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2018-11-28

An Exception to Every Rule

An Exception to Every Rule

You’re watching a baseball game, the batter hits a fair infield fly ball, and the umpire calls the batter out even though the ball isn’t caught.

You might be thinking, “Hey, that’s not the rule.” But in fact, if the umpire judges that the ball “can” be caught by an infielder with runners on first and second base (or bases loaded) and there’s less than two outs, it’s considered an “infield fly” and the batter is out to prevent a double or triple play. 

2018-11-20

Another Year of Thanks!

It’s that time of year again to give thanks! We are thankful for market growth continuing to be fueled by the IoT and Big Data, and for all the noteworthy standards ratifications that happened this year. We also wanted to take a minute to let all of our Cabling Chronicles blog fans know just how thankful we are that you continue to read our blog. We are committed to providing you with expert, valuable information to keep you informed about what's new in the world of cabling, testing and standards. 

2018-11-13

Get to know Lengthonomics

This is a guest blog from Carrie Goetz (D.MCO, RCDD/NTS, CDCP, CDCS, 1st Degree IM) who is the Global Technology Director Paige DataCom Solutions.

2018-11-06

Version 6.0 Features Benefit New and Current OptiFiber Pro Users

You’ve probably heard of the new OptiFiber Pro HDR models we recently introduced, which are designed for OSP and PON applications.  However, there are a number of new features now available as part of this launch that work in both the current OptiFiber Pro as well as the new HDR models.  In fact, these new features can be added to any existing OptiFiber Pro at no charge through a simple upgrade.  Let’s check out these new capabilities.

2018-10-31

New OptiFiber Pro High Dynamic Range Modules for Outside Plant and Passive Optical Networks

With the new Fluke Networks OptiFiber® Pro High Dynamic Range (HDR) Optical Time Domain Reflectometer, Versiv becomes a single solution for applications ranging from FTTx, PON and datacenters to category-rated structured cabling. Since Versiv users report that its efficient and familiar interface cuts costs by 65% when testing, certifying and maintaining copper and fiber network installations, it’s clear why they’d want to apply the same savings to outside plant jobs as well.

2018-10-24

It’s That Time of Year Again – Beware of Ghosts and Dead Zones!

There’s a chill in the air, leaves are falling and it’s time for all things spooky. So we thought that in the spirit of Halloween, we would post this blog again that takes a look at two of the most confusing (and perhaps scariest) OTDR events--ghosts and dead zones.

When You See What Doesn't Exist

2018-10-04

Type 3 and Type 4 are Here!

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.

2018-09-26

Mixed Mindfulness

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.

Media Medley

2018-09-19

An Industry of Innovators

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.

2018-09-11

The A-B-C’s of Fiber Polarity

Polarity defines direction of flow, such as the direction of a magnetic field or an electrical current. In fiber optics, it 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.

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