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October 24, 2017

Exceeding the Standards

The standards are developed and maintained to allow interoperability between systems from various vendors and assure quality transmissions.   Standards are a minimum.  Products are available that exceed that minimum like our GameChanger cabling for video and PoE.   When does it make sense to look at options that do not conform to the standards?  While standards are important for some applications, massive savings can be realized by utilizing products that operate outside of some standards parameters (like length).   Penny wise solutions are out there that solve problems and are worth a look.

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September 27, 2017

GameChanger Wins CI&M Platinum Award

Paige DataCom is honored with the CI&M Platinum Innovators Award for its GameChanger extended distance cable which delivers PoE+ and 1080p video 850'.  This 2017 honor was awarded at BICSI Fall Vegas. The Cabling Installation and Maintenance (CI&M) awards were developed to recognize the most-innovative cabling and communications technology products and systems within the structured cabling industry as determined by a panel of senior third-party expert judges. We had a total of five judges, each of whom has many years of professional experience working with structured cabling and communications systems.

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September 13, 2017

Hurricanes, in the aftermath of Harvey, and Irma with Lessons from Katrina

What do you need to know about your cable plant, power plant and critical infrastructure following a hurricane?  Are your cables safe?  Can you reuse them?  When do you need to consider replacing them?  This blog discusses factors you may not have considered with respect to the hidden systems within a building. 

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August 22, 2017

Paige DataCom Warranty News

Paige DataCom announces a new partner to our warranty program.  CNET Certified Network Cabling Installers are now eligible to provide Paige's 25-year warranty.  The CNCI is in addition to BICSI certified installers.   Read the press release below.

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August 7, 2017

​Your Integrity Lasts How Long?

2-Hour Circuit Integrity Cables (CIC) are mandated in many buildings.  Not all cables are equal. In order to stop the spread of fire via cable and to assure that emergency communications continue during a fire, a new UL testing methodology outlined in UL 2196 is applied to the entire system and certificates are issued based ONLY on the systems under test.  This test is the defining test for Two Hour Rated fire cable systems.  



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July 17, 2017

Do 4 Pairs Equal an Intelligent Building?

With all of the talk of intelligent building systems and the need to categorize your cabling for all applications, are 4 pairs really required?  For many systems, 2 pair access control and 2 pair security cables are enough.  Over cabling a building does not enhance intelligent systems for the future.  In fact, many systems will never need the additional pairs or strands of copper and fiber.  Start at the end and work to the common areas.  This is a better use of money and resources.  

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