Cabling Chronicles

Tips to Identify Copper Clad Aluminium (CCA) Cables

 

So you came across some Category 6 cable available online for practically half what you've been paying for that brand name. It claims TIA-568-C compliance, includes the UL listing mark and even has a ETL verification legend printed right on the cable. Before you get too excited, you might want to make sure that cable isn't made with copper clad aluminum (CCA).

January 18, 2017

Goodbye 2016. You Weren’t ALL Bad

 

All over the news and social media, 2016 has gotten a pretty bum rap.

With everything from shootings, terrorist attacks and the weirdest presidential election in history, to exploding cell phones, scary clown threats and numerous celebrity deaths, 2016 has been denoted as the worst year ever.

January 4, 2017

How to Save Money and Time in Testing Fibers with SmartLoop

The only way to get correct values when performing Tier 2 testing of duplex fiber links with an OTDR is via bidirectional testing that averages the measurements taken from both ends of the link.

Bidirectional testing used to involve testing the fiber from one end, walking the OTDR to the other end to test again and then averaging the two values to get the results—and it had to be done for each link.

December 30, 2016

Testing New Cable Tester in 2017

 

It's that time of year again when we take a look at what we predict to be next year's biggest trends in testing.

Obviously the Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to be a major driver in all things network cabling--from the LAN where we will see more devices than ever residing on copper twisted-pair network cabling, to the data center where demand for high speed fiber links continues to expand as companies are faced with the need to access, transmit and store more data than ever before.

December 14, 2016

How Accurate is Your Optical Loss Test Set?

You have just made a loss measurement using an Optical Loss Test Set (OLTS). The measurement was made to a test limit, the result was a PASS, and the margin was provided. Have you ever thought about how much margin is acceptable?

December 1, 2016

Much to be Thankful for

There is much to be thankful for in our industry these days as market growth continues to be fueled by the IoT and big data driving the need for LAN and data center upgrades.

November 23, 2016

Bi-Direction Testing with an OTDR

STANDARD OR APPLICATION NOTE

November 17, 2016

Cable Testing 101: How to Read the LinkWare™ PC Report?

In our last 101 Series Blog, we took at closer look at everything in blue at the top of your LinkWare Report. But what if your customer wants you to explain the detail and those pretty charts to the right?

Let's dive deeper so you're prepared for that possibility.

November 10, 2016

Cable Testing 101: Understanding Your LinkWare Report

So you used your DSX-5000 to test some recently installed copper network runs for your customer. You can easily see on your tester if the link failed or passed for the application you were testing, but now your customer wants a customized report showing the detail. 

November 3, 2016