LinkWare Live passes 50M results uploaded as cabling contractors adopt the free cloud-based software for the new remote workplace
One result of the COVID-19 pandemic was the acceleration of digital transformation in business, government, and education. While many organizations were already on the path to going digital, the pandemic created a critical need to move ahead more quickly than originally planned.
April 13, 2021
How to Test if Your Ethernet Cables Support PoE
Power of Ethernet (PoE) is combining power and data communications in a single cable. As it’s become more and more popular, there are a huge array of devices that source and consume power and data through the same cable. Do all Ethernet cables support PoE? No, they don’t. So, how can you be sure the cables you selected can support PoE operation? Fluke Networks’ Jim Davis walks though the steps to make sure your cabling is ready to support PoE operation using an DSX CableAnalyzer.
April 8, 2021
Testing Profinet: The Basics
We all know by now that Ethernet has infiltrated the factory floor as the communication protocol of choice for exchanging data between devices and controllers, with applications like Modbus, EtherCat, EtherNet/IP and Profinet that are all based on Ethernet. The two leading applications—EtherNet/IP and Profinet together account for about 60% of the market, as both excel in supporting deterministic communication for real-time data and control.
March 24, 2021
Standards Update, February 2021
I bet you are all wondering what installed fiber optic testing standards are in process for this year. Here is a short list by committees for those of you that want to keep up to date.
March 10, 2021
Why Linus Sebastian of Linus Tech Tips Loves Using the Fluke CertiFiber Pro to Inspect, Test, and Certify Fiber Optic Cable
February 24, 2021
What’s an Expanded Beam Fiber Connector?
In the premises and data center infrastructure world, most of us are familiar with typical fiber connectors like duplex LC, SC and ST connectors and multi-fiber MPOs. Perhaps you’ve also heard about expanded beam fiber connectors or have encountered a scenario that requires them.
In case you aren’t familiar with these connectors, their applications and testing considerations, we thought we’d help you “expand” your knowledge.
February 9, 2021
Fiber Certification Testing: All You Really Need is Loss, Length (and Sometimes Reflectance)
As data speeds increase and new fiber applications emerge, there has been some confusion surrounding fiber testing parameters and whether insertion loss testing is enough to guarantee support for high-speed applications.
Other than new short-reach singlemode applications that are more susceptible to reflections and therefore take connector reflectance into consideration, insertion loss testing, length and polarity are really all you need for Tier 1 certification testing.
January 19, 2021
Considerations for Using Hybrid Copper-Fiber Cable
In a previous blog, we covered what to do when you need to connect a device that is located beyond the 100-meter distance requirement and described four ways to address the problem—a new TR, the use of an extender device, extended-reach copper cable and fiber.
January 12, 2021
End of Year Reflections
When Winston Churchill said that the holiday season is not only one of rejoicing but also of reflection, he didn’t know that 2020 would be the year that family gatherings are kept to a minimum and parties take place over Zoom and FaceTime.
December 28, 2020
Is Power over Ethernet Safe?
Power over Ethernet (PoE) has been around now for several years, starting with Type 1 PoE (IEEE 802.3af) introduced in 2003 that delivers up to 15.4 W, with 13 W available for the device. That was followed by Type 2 PoE (sometimes referred to as PoE Plus) that delivers up to 30 W, with 25.5 W available for the device.
December 16, 2020