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February 15, 2019

Parking Structure Security and Systems

Parking lots are getting smarter and more feature rich for security reasons and the convenience of both parker and lot owner.  After a Wisconsin nurse was killed in a parking garage attached to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, nurses and other hospital workers say they have long worried about their safety arriving and leaving work, sometimes in poorly lit parking garages that lack security staff, according to USA Today.

This is a tragic event that highlights the need for security in outside areas of the buildings as well as the inside areas and perimeters of buildings.  The problem with many of these applications is getting power to the various locations for emergency phones, cameras, and connectivity services for alarms.  The GameChanger cable is here to help with all of these issues at a fraction of the cost with lower risk than using repeaters and transceivers.   

Whether you are adding security to your structure or some of the new smart parking features provided by a variety of suppliers, or emergency phones, the components need to be cabled and powered.  

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January 29, 2019

MPTL

What defines a channel?  Historically a channel is comprised of a patch panel (or few) the cable, an outlet and of course the patch cables that connect the channel to the active equipment.  The problem with a traditional channel is that there are an increasing number of non-traditional devices that range anywhere from WAPs (Wireless Access points), LED lighting connections, sensors, Cameras, etc. that don't land at a work area and it is not always feasible to have an outlet in the areas where these devices live.  This is further complicated by the fact that once installed, they can be difficult to remediate, locate and the outlets add an expense that may argue is not necessary to the function of the cable.  Enter MPTL (Modular Plug Terminated Link).  

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January 10, 2019

Testing RFC 2544 and GameChanger

RFC 2544 Testing can be completed on either Local Area Networks or Wide Area Networks.  RFC 2544 defines a specific set of tests that can be used to evaluate equipment performance. It defines a set of 4 tests – Throughput, Latency, Frame Loss Rate, and Back-to-back frames.  So what happens if this testing occurs over extended length cables like the patent-pending GameChanger?  

We have already illustrated the significant cost savings or lengthonomics of GameChanger over other solutions that are length limited to 100m.  With length optimized cables, the standards are exceeded to the benefit of the end user.   Benefits include the elimination of extra IDF locations or intermediate power locations, decreased complexity of the environment, decreased risks that arise when additional repeaters and transceivers are introduced into the channel, and a significantly simplified infrastructure.  In this blog, we will look specifically at RFC 2544 testing, what it means and how it, too, can be length optimized. 

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November 15, 2018

Testing versus Guessing

  • Is there a way to test a GameChanger copper channel over 100m for application support?  This question has come up on more than one occasion and the simple answer is, yes.  For those of you that don't know what the GameChanger cable is, it is a cable that supports extended distance Ethernet applications with PoE+ support without the need for intermediate IDFs, repeaters/extenders or transceivers.   The ability to certify a cable prior to active equipment being installed eliminates one area for troubleshooting and allows the channel to be documented upon turnover to a customer.  

Paige is proud to announce that we are now in the vendor test section of the DSX CableAnalyzer series of testers from leading test manufacturer, Fluke.  

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October 5, 2018

Living on the Edge, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Extenders and Repeaters

In order to reach the outer limits of construction, parking garages, warehouses, retail areas and the like, one this is aparent, 100m doesn't work. Multiple options exist, and in this week's blog, we look at these options. It is important to understand that channels and needed equipment outside of 100m is becoming more common with the increase in cameras, both low and high definition, WAPs (Wireless Access Points), and other equipment on the periphery needed to secure and communicate. Many of these systems can operate over twisted pair cabling. However, very few are designed to operate natively over fiber.

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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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