Easy Plug and Play Network Video Recorder

If you’re worried about installing a Network Video Recorder because of work involved with setting up the IP camera to be properly networked to the NVR you won’t be with the Plug and Play Network Video Recorder by Everfocus.

This NVR eliminates the need for complicated network configuration and with the Power Over Ethernet switch also included you’ll eliminate the need for a master power supply and you’ll also simplify the cabling infrastructure by running one Cat5e cable for both the power and signal.

Full HD 1080P video output brings superior picture performance on a massive scale and with its H.264 compression it provides up to 1.5 times better compression ratio than MPEG-4 along with low bandwidth consumption.

Let’s get a better feel for it from our YouTube channel.

As you can tell this would be a great way to get your feet wet with IP cameras and a NVR. If you’re still on the fence but want 1080P quality you may want to consider the Everfocus line of HD cameras that use a traditional DVR.

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Multi-conductor Wire overview and what’s available

Just wanted to throw out a reminder that we have multi-conductor cables in a wide variety of gage sizes, shielding and jacket materials.

Applications for multi-conductor cables include computers, communications, sound, audio, instrumentation, data and some HVAC applications. These cables are designed to reduce hum, crosstalk and noise.

Let’s take a look a few different examples from our YouTube channel.

And sometimes you may need a direct burial cable.

As you noticed we stock the Tappan brand for the multiconductor cables. They’ve been around since 1978 and manufactured in New York so you know your installing a quality, American made, UL listed cable. Recently Southwire has purchased Tappan, you not only have the quality of a Tappan cable but the backing of a great company.

For more pricing and availability on Tappan multiconductor cable check us out. Thanks!



Easiest way to field install fiber optic connectors

If you’re a contractor and looking to expand your business by offering fiber optic networking, it’s definitely an easier process than what it once was. Gone are the days of syringing, baking, polishing and pulling your hair out. AFL has taken care of that part of the fiber connectorization process and left us with the easy part. Let’s hear a word from the manufacture about their FAST connectors.

FASTConnect field-installable connectors are factory pre-polished connectors that completely eliminate the need for hand polishing in the field. Proven mechanical splice technology ensuring precision fiber alignment, a factory pre-cleaved fiber stub and a proprietary index-matching gel combine to offer an immediate low loss termination to either single-mode or multimode optical fibers.

FASTConnect connectors are compatible with 250µm and 900µm optical fibers, as well as 900µm, 2mm and 3mm cordage. All primary fiber types are supported, and each connector is color coded per industry-standard requirements to aide in identification during and after installation. A factory-installed wedge clip (included with each connector) is removed and discarded upon completion of the termination. Incorporated into this device is an innovative, translucent wedge enabling the use of a common VFI to provide a “pass/fail” signal once physical contact is achieved.

The AFL FAST Connector sounds great, let’s take a look at how to install these connectors on the cable.

Whoa! That is easy. If your current need is to connectorize a few strands and you don’t need to install fiber again for who knows how long, you might want to consider a pre-terminated cable for a pull, plug and play solution.

If you have any questions or need an estimate contact Mercy Salinas at EX232 888-797-3697.

Why and How to wire a home – part FIVE

Part 5 of the Residential Network Cabling series will focus on UTP type cable and what to think about when installing the Cat 5e Cat 6 and Cat6A cables. Let’s check it out.

It was a long video but if you invest the time, especially if you’re new to communications wire and plan on a home install, you find it very informative. The one other think I do want to mention is when looking for a cable to look for a reputable brand. Be wary of the house brand from an online supplier or anything that this price much lower than a quality brand. We’ve seen copper clad aluminum being passed as 100% copper, 26awg passed as a 24awg and that causes many problems for your connectivity. We’ve even seen the 2 pairs colors the same, imaging wiring your jacks proper. Don’t forget to check out part 5 of this series, cable testing.




1 port Gigabit Capable PoE/PoE+ Power Injector

Signamax Connectivity Systems 065-POEINJ-G 1-port Gigabit-capable PoE/PoE+ Power Injector is designed to be a compact and cost effective full compliant solution for Network Cameras, IP phones, Outdoor and Indoor Wireless Access Points, and other IP terminal installations. Unlike many competing products, the 065-POEINJ-G supports a 10/100/1000BaseT/TX RJ45 connection utilizing phantom power over RJ45 pins 4,5, 7, and 8, and supports either the 802.3 at (30 watt) and 802.3 at (15.4 watt) IEEE PoE and PoE+ standards in a compact package for wall or desktop mounting. The 065-POEINJ-G injector operates at temperatures ranging from 14° F to 104° F (-10° C to 40° C). This rugged, compact, and cost-effective PoE/PoE+ power injector is the easy answer for individual PoE or PoE+ deployments where PoE switches are not appropriate.

