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August 13, 2018

NEC 2017 - What it Means in 2018

With a little over half the country adopting the 2017 version of the NEC, there are some misconceptions about what it includes and more importantly how to provide power over data cabling.  The ampacity of higher power applications are sometimes equated with LP cables, but what does this really mean?  Is LP required?   

For the 2017 version of the NEC, NFPA received 4,012 public inputs recommending code changes that resulted in 1.235 first revision changes resulting in 1,513 public comments on those which then resulted in 559 second revisions. Hence the expanse of time. Five completely new articles were introduced. The new articles are centered around newer technologies like microgrids and energy storage systems that didn’t exist or were not addressed in prior versions.

Here are a few key points to pay attention to as your state's adoption progresses.  


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July 9, 2018

Paige's GameChanger Cable Awarded "UL Verified" Confirmation

UL Verifies Performance of GameChangerCable from Paige

The Leader in Global Product Safety Testing Verifies Claim of 1 Gbps Performance and PoE+ over 200 Meters

UNION, N.J. July 9, 2018 – Paige DataCom Solutions, the developer of GameChanger™, a new cable designed to significantly exceed the reach of traditional category cable, today announced the results of an independent performance evaluation completed by UL LLC as part of its Marketing Claim Verification program. The UL assessment evaluated the performance of the award-winning GameChanger cable technology and verifies the claim that it delivers 1 Gbps performance and PoE+ over 200 meters (see Verify.UL.com, A808170).

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June 4, 2018

Lengthonomics at 1006' with no repeaters. Yes, really!

Code Blue, (@codebluecorp) a Paige DataCom Solutions partner, has achieved a working channel on GameChanger cable of 1006' with no repeaters.  CodeBlue, a security product and solution company, sees the value in longer channels to support their customers.   A summary of the application follows in this blog.  

According to Code Blue's tech department

"We hooked it all up and used our CB 5-s unit with your cable and it works great. Overall distance is 1006' connected to a 802.3af switch. The cable runs into a PoE splitter in our unit. The splitter then is powering our blue light, our faceplate light, and our IP5000 speakerphone. This is a nice product."

 

 

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May 8, 2018

Lengthonomics

Short cables can be short-sighted.  Singlemode fiber that used to be considered primarily for backbone and extended distances, may hold an advantage by taking advantage of larger switch chassis models providing greater port utilization.  For copper,  longer distances remove additional points of failure, power draw, and risk.   

While there are applications for short reach copper and fiber, in some instances these shorter reach cables increase the overall costs of a communication from point A to point B.  This is where lengthonomics should be considered.  

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April 16, 2018

SIA at ISC West 2018 Best in Video Surveillance Hardware and Accessories

We did it again!  GameChanger voted best in Video Surveillance Hardware and Accessories in the #SIA pavilion at #ISCWEST 2018.  The security show features new hardware, software, and accessories for the security industry.  This is the second award in less than a year for the GameChanger cable.  

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March 22, 2018

State of the Data Center - Tides are Shifting

Data center marketing and think tanks would have us believe that everyone is going to cloud or colo, everyone is implementing DCIM, and everyone is well doing whatever it is that they are marketing at the moment.  While these things are certainly at play in many data centers, we challenge that "everyone" isn't doing anything outside of trying to secure their data regardless of location.  That is really the only one thing that everyone is doing.  A recent survey conducted by AFCOM details just how far off trend predictors can be when it comes to data centers in 2019.  There were certainly some surprises!

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