feature.

Let’s take a look at a great overview video from our YouTube channel.

Industrial specific hot-keys streamline and simplify template selection from among 6 different styles and applications for wire-wrap, patch panels and punch blocks. Never lose a label with our special “Drop-Stop” feature. This is especially handy with the LW-PX900’s exclusive “Pick-and-Print” mode. The printer will automatically wait to print and cut the next label in a batch. With these portable label printers all you have to do is print, grab, and go!

Auto-cut and half-cut come standard in this powerful hand held label printer, and an industry first “Mixed Length” option saves you significant time by allowing you to create variable length labels in a single print! The eight bar-code formats including 2D QR codes, 1000+ symbols, and multiple design effects expand application diversity and expand use for many other labeling needs. Auto alphanumeric sequencing plus repeat and reversed color printing add to the flexibility of label and heat-shrink tube creation.

I do want to highlight the mixed label feature, if you use your printer often you know one of the biggest irritants is the type, print, delete, repeat process when you have many different types of labels that need to get made. The drop, stop and pick option is also a personal favorite due to the magnets (included with the deluxe option) on the bottom of the printer. It’s pretty awesome when you put this printer on the side of a communications rack when labeling patch cords and panels and just pick a label out.

Here’s a quick look on how simple it is to print different labels.

Now that your getting a better feel for the LW-PX900 let’s go over some of the features.

  • Saves on wasted tape with short 4mm lead margin
  • Fast print speeds of up to 35mm/sec
  • Print label widths up to 1.5″
  • Prints on shrink tube up to 7/8″
  • Crisp, clear 360 dpi printing resolution
  • Print on die-cut square, circle, or oval supplies
  • Cost-effective tape cartridges yield more labels
  • Half-cut function makes it easy to serialize strips of labels
  • “Drop-Stop” and “Pick and Print” features help users quickly and easily print in the field
  • Industrial strength removable magnets included in full kit
  • Information can be uploaded and stored into the printer via the software and USB cable
  • Integrated handle makes it easier to carry around the workplace or in the field
  • Energy Star qualified

Here’s a short tutorial explaining the key functions of the LW-PX900

Now that you know the LW-PX900 can do many different types of printing you need some ideas on what applications to use this printer on, here’s a few of the more common ones.

How about we make magnet labels. You can print on many different colors for inventory management, whiteboard, bin labeling or wherever a label is needed but with the convenience of being a magnet.

Magnet labels for EPSON and K-Sun printer


Labeling network patch panels and communication copper and fiber optic cables also gives a very professional and organized look in the telecom closet.

patch panels patch cords

If your looking for something a bit more rugged and durable you might want to consider heat shrink tube markers for electrical, communications, fiber, audio or any type of cable and with sizes up to 7/8″ that should cover you for most applications.

Heat Shrink labels

Industrial grade adhesive labels and heat shrink tube markers are also excellent for laboratory, home, office, medical, commercial and anywhere you need a professional durable label.

industrial label

All of these features and benefits are packed into futuristic design made of industrial grade high-impact plastic that meets MilSpec drop test specifications. A handle was also designed into the frame for easy portability, and front load tape design for easy loading of cartridges. Don’t forget about the quick change magnets that are included in the full kit to give you hands-free label printing in tight environments where efficient use of space is a must.

For more information on the Epson K-Sun LW-PX900 contact Mercy Salinas at extension 232, phone number 888-797-3697 and you can also visit Discount-Low-Voltage.com for specification sheets and to order online today.

Do I need to run a Cat5e Plenum Patch Cord?

Let’s talk about the plenum-rating for just a second, plenum-rated cable gets it’s name from the HVAC term plenum spaces. The plenum spaces are those that lie between a drop and standard ceiling and it is this section where the air in a building circulates, thus aiding in heating and cooling functions. When there is no conduit used, plenum cable is often required since the cable is considered to be freely installed.

plenum rated cable

The plenum space allows fire and smoke to travel quickly. By using plenum rated cable, the levels of toxicity in the smoke would be lower since plenum cable is coated with a jacket that is typically made of flame-resistant material such as Teflon. This special jacketing makes the cable smoke less than regular PVC cable and the smoke that is emitted is less toxic. Keep in mind that smoke inhalation is the number one cause of death in fires.

Back to the plenum rated patch cables, now that you have a better feel for where those cables are going, a plenum rated already made patch cord may save you a headache. Let check these out from our YouTube channel.

You can check out price and availability on the DLV site. Questions? Comment below.

Having trouble cleaving fiber cable? This might be why.

You just received your fiber optic cable, connectors and new tool kit. You get started and you hit a snag with your cleaver not appearing to work properly, you’re doing it according to the instructions included in the tool kit and you’ve watched the how-to video provided by the manufacture. So what’s the deal? This is the most common issue when contractors are new to terminating fiber optic connectors and after numerous conversations regarding the same common issue we’ve made a troubleshooting video that will solve your problem.

Let’s check it out from our YouTube channel.

I recall one of our recent cleaver troubleshooting phone calls where the contractor was about to raise the blade! Don’t do it! When you first receive your new cleaver it’s set and should last you a while before a blade adjustment is needed. Here’s a overview on a cleaver by AFL that also you shows how to make that blade adjustment.

If you purchased your fiber cable, fiber optic connectors and tools from us, thank you. If you have any further questions regarding fiber you may contact Mercy Salinas at 888-797-3697 extension 232.

24-Port Gigabit Intellinet Ethernet Switches now in stock!

Need to boost your network speed? The Intellinet Gigabit Ethernet switch offers an array of features while providing superior network throughput. The 24 ports are also auto-sensing so it automatically detects network speeds of 10/100/1000. With a backplane speed of 48 Gbps, there’s plenty of performance available for your computers, servers and many other types of networking devices.

