Major Installations, Case Studies & Articles

ISC West 2012 Wrap Up

4/17/12
For the fifth year in a row as an exhibitor, Berk-Tek draws the audience to the OneReach PoE extender, which won the New Product Showcase last year.
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Unique Cabling Challenges in Healthcare

The TIA-1179 Healthcare Facility Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard addresses the cabling infrastructure within specific areas and provides cabling selection and installation guidelines.
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The Short and Long of PoE Cabling

One of the greatest advantages to using structured cabling for IP devices, such as security cameras, is employing PoE, which eliminates a separate power cable to the device.  Read about cabling basics for PoE.
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The Direct Attach Controversy

6/13/11
A hot debate amongst the standards' followers is whether the direct attach method is going to be a standards' compliant termination method.  Berk-Tek steps up and offers a warranty.
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BICSI Winter 2011 Wrap-Up

2/11/11
Berk-Tek was a very visible participant at the 2011 BICSI (Building Industry Consulting Service International, Inc.) Winter Conference, held in January at the Rosen Shingle Creek Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, in the exhibit hall and through technical presentations. 
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New Berk-Tek Product Catalog Now Available

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Reduce Your Losses

12/10/10

Reduce your losses by specifying pre-term fiber optic assemblies in the data center.  Read about the benefits and tips on how to best design this as a cassette system to assure the lowest signal loss.      

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Unique Solutions for Unique Markets

Read about Berk-Tek's new security solutions -- a system to extend PoE to further distances and a Direct Attach (plug-ended horizontal cable).
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Top of the Class in Campus Networking

Read about how standards and cabling progressed over 30 years to give George Mason University top grades in network capabilities, which culminated into their own campus standards and state-of-the art data center 
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The Emergence of OM3 Fiber

7/19/10
Read Mike Connaughton's article on the emergence of OM3 -- how and why it was created answering the bandwidth explosion and the birth of the aqua cable.
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Media Menu for the Data Center

6/18/10
Data centers have evolved from mainframe computer rooms to today's high-speed bandwidths heading towards 40 Gig to 100 Gig.  What cable media and what protocol will work best? Read about the choices.
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Clarifying Cable Ratings

5/18/10
What's the difference between the ratings and terms: ETL vs UL, Verified vs. Certified. Read to get in the know...
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Auditing Cable

4/15/10
Have you been ever been audited? On-going audits of Berk-Tek cables are part of a cable verification program by ETL. Read why third-party testing of both product and process makes a difference in reliability, safety and is the best return-on-investment.

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Are You Social?

3/18/10

What exactly is the structured cabling industry doing online in the new Web 2.0 world? Get introduced to some of the groups  available to anyone interested in joing the conversation.

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Think You Know Jack

In the real world of security camera installations, often a workstation outlet or junction box cannot be located near the camera. Therefore installers are direct attaching the horizontal cable to the camera. Berk-Tek is looking at ways to test and warrant this plug-ended solution. 

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Bending Cabling Standards

2/12/10
Time to assess your total Information Transport System (ITS) to make sure that “convergent” applications, outside the realm of data and voice, can truly jump on your existing network. Although the IP convergence movement has been circling the telecommunications industry since before the turn of this century, it is finally upon us. But even with all the anticipation, is your infrastructure really ready? How will your infrastructure landscape change? Read about unique challenges when structured cabling moves to the security world
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Pushing Distance Limitations for Security Cabling

1/14/10

One of the biggest concerns to of security system designers when designing a network camera scenario is the Ethernet distance limitations. Find out how to stay within these borders and how to push beyond.

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2009:A Year of Standards Upgrades

12/11/09

2009 was a year that brought major industry cabling standards up-to-date. See our pick of the top three that will change the face of cabling, while getting a peek into important standards’ working groups for 2010.

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Color by Numbers

Did you know that the color of the outside jacket of a fiber optic cable should define the fiber properties? Know the difference when selecting yellow, orange or aqua, but know your manufacturer…  

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Tick Off Sticky Icky Pick

10/14/09

"Icky-pick" is the term coined for that icky gel that is placed within an outdoor-rated cable (both fiber optic and copper cables). Installers don't like it, but it has its purposes to protect the cable conductors and fiber strands.  Berk-Tek developed an alternative solution.

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It's a round, round world

It’s a fact that round fiber optic cables have their advantages in the data center space. Round fiber optic cables vs. ribbon style are the way to go for backbone cables! This article compares the MDP to traditional ribbon cables.  Read on.
 

