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Cable Terminology: What’s the Difference?

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Cable Terminology: What’s the Difference?

Sometimes we get so caught up in new technology and trends that we forget about basic cable terminology and the components necessary to establish Layer 0, or network infrastructure, to support this technology. When discussing structured cabling systems, it’s important to make sure that everyone’s on the same page and using the same language. Otherwise, a seemingly simple task or project could develop some bumps in the road due to miscommunication. To begin, structured cabling refers to the design and installation of network infrastructure, and includes all category cabling, fiber and connectivity within. In this blog, we’re going back to the...

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Type 3 and Type 4 are Here!

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Type 3 and Type 4 are Here!

Mark Mullins 2018-10-04 Last week the IEEE 802.3bt standard for Type 3 and Type 4 PoE was finally ratified! While we’ve been talking about these higher levels of PoE for quite some time, now that they are finally an approved standard, we thought it was a good time to clear the air on PoE types, classes, and certification, as well as provide a refresher on our specialty—testing. Type 3 PoE delivers 60W from the power sourcing equipment (PSE) for up to 51W input power at the powered device (PD) and Type 4 PoE delivers 90W from the PSE for up...

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Is Category Cable Enough for 4K/UHD HDBaseT?

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Is Category Cable Enough for 4K/UHD HDBaseT?

Recent discoveries have been made about HDBaseT™ signals over the last few years, impacting the types of cables that are best suited to carry these new signals. As recent test results show, category cables – which are optimized for Ethernet traffic – often struggle with the higher bandwidth requirements of a 4K/UHD HDBaseT signal. The characteristics of category cables are, at times, overkill for HDBaseT applications; other times, category cable characteristics are not sufficient to guarantee a good 4K/UHD signal. HDBaseT is a different type of signal, and 4K video is pushing that limit even further. To help you better...

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