Last week the IEEE 802.3bt standard for Type 3 and Type 4 PoE was finally ratified! While we’ve been talking about these higher levels of PoE for quite some time, now that they are finally an approved standard, we thought it was a good time to clear the air on PoE types, classes, and certification, as well as provide a refresher on our specialty—testing.
October 4, 2018
When it comes to a cabling infrastructure, not all media and applications are always the same. So for each and every link, it’s important to be aware of what you’re testing—from both a media type and application standpoint.
September 26, 2018
Last week at the 2018 BICSI Fall Conference in San Antonio, TX, two of Fluke Networks’ solutions were chosen by a panel of top-tier cabling and communications systems specifiers, designers, integrators and managers for making groundbreaking contributions to the structured cabling industry.
September 19, 2018
Polarity defines direction of flow, such as the direction of a magnetic field or an electrical current. In fiber optics, it's The A-B-C’s of Fiber Polarity
To properly send data via light signals, a fiber optic link’s transmit signal (Tx) at one end of the cable must match the corresponding receiver (Rx) at the other end.
While this seems obvious, polarity is one area that seems to cause the most confusion among technicians. So let’s break it down and start at the beginning.
September 11, 2018
At the upcoming BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition on September 9 – 13 at the Henry B. Gonzáles Convention Center, San Antonio, TX, there are plenty of opportunities to learn about the latest technologies, and Fluke Networks is excited to bring you the latest on testing everything from advanced four-pair PoE to passive optical networks (PONs).
September 8, 2018
A wire map test may seem like the most basic test for copper network cabling and therefore one of the least important, but it is actually one of the most critical. And while the pair colors of blue, orange, green and brown might help you pass wire map testing, the test itself really doesn’t care about color at all.
Let’s take a closer look.
September 6, 2018
August 29, 2018
August 22, 2018
The increasing demand for higher bandwidth to support Big Data has driven the need for ever-increasing Ethernet speeds, starting with 10 Gig in 2004 to the introduction in 2010 of 40 Gig with 4 fibers transmitting and 4 fibers receiving at 10 Gbps (40GBASE-SR4) and 100 Gig with 10 fibers transmitting and 10 fibers receiving at 10 Gbps (100GBASE-SR10).
August 15, 2018
It felt like a Monday morning when the call, actually an e-mail, came in. “I think my DSX is broken!” As you know, they are really tough machines and, when it looks like the Fluke is wrong, usually it isn’t.
“What makes you think it is broken?” I asked, “How does this failure manifest itself?”
“The tester is failing links that used to pass.”
August 2, 2018