Reel Time 2008-2009 Columns

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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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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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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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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