USB Type-C

In a recent blog from Leviton, The newest USB version is referred to as the new standard in USB connectors going forward.  Unlike most new technology, this cable has buy-in from most major device manufacturers, such as Apple and Samsung, and will become the new standard in USB. Type-A USB connectors have been the standard […]

10 Dumb Mistakes Smart People Make when Testing Network Cabling Systems

While anyone who installs, tests and certifies a network cabling plant knows the importance of meeting standards performance parameters and ensuring application support, even the best of us can make mistakes that can adversely impact the bottom line and customer satisfaction. In a recent blog from Fluke Networks, ten of the most common mistakes are […]

6 Tips for Presenting with Technology

How people present information has evolved significantly in recent years. As smartphones, tablets, and laptops have become common in conference rooms and classrooms, understanding how emerging audiovisual technologies support these devices and engage your audience can be just as important as knowing your subject matter. While the basics for giving a good presentation haven’t changed, […]

Exploring Dual-Power Feeds in Data Centers

Things like always-on technology, streaming content and cloud adoption are creating high demand for efficient, resilient and fast data centers that never let us down. To meet these needs, dual-power feeds – two independent electrical feeds coming into a data center from the utility company – are becoming more common to reduce the chance of […]

Recognizing Multimode Fiber Types By Color

In a recent blog from Adrian Young from Leviton discusses how to recognize multmode fiber types by color.  Color-coding is a big help when identifying individual fibers, cable, and connectors. For example, cable jacket color typically defines the fiber type, and can differ based on mode and performance level. These colors are typically chosen by […]

Testing Practices for a Picture Perfect AV System

Digital signage and video conferencing are everywhere these days.  You are likely getting more requests to deploy cable plants that support audio-visual systems. Many of these applications utilize HDBaseT or IP-based video transmission, and technology advancements now make it possible to deliver power to video displays simultaneously with these video signals over the same cabling.  When […]

DisplayPort vs. HDMI

New computers, laptops, PDA’s and cell phones have been evolving their video ports from the beginning to not only reduce the physical size but to offer more features with the port than just video. in the attached article from Tripplite the differences between two of the most current video ports are discussed. Click here for […]

The Importance of Grounding and Bonding a Shielded System in the Telecommunications Room

A grounding and bonding system is helpful in protecting your data center and networking equipment, and ensuring that your shielded twisted-pair structured cabling system is reliable and high performing – and isn’t being impacted by transmission errors or unwanted noise. In a recent article from Belden, Ron Tellas discusses proper methods to ground and bond a shielded […]

Upgrading to Four-Pair PoE: What You Need to Know

POE has been evolving very quickly over the last several years. The standards have been expanded to cover much higher power requirements as well as how it is being sent over category cable. In a recent post from Mark Mullins of Fluke Networks some of the latest updates are discussed. Click here for the article:

Centralized vs. Decentralized UPS Systems

One of the first steps in choosing the most appropriate UPS solution is deciding whether to use a centralized or decentralized setup. While both have their advantages, knowing how to answer this question depends on a number of factors. In a recent article from Tripp-lite   five key things are discussed to consider when deciding between a […]