Cabling Chronicles

Cable Testing 101: Measuring Insertion Loss for Fiber and Copper

The amount of energy that a signal loses as it travels along a cable link used to be referred to as attenuation--the verb attenuate being defined by Merriam Webster as "to reduce the force, effect or value of something."

August 18, 2016

How to Measure the Loss in the APC Connector?

This question often gets asked in my classes at the same time as when talking about launch methods using launch and tail fibers. So let’s talk about launch fiber compensation.

August 11, 2016

Understanding POH: The Power Behind HDBaseT Technology

 Last month we posted a blog about HDBaseT that explained the application and how testing isn't really any different since standards-based Category 5e, 5 or 6A will support it. But maybe you've also heard about power over HDBaseT, or POH, and you're wondering how that differs from power over Ethernet (PoE).

A Little Bit More

August 4, 2016

All About Alien Crosstalk Measurement

Alien crosstalk is a relatively new measurement that’s widely misunderstood. I’m often asked why it’s an important measurement and if it’s required to be measured by the standards. Also misunderstood is the sampling criteria for alien crosstalk measurements, which are applied so that not all links have to be tested?

July 21, 2016

Demystifying Fiber Test Methods – Back to Basics

INTRODUCTION

July 19, 2016

Cable Testing 101: What is the Difference Between OM3 and OM4?

 

Blogpost Series IconOM3 and OM4 multimode fiber are two common types of fiber used in local area networks--typically in backbone cabling between telecommunications rooms and in the data center between main networking and storage area network (SAN) switches.

July 14, 2016

All Versiv Models Updated With New Software Version

New Versiv Version 4.8 Build 1 code and LinkWare PC 9.6 now available

We’ve just released a new version of code for all cable certification Versiv models and we think you’re going to like what you see.

July 7, 2016

New App to Streamline Cable Labeling - iLink&Label

While probably one the least talked about standards, and one that is often considered voluntary, the TIA-606-B labeling standard exists for a reason.

An unlabeled infrastructure results in an unmanageable mess that ultimately makes every reconfiguration and troubleshooting task a time-consuming, frustrating and costly tracing game of hunt and peck.

June 22, 2016