Reel Time 2006-2007 Columns

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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One Way to Skin a CAT

Learn how to properly strip and prepare FTP cable for installation.
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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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Walk the Spline

This article examines the link between splines, twist-rate, and Category 6 cable performance.
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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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Sink or Swim

This article explores the impact of exposure to water on the performance of copper UTP cabling.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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