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November 12, 2019

The Heat is On: GameChanger Elevated to Meet High-Power PoE at Longer Distances

It’s been a year since high-power PoE was defined and ratified by IEEE 802.3bt. So, what has changed in the low-voltage industry and what are the challenges for system designers and contractors when selecting and installing cables for high data and high power?

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October 22, 2019

Industry Award Winner GameChanger Cable Granted Patent

Paige Datacom’s patent-pending GameChanger Cable™ is pending no more. This innovative cable, which won recognition as a Cabling Installation and Maintenance (CI&M) platinum award-winning product, secured its validated patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This patent ends the three-year quest to become the first four-pair datacom cable to perform beyond the 100-meter channel distance for Ethernet data and power (PoE).

 

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May 22, 2019

But what about Coax?

We have long talked about the significant savings using GameChanger cable compared to other twisted pair copper and fiber distribution systems.  I this week's blog, we discuss the options for video and Ethernet distribution methods over coaxial cable and the converters required to transmit the signals for EoC (Ethernet over Coax), PoC (Power over Coax,  and MoCA (Multimedia over CoAx).

There is a large amount of coax installed and there are ways, although more expensive than a new install, to use it for Ethernet. On new installations, GameChanger shines removing complexity, AC power requirements, converter needs, and overall simplicity and cost.  

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April 3, 2019

Is it Time to Upgrade Your Pathways and Practice Proper Abatement?

We have all see the images of "cabling fails" that include blobs of cables similar to the picture above.  These are self-inflicted wounds stemming from a failure to care, poor change management procedures, or inexperience as to proper cable routing practices.  Sometimes, the mess is simply due to cable plants growing out of need rather than planning.  Regardless of the reason, there is a risk in leaving the mess.  

As we expand and upgrade existing cabling systems, we also need to pay attention to the pathways that house them.  This includes ladder racks, basket trays, hook systems, cabinets, and all cable management systems.  Often viewed as a once installed and done, that is not always the case over time.  Upgrades and abatements are a good time to check fill ratios, weight limits, grounding/bonding, and just the general health of the cables contained in these systems. 

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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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