Choosing Ethernet Network Building Blocks: A Quick Guide

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Introduction Modern professional spaces, whether sophisticated offices or hardcore labor-oriented industries require strong communication networks throughout the day. Something beyond the strength of ordinary internet networking and that is where Ethernet comes in. Installed in software and hardware devices, Ethernet is embedded in the systems to build a local area network. It is one of […]

Intelegent L.E.D. lighting systems

As many individuals and business people look for ways to save money one of the big ideas that seems to becoming more practical as prices go down is L.E.D. lighting that would replace existing lighting in your residence or office.  Like many new technologies, they start out quite pricey and sometimes there are a few […]

Testing, Testing… 1, 2, 3

Testing a cable neatly coiled up in front of you with both ends of a terminated cable within reach is one thing, but when the ends are separated it’s another matter. In just 3 simple steps you can test terminated cables that begin and end in separate rooms, allowing you to get through your task […]

Solid or Stranded?

Are we talking about billiards?  A shipwreck?  The TV show Survivor?  Nope, cables!  Of course, what else would we talk about here at Falcon Tech’s Live Wire Blog! Cables have many different ratings and the cable you choose will depend on your installation needs.  For more information on cable options read here.  Cables that are […]

Ethernet – Half-Duplex vs. Full-Duplex

Did you know there are two different wiring scenarios for Ethernet? The first is half-duplex, which uses one wire pair. The other is full-duplex which uses two wire pairs. When using half-duplex Ethernet, signals can collide because data transmissions flow in both directions over a shared pair of wires. Full-duplex Ethernet, on the other hand, […]

How Big is Your Byte?

Bits, Bytes, Megabytes, Gigabytes, Terabytes… someday might there even be an “Infinibyte?”  All these terms, and more, are used to describe data storage space on a disk.  The amount of storage space used by computer files continues to rise.  At data’s most basic level a bit is the amount of space needed to store a […]

IEEE – Smart Travel

The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the world’s largest technical professional association.  One of many projects currently underway is the IEEE’s development of advanced technology to be used in mass transit and road traffic computing and communications systems.  The goal is to incorporate new security, wireless, sensor, robotics and other technologies into […]

RJ – Registered Jack

In data communications, the acronym RJ stands for Registered Jack.  Registered Jacks are electrical connector designs registered with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). A number is added to the RJ designation (RJ-##) to further identify the connector. RJ connectors are typically used with twisted pair wiring. RJ-11, RJ-12 and RJ-14 are the most common 4-conductor […]


That is the question!  If Shakespeare had invented these words, what definitions might he have given them?  We shall never know as it was another great inventor who was around when muxing and demuxing, or multiplexing and demultiplexing, came into existence.  Alexander Graham Bell became interested in telecommunications when he began working on the possibility […]

VGA over CAT5

Tired of blurry images? Then you should try extending, or boosting, your VGA signal over CAT5 cable! A VGA Extender is an electronic device that increases the signal strength from a VGA port allowing long distance transmission, most often from a computer, while maintaining crisp and clear resolution. The best part is the devices are […]