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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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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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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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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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