Key Features:

  • 10BaseT, 100BaseTX, and 1000BaseT support.
  • PoE (15.4 watts) and PoE+ (30 watts) supported.
  • Operating temperature range from 14° F to 104° F (-10° C to 40° C).
  • Rugged wall-mountable high-strength molded housing.

Another thing I like about this PoE injector is it’s 5 year warranty.

Wiring Nightmares!

If you follow our Facebook page you’re probably familiar with our “Monday Wiring” feature that we do every, Monday. We select a picture to display either an awesome wiring job or a nightmare job, here’s a video example of the nightmare ones.

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Why and How to wire a home – Part THREE

Let’s check out coaxial cables types for the home and what connectors are the most common.

So that’s what the F in F-connector stands for? After all this time I finally know this, check out part four soon!

The proper “CABLE TIE” for Aerial Wire and Cable attachment

So you need to run a cable aerially and attach it to an existing cable or messenger cable. You probably should be using these ties.

Not only are they UV rated but they contain an inhibitor which prolongs the life of the tie in outdoor environments, one piece design reduces installation time, outside serrations prevent cable damage, nice.

Let’s check out a video from our YouTube channel. 

We weren’t a big fan of the 500 piece box quantity so we ripped open a box and do sell them individually.

MTP Fiber Optic Cable – Polarity

TIA-568-C.0 “Generic Telecommunications Cabling for Customer Premises” goes over three MTP cable polarity methods – A, B and C. With multiple channels in a connector, components must be manufactured with the same polarity. Differences in polarity will not be corrected by simply flipping or switching the positioning of the connector at the location. Here’s a quick look at the current polarity methods.

I’m going to start you out with what so far seems to be the most popular polarity pinout, this would be the “Universal Polarity Management Method” and is used in many Corning fiber networks. It seems to be a little odd that this would be the most popular so far because the universal method is not included in the TIA standard but it does meets the “intent of the standard” that’s according to Corning. Makes good sense that this would be most popular because Corning seems the be the biggest giant in the fiber optic cable market.

This system is mated key-up to key-down. This method supports simple concatenation of multiple trunks without effecting polarity. Accommodates all simplex/duplex connector types. The components related to your MTP connector will also allow for easy moves without polarity concerns used in other methods.


The next most common polarity pinout method I see is “Method B”. This uses a single module type wired in a straight-through configuration and standard patch cords on each end. One thing that will stand out to you is how all the components in the system are key-up to key-up. This method will require more planning for your modules location. This method also does not accommodate angle polished single mode connectors. It’s also a common method in Commscope fiber optic network infrastructures and popular with end users due to it simplifying upgrades.

method b

Now thinking about it, the next method is not far behind after looking at my sales history of MTP cables. Let’s talk about “Method A”. This uses a single type wired in a “Straight-Through” configuration and two different patch cords in a optical circuit. One cord is straight and the other is flipped. All components in the channel are mated key-up to key-down. Because the polarity is addressed in the patch cords the end user is responsible for managing the network.

method A

The last method I’m going to brush on is “Method C”. This uses a pair wise fiber flip in the trunk cable to correct for polarity. This will enable the use of the same module on both ends of the channel and standard patch cables. Because the polarity is managed in the trunk, extending links requires more planning to maintain polarity. The TIA standard does not mention text regarding the ability to migrate to parallel optics, but parallel optics capability can easily be achieved with a special patch cord to reverse the pair-wise fiber flips in the trunk.

method c

So, there are four popular wiring schemes but the standard only recognizes three. I know, it feels like a bit of a gray area. Further questions contact sales at 888-797-3697 or comment below. Thanks!


LAN Station products overview

LAN stations have been around forever, but I don’t remember feeling a boom in demand for them until the late 90’s during the dot com bubble.

control room

LAN Station furniture has recently been more popular with video editing companies for their control room needs so depending on what your needs are you’ll find many different types of possible set-ups that may suit you best. Let’s check out a couple.

If your setup is not complex you might want to consider a 24 inch station. The lower shelf is 14 inches deep and is great for shallow components and allowing you room to stretch your legs. The two 16 inch shelf’s above can be adjusted in different increments. Includes a built-in cable management channel keeping your communication and power cables organized. With it’s 1000 pound weight rating this will be a station that will last, a lifetime! There is a lifetime warranty, so you’ll have something to pound on for a while. You may also want to consider some accessories that’ll make life easier. I’d start with casters, keyboard tray, LCD mount and maybe a utility drawer.

24 inch work bench

Maybe you need to make the most out of the space you have at your location and you have multiple monitors you work with. You might want to consider a corner station, shove it in the corner of your location and you should have enough room for about 3 monitors.


Or, your in charge of a team of people and need to provide an organized solution for multiple work stations. You might want to consider a 96 inch station, this larger station also provides larger lower and top shelf’s and is completely modular.


I just wanted to highlight a couple of options for you and hopefully you can find something that will fit your need best. For me, I especially like the cable management, it drives me crazy when all those cables get messy and I have to have casters to easily get behind my equipment. Example.


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