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  1. Ahead of the Curve: 8K HDMI Cables have Landed

     

     

    Ahead of the Curve: 8K HDMI Cables have Landed

     

    Not sure if you’ve heard, but we’re incredibly excited to start carrying 8K rated HDMI cables. The number of customers asking for 2.1 rated HDMI cables had increased enough to where it was a bit of a bummer to explain how our standard HDMI cables exceeded 2.0 ratings (supports 4K, HDR, and 3D), but didn’t fit the bill when it came to supporting the bandwidth necessary for 8K resolution.

    At the start of this year, our new line of ECore Ultra High-Speed HDMI cables are locked and loaded to handle the bandwidth needed to send uncompressed 8K vi

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  2. Patch Panel Refresh

    Patch Panel Refresh

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  3. Clean Fiber, Happy Fiber

    Clean Fiber, Happy Fiber

     

     

    It only takes microscopic dust and oil particles on the end-faces of fiber optic cables to cause major data loss, or outright fiber link failure. These contaminants are impossible to see with the naked eye but can easily accumulate and be distributed from mating and de-mating soiled plugs. Even brand-new fiber optic connectors straight out the package are susceptible to particulates from those handling the connections before they arrive on site.

    Regular inspection and cleaning are the only way to ensure reliable fiber optic connection without running the risk of degradation of fiber optic connectors, data loss, or fiber link failure.

    Here are some easy to use fiber optic cleaners that can efficiently

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  4. 5G: What's Going On?

     

     

     

    If you’ve paid any attention to commercial advertising put out by telecommunications companies within the last year, you’ll notice “5G” is the hot button buzzword. So popular, in fact, that American-Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds is featured in a 30-second clip attempting to explain it with the help of a technology expert…Ryan still doesn’t quite grasp it.

    In a nutshell 5G is the fifth-generation mobile network and the goal is to create a massive network connecting machines, objects, and devices. To do so, this network must deliver increased data speeds, extremely low latency, and more reliability across the board. For those in the industry, the successful deployment and utilization of 5G means positive im

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  5. Slim Down: The Patch Cable Diet

    Slim Down: The Patch Cable Diet

     

    It’s easy for the once-cavernous space of a data center to turn cramped and congested. The space isn’t growing, but the equipment and need for connectivity is. The solution? Slim Cat6 patch cables to help reduce space, improve airflow, and provide easier management in a bustling data center.

     

    Reduce Space

    Cat6 Slim Ethernet patch cables have done their share of diet and exercise, going from 24AWG on standard Cat6 cables down to 28AWG. In terms of overall diameter, that is a physical slim down from 5.3mm OD to 3.5mm OD.

     

    Easier to Manage

    Compared to standard Cat

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  6. Patch Panels - How To Manage the Tangle

    How To Manage the Tangle

     

    Patch panels are the cornerstone of a well-tuned data center. They provide some method to the madness of incoming and outgoing networking cables and help with future growth and trouble-shooting. 

    A patch panel is an arrangement of ports on one panel, which can be mounted to a rack or wall. Patch panels allow you to bundle and connect multiple ports for incoming and outgoing lines. They’re great cable management and network solution to centralize telecommunications and data equipment in communications closets, central offices, and data centers.

     

    What is the purpose of a patch panel?
    A patch panel is a mounting assembly w

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  7. Choosing the Right WiFi Antenna

    Choosing the Right WiFi Antenna

     

    To identify the right antenna for your WiFi application it is important to note the differences in omnidirectional and directional antennas. Either the signal is radiating out in every direction, which is called omnidirectional, or there is a reflective surface to focus the signal in a specific direction, which is called directional.

    Depending on your primary application there are ceiling, panel, Log Periodic/Yagi, fixed omni, and rubber

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  8. Here Is What You Need to Consider When Purchasing Antennas

    What You Need to Consider When Purchasing Antennas

     

    When buying an antenna there several factors that go into finding the right solution for your network. Without proper consideration, you will not achieve the desired connectivity, which can result in a loss of time and money.

    The basic function of an antenna is to take a signal traveling through a cable and convert it to a signal that can travel through the air. The most common applications for antennas are Wi-Fi/WLAN networks, the “Internet of Things” (IoT), and in public safety/first responder systems.

    Since there are many different types of antennas, these are a few of the major items to consider before you buy an antenna:

    • What is the application?
    • What frequency do
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  9. 5 Things to Consider When Purchasing Power Cords

    5 Things to Consider When Purchasing Power Cords

     

    When purchasing power cables, knowing what qualities to look out for will help you save time, money, and stress.

    1. Plug & Form Factor

    Identifying which power cords you need can be confusing. There are dozens of different NEMA & IEC jacks and plugs. The problem is even more compounded when you add-in international plugs. We have created this helpful chart to help you identify which power cord you need.

    Another consideration beyond fit is the orientation of the plug. Space-saving

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  10. Ethernet Jacket Types 101

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    Ethernet Jacket Types 101

     

    Ethernet cable jackets are made from various materials and carry different ratings assigned by the NEC. Let’s run through some commonly asked questions about these materials and NEC ratings to help answer some common questions about which material and jacket rating is used for most installations:

    What is a PVC jacket?

    Polyvinyl Chloride is the backbone material in most ethernet cable jackets. It is a high strength and flexible material, which makes it a go-to jacket for most ethernet cabling. PVC is the most common material found in the below jacket ratings. 

    What is a PE jacket?
    Polyethylene is most common with outdoor rated jackets. They are good at moisture and overall w

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