Category Installation & Cabling

For IT Components, Smoke Damage is Killer

While fire damage is costly and can destroy a company’s physical assets, there is another factor that comes into play when it comes to fire which is the irreversible damage to IT and telecom equipment that is caused by smoke…. Continue Reading →

Household Hot Spots for Intrusion Detection

The current methods and devices used for the installation of intrusion detection systems in homes has evolved over time to help reduce false alarms while providing a reasonable level of security for homeowners. Because most residential burglars enter houses through… Continue Reading →

Solving the Problem of Tangled Cable

Every cable installer has experienced the pain of tangled cable on the jobsite, and that’s why Honeywell Cable has recently introduced REACT™ packaging, which was designed with the contractor’s needs in mind to help save time and money on the… Continue Reading →

Take the ADI Skills Challenge at CEDIA EXPO 2014

You’re invited to take the ADI Skills Challenge at the CEDIA EXPO taking place this week in Denver. The ADI Skills Challenge, Powered by CEDIA, gives you an opportunity to have a little fun at the show and put your… Continue Reading →

Fiber Optic Basics – the Orange and the Yellow

There are two basic types of fiber optic strands in use today. Multimode fiber typically has a 62.5 or 50 micron core size, and is limited in distance to approximately two miles. Singlemode fiber has a core size of 9 microns… Continue Reading →

Flashlight Testing of Existing Fiber Optic Links

Once you confirmed the type of existing fiber by checking the markings on the cable, the next step is to see whether the specific fiber link that is going to be used is functional, and. not broken. This test can… Continue Reading →

Identifying Existing Fiber Optic Links

Many security dealers are learning to take advantage of the millions of existing unused or dark fiber optic links that have already been installed in many commercial properties. These valuable communication paths are often found in factories, campuses of buildings,… Continue Reading →

RJ-45 Female Socket Termination and Connection Issues

Continuing on the discussion of common network connections we will now talk about the female RJ-45 socket. As with its male counterpart the RJ-45 socket is a standardized connector widely used in IP networking. When examining an IP-enabled device that… Continue Reading →

RJ-45 Male Plug Termination and Connection Issues

Whether we like it or not, alarm technicians who are installing and servicing IP-enabled physical security devices must become proficient in the use of RJ-45 male plugs and female sockets.  These types of connection are completely standardized for all local… Continue Reading →

Fiber Optic Cleaving – Key to Quality Connectors and Splices

To prepare a fiber end for a connector or splice, the end of the fiber must be cleaved to a 90 degree flat end. This is needed because when a fiber end is inserted into a connector or splice, it… Continue Reading →

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