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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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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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