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Follow the Light

8/10/09

This article explores your best options for selecting pre-terminated assemblies that will allow you to support your needs today, for 10 Gb Ethernet and for 40/100 Gb Ethernet.

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Caution - Wet Paint

 Enemy #1 of telecommunications cable is liquid. They simply do not mix. It is a misconception that because copper (UTP and FTP) cables are covered with a durable plastic-based jacketing material to protect copper conductors, that they are also impervious to water or any fluids. Not so. Read on...

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Copper Cable Crap Shoot

6/15/09

Buyer beware if you do not know the cable brand before buying and installing. The price may be lower, but the product can produce higher costs in the long run.

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Category 6 vs. Category 5e

5/18/09

Category 6 vs. Category 5e is the never-ending debate in the copper cable world.  Does it come down to asking, “Is it a need to have or a nice to have?”  And, what are some of the decision criteria?  Simply put the main advantages are higher bandwidth and better performance. But what about cost and diameter?

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Roadmap to an Efficient Data Center

The AAA National Office (Heathrow, FL) provides support services to the network of AAA and CAA (Canadian Automobile Association) clubs serving 1,500 members across North America. In a recent redesign of their data center, which includes the NetClear GTX 10-Gigabit UTP copper solution running 10GBASE-T as the backbone, they increased their capacity, enhanced redundancy, and doubled previous cooling capacity. Read the details in this article (reprinted from Cabling Business Magazine, October 2008)

 
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How It’s Made: Twisted Pair Cables

4/15/09

Ever wonder how twisted pair cable is manufactured? In answer to a curious mind, the REEL TIME article takes a step-by-step look at the manufacturing processes of a twisted pair cable. Read the entire article….

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Fret Paint

4/15/09

Paint and telecom cables are not a good mix.  The March 2009 Reel Time article discusses how a cable's properties can be affected when exposed to paint.

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Balancing Act

2/28/09

What does it mean for cable to be balanced?  Cable balance is a critical electrical characteristic that will affect the performance of your entire network.  Get the details.

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1, 2, 3 … Oh My, 4

1/30/09

Defining OM (Optical Multimode) cables, as designated by ISO/IEC 11801 international standards, includes characterizing fiber performance (bandwidth), light sources and distance relative to bandwidth. This article takes a look at OM1, 2, 3 and proposed OM4.

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It’s All About Skew

12/30/08

 “Skew” affects both UTP and fiber cabling. But, as bandwidth requirements are being defined in the 40- and 100-gigabit range, skew will become a major factor in defining fiber cable performance.

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Defining Structured Cabling

11/28/08

This article asks industry experts their definition of structured cabling. Read the many varied answers.

 
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Cable Quality Differences – Seeing is Believing

10/30/08

When it comes to video, cable selection does make a difference in the picture. Read how and see the pictorial comparison.

 
 
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Cracking the Color Code

7/30/08

This article takes a look at the logic and history behind the color-coding of UTP conductors.

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Taking the LEED

The June 2008 Reel Time article clarifies and defines how the cabling industry can participate and gain benefits in the environmental programs currently taking shape.  

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Reduce your Losses: Fiber Cassettes in the Data Center

The April 2008 Reel Time article explores the possibilities for fiber cassettes in the data center.

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Battle of the Sixes

Why are there so many Category 6 copper cabling options available on the market today? And how different are they from one another, really? Read the March 2008 Reel Time column to get answers to these questions and others.

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Separation Anxiety: Closing the Loop on Armored Cable

When selecting armored fiber, what additional steps are required to ensure proper grounding & bonding? Read this August 2007 Reel Time Article for an in depth look at this question. 

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Suited Up: Optical Cable with Interlocking Armor

What can you do to protect your fiber optic cable plant while also reducing installation time and expense? Read this February 2007 Reel Time article to find out.

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Go For the Green

What can structured cabling manufacturers do to help green the planet? This December 2007 Reel Time column explores the reality, and the hype surrounding the green movement in the structured cabling industry. 

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Partnering for Performance

Read this article to gain insight into the ways in which specially designed and partnered system offerings can help you to boost your network's performance.
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Fiber Polarity Rules

This article explores the issues and concerns that surround polarity and the selection of connectivity for fiber optic cabling.
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CCTV Cabling Considerations

This May 2008 Reel Time article addresses standards, distances, cable types, connectivity and peripheral components needed for both analog and IP CCTV applications.

