What’s On Tap?
For those of you who got excited at the thought of happy hour when your customer requested a TAP, we thought you could use a little tutorial on these data traffic monitoring devices, the difference between passive and active TAPs, and some of the key considerations.
April 16, 2020
Electromagnetic Interference Mitigation in Industrial Ethernet Cabling
While standard and Industrial installations of Ethernet share many of the same characteristics, such as frame sizes, signal levels and data rates, there are significant differences as well. One of these is the physical environment in which the cabling system operates.
April 9, 2020
Industrial Ethernet vs. Commercial
We all know that Ethernet is the de facto physical layer communication protocol for data transmission between devices in a local area or wide area network. It has evolved over the years to deliver higher levels of performance while maintaining backwards compatibility, reliability and relatively low cost, which is why it has maintained its popularity.
April 2, 2020
Testing Plug-Terminated Links—Internationally
The Modular Plug Terminated Link, or MPTL, where a horizontal cable run terminated on one end to an RJ-45 plug connects directly into a device, has become increasingly popular for connecting a variety of devices—from wireless access points and security cameras, to PoE lights and video displays—essentially wherever it’s deemed impractical or unsafe to deploy an outlet and equipment cord.
March 26, 2020
The Ins and Outs of Third-Party Certification
Likely you’ve noticed that cable, patch cords and connecting hardware from reputable manufacturers are promoted and labeled as third-party certified, verified or listed. Third-party certification is an extremely important part of our industry, giving you peace of mind that your chosen manufacturer has independently determined that their products comply with industry standards.
March 20, 2020
Since the last standards update, I represented Fluke Networks and attended the TR42 meeting in New Orleans and the SC25 WG3 meeting in Sydney Australia. The following are some of the highlights worth noting.
March 9, 2020
Make Sure Your Cabling Plant is Ready for Wi-Fi 6
Our last post covered the technologies for Wi-Fi 6 and 6E. If you’ve decided that you want some of that good stuff in your network, you need to make sure your cabling plant is ready.
March 5, 2020
So You Want to Upgrade to Wi-Fi 6?
In the first of this two-part post, we’ll discuss the new and upcoming Wi-Fi 6 standards and the performance benefits. Our subsequent post will cover how to make sure that your cabling plant is ready.
February 27, 2020
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