Cabling Chronicles

A Closer Look at Industrial Ethernet Cables

Last month, we published a blog about the various industrial Ethernet connectors including M-series and some new small form factor connectors like the iX and emerging single-pair Ethernet connectors. But what good is a connector designed to withstand the industrial environment without a cable that offers the same protection?

February 20, 2020

Industrial Ethernet Cable Problems - MICE

Industrial Ethernet is very sensitive to delays caused by dropped or damaged data frames (sometimes called packets).  Just a few dropped or damaged packets can cause a machine to shut down.  These problems are often intermittent and can be caused by harsh industrial environments.

February 13, 2020

Get in the Know at the BICSI Winter Conference!

Planning to attend the upcoming BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition on February 9-13 at the Tampa Bay Convention Center in Tampa, FL?

Fluke Networks is offering plenty of educational opportunities to learn all about fiber, Industrial Ethernet and more.  And you can stop by the Fluke Networks’ Booth #310 during exhibiting hall hours for hands-on demonstrations and one-on-one time with our experts.

February 6, 2020

What Went Wrong with the Insertion Loss?

Have you ever carefully calculated insertion loss during the design phase and then passed your permanent link testing after installation only to find out that the channel isn’t performing once it went live?

January 30, 2020

Sometimes…It’s the Cable

There’s an ad that says, “We know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two.”  With billions of links certified by our testers and something like five more every second of every business day, we’ve seen just about every possible cabling problem.  Which means we’ve seen plenty of bad cable.

January 23, 2020

Considerations for Choosing Stranded vs. Solid Cable

You’ve probably heard of balanced twisted-pair copper cabling referred to as either stranded or solid, and if you’re on the fence as to which you should use when and where, you’ve come to the right place. There are plenty of considerations when it comes to choosing, including standards, environment, application and price. Let’s take a look at the differences and delve into these considerations so you know which cable type is right for your specific situation.

January 9, 2020

History of the RJ45: A Case of Mistaken Identity

Our industry commonly uses the term “RJ45” to refer to the modular 8-position, 8-contact (8P8C) interface deployed for Ethernet over copper twisted-pair network cabling despite it pretty much being a case of mistaken identity.

But since the RJ45 name has stuck, we thought maybe we’d take a closer look at the history of this nomenclature and why to this day, it remains the de facto interface for twisted-pair Ethernet applications.

January 2, 2020

This Decade’s Top 5 Tech Flicks for Your Holiday Downtime

As we head into the holidays and a new decade, you may find that you’ve finally got some time to wind down at home as you use up the remainder of this year’s vacation days. And even if you’re stuck in the office keeping the network up and running, it’s a quiet time of year that might warrant a long lunch to watch Netflix on your laptop.

December 17, 2019