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

For more information such as a data sheet, user manual and to order visit our website! Thanks.

EZ Path Firestop makes life easier?

Sure it does! When compared to traditional firestopping methods, you never stop paying. You pay to put it in and every time you make cable changes, you do it again. The more changes you make, the more it cost you both in time and money and not to mention disruption.

With the EZ-Path System, firestopping is a one-time event! No sealent, putty, or foam pads to remove and replace. Nothing to adjust. Nothing to loosen and re-tighten! When comparing cost to traditional sleeves sealed with putty, the EZ-Path will have paid for itself in just 3 cable changes or less.

Let’s get a better look at this cool firestopping technology.

You might also be asking yourself why is it square? The square shape allows cables to nest more tightly raising loading efficiency to as much as 85%. This means less smoke!

Now let’s look at the internal safety feature.

What do codes require?

STI is not concerned about smoke!

Let’s take a quick look at the series 22 model from our YouTube channel.

We have the 3 most common sizes available and if you need to find a data sheet or have any other questions contact Mercy Salinas at extension 232.


A Category 6 “Half U” 24 port patch panel?!

Yeah, you read right. A half rack space patch panel. It’s a new product and so far it’s received a mixed reception but I think this panel has it’s place in, of course high density applications. As you know, some data centers are really pack and space is a high premium so I could see how installing a few of these in a cabinet can go a long way, especially when things get crowded.

Here’s a couple of examples.

rack 1

example 2

Now let’s check out this “Half U” Patch Panel from our YouTube channel.

We’ll there it is, for pricing and everything else you need to know about this patch panel visit Discount Low Voltage.

I need some tools for running cable behind a wall, what you got?

We have this cool kit put together by Greenlee, it’s a good place to start so let’s check it out.

Now the D’Versibit flexible drill bit kit includes:

– The D’Versibit 

– Placement Tool

– Grip

The features mentioned for this tool kit are:

– Use to drill and pull wire through existing walls

– Drill through wood even slow speed and even pressure

– Flexible bit drills 9/16″ diameter holes in many kinds of wood

– Placement tool is used to position the bit inside of the wall

– Grip can be attached to the end of wire (10mm – 13mm). 

Now that you have some tools you might need some help on how to run your cable behind the wall, here’s the best video on YouTube showing you how it’s done.

Good luck on your install and to place and order for this kit we have them in stock!


Discount Low Voltage welcomes MuxLab!

In stock now! MuxLab is a leading designer and manufacturer of connectivity solutions that allow Audio-Video, Broadcast, and CCTV equipment to be connected via cost-efficient Cat5e/6 copper twisted pair in the structured cabling environment.

For 30 years, the MuxLab brand has been synonymous with quality, performance and reliability. MuxLab solutions streamline cabling by reducing material, space and installation costs. Even after installation, MuxLab products help save time and money by facilitating moves, adds and changes. Whichever market you love and serve MuxLab has a solution for you! Our products are found in applications such as CCTV security and surveillance, classroom video, digital signage, home theater, guestroom entertainment, podium presentation and boardroom projection systems, to name a few.

Proud to be Canadian, all MuxLab products are designed and manufactured in Canada, by Canadian professionals. Your #1 Choice for CCTV and Audio-Video Connectivity Solutions. Let’s get a better look at a couple of there products that’ll provide a solution to your problem.

Need to convert HD-SDI to HDMI via Cat5e?

Need to convert HDMI to VGA?

What about extending your HDMI signal via Cat5e?

Need a further VGA signal?

These are just a couple of examples of how MuxLab provides connectivity solutions via twisted pair. For price and availability visit Discount Low Voltage.

More than just a wiremapper?

Ideal industries has been making some cool tools for a long time now and they recently redesigned the VDV Pro tester and looks like it now has some new tricks. Let’s see what going on with the new VDV II Pro.

The new VDV II Series are easy to use cable verification testers that check the integrity of copper cables commonly found in domestic, commercial or industrial voice, data or video installations, including telephone wiring, data network and video/security cabling.

  • Accurate – Advanced TDR (Time Domain Reflectometry) measures cable length and provides distance to fault information in the VDV Pro
  • Fast – Identifies wiring errors instantly and displays the results all on one screen
  • Intelligent – Quickly determines which phone service is running over cables, such as ISDN or PBX. Identifies voltage, pin and polarity for PoE (Power Over Ethernet) applications.

If you’re like me you can see print all day and who cares! I want to see it in action so let’s check in with our buddy Ron Kipper with Ideal Industries as he gives us a kick ass demonstration of the new VDV II Pro.

Currently we are stocking the VDV II Pro and it includes all the features of the VDV II, VDV II Plus and…

  • TDR measurement to identify distance to opens and shorts for accurate and advanced troubleshooting.
  • PoE Detection with Voltage, Pin, and Polarity Information
  • Phone Service Detection: PBX / ISDN
  • Ethernet Detection with Network Rate & Duplex Information. Identifies 10/100/1000Mb and Hd/Fd on connected ports/devices.

Both the VDV II Plus and the VDV II Pro include a carrying case that can hold all optional VDV II accessories plus an optional Tone Probe (62-164). Included in the carrying case are:

  • 2 RJ-45 to alligator clip cable assemblies
  • 2 RJ-45 patch cables
  • 2 RJ-11 patch cables
  • 1 Coax F patch cable
  • 1 F-81 barrel splice
  • 1 BNC female to F male adapter
  • 1 BNC female to F female adapter
  • 1 RCA female to F male adapter
  • 1 RCA female to F female adapter

Less talk more action? Got it, here’s the unboxing video on it.

Now I know you have a tester that’s probably on it’s last battery, looks like the VDV II Pro is your next tester. Order online!