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Walk the Spline

This article examines the link between splines, twist-rate, and Category 6 cable performance.
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Carving Up Tight Buffered Premises Optical Cable

This article is intended to provide you with some field experience that will help you avoid the “gotcha’s” possible when working with tight buffered optical cabling.

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One Way to Skin a CAT

Learn how to properly strip and prepare FTP cable for installation.
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When Size Matters

 As technology evolves in every industry, everything that gets smaller, also seems to get better – from cell phones to iPODs to cameras. So, why should it be any different in the cable industry? This article will look at recent developments in copper and fiber cabling technology and attempt to answer, “Why is cable getting smaller and why is this better?”

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CCTV Update; Run Fiber Run

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Don’t Judge A Cable By Its Cover

This article explores the color-coding standards for optical fiber cable.
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Sink or Swim

This article explores the impact of exposure to water on the performance of copper UTP cabling.
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A Cool Data Center

Learn how Berk-Tek products enabled Perkin Elmer to create the right data center solution.
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Category 5e vs. 6

This article explores the question of why Category 6 UTP cable is the superior choice to Category 5e UTP cable for many installations, and why the question of when to use each grade of cable still persists.
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Get A Grip

Interlocking armor cable was developed to be installed indoors in both plenum and riser spaces without the use of conduit. Soon after, indoor/outdoor versions became available. Armored cable is robust, but yet special care and consideration must be taken to properly install the cable. This article details the best practices for such operations.

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The Loose Tube Advantage for Data Center Applications

Utmost consideration must be given to the detailed planning and designing of an efficient data center for reliability and longevity, whether the scenario is large or small. This article (Cabling Installation & Maintenance, December 2006) examines the pros and cons of various optical fiber cable constructions.

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UTP for CCTV

Deploying CCTV over UTP offers advantages that include smaller size, easier termination and no need for a separate cable for remote camera power. This article (August 2006 Reel Time, Cabling Business Magazine) discusses testing conducted by the Nexans DCCC (Data Communications Competence Center) at Berk-Tek’s New Holland, PA facility that compares video quality and signal output of “best case” RG-6U type coaxial cable with various Berk-Tek UTP cables.
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To Shield or Not To Shield

This September 2006 Reel Time column from Cabling Business offers an answer to the question of when is specifying shielded copper cabling the best choice.
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Redundancy Rules

This case study focuses on how the team at AQR Capital Management ensured the availability of their network by using NetClear MM10 & NetClear GT3 solutions. (Published in Communications News, October 2006) 
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Picking on Icky Pick

This Q&A column originally printed in Cabling Business News in December 2006 provides guidance and explanations on the topic of gel vs. no-gel fillers for loose tube fiber optic cables.
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Fiber in the First Mile

With the continued rapid expansion of Internet, satellite, wireless and community antenna television (CATV) services, would-be content providers are faced with the need to install high-bandwidth enterprise or “first mile” network infrastructures. These networks will likely include fiber-rich campus backbones, data centers (DC), and storage area networks (SAN)  and enable exciting new services such as distance learning, E-commerce and telemedicine. - Communications News- July 2006
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The Stray CAT: Category 7

Now that Ethernet 10GBASE-T (IEEE 802.3an) is ratified and published, specifiers and end users are looking at the cable options to assure an efficient 10 GbE channel for their networks. The major­ity of U.S. installers tend to narrow the selection to Category 6 UTP, FTP or Augmented Category 6 (otherwise known as CAT 6A). However, there is one approved Category cable that seems to get very little attention in the U.S. that would provide future proofing to beyond 10 Gb/s, namely Category 7. (Originally published in Cabling Business Magazine, November 2006)

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Pre-Terminated vs. Field Terminated

This article, the July 2006 Reel Time column for Cabling Business Magazine, discusses the pro's and con's of the two major approaches to fiber optic cable termination.
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A Reel Time Cable Solution

A major contractor was challenged with providing a consistent structured cabling layout for multiple applications and multiple networks. For this REL TIME column, we are presenting a real life installation scenario. The original system design, which encompassed a fairly straight-forward 50-micron fiber backbone and Category 6 copper for the horizontal data, voice and video cable runs, quickly turned into a mélange of applications and complex networks. Read how the installer was able to readjust the infrastructure design to fit the customer’s needs.

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LAN cabling’s new role

This article traces the changing marketplace for cabling as it relates to video-surveillance systems.
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