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Posted by: Noah Montena on April 04, 2014

WiFi is a marvelous thing. We can video chat, shop, catch up on programs, listen to music and control all manner of appliances and home systems, all seemingly from thin air, and all it takes is a pair of unlicensed radios. Most of the time, it really is as simple as following the one page pictogram card that comes in the box with your new router. The IEEE 802.11 family of standards guarantees the interoperability and cooperation of thousands of devices, and even manages the traffic when all those devices get online at once. Despite walls and furniture and greater distances, the signal gets through. And it keeps getting faster and more robust every year.

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Blog Category: Broadcast AV

Posted by: Michelle Foster on April 01, 2014

Today, we mark another monumental day in our history. The Grass Valley acquisition is complete. We have extended our investment in the broadcast market by combining Grass Valley and Miranda into a single entity: Grass Valley, A Belden Brand.

For over 50 years, Grass Valley has built its reputation as an innovative leader in the broadcast industry. The new, future-ready Grass Valley’s product portfolio has unprecedented breadth and depth of technology. With production switchers, servers, production automation and editing, cameras and systems, routing and infrastructure, playout, multi-viewers and monitoring and graphics/branding, Grass Valley shows clear leadership in broadcast technology.

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on March 25, 2014

I go to Las Vegas a lot. And I have learned a lot about Las Vegas. My first rule is "Don't Gamble". And. if you're tempted, just walk into one of those fancy hotels and ask yourself, "Where did they get the money to build this?" Oh, yeah, from the suckers out there gambling. And more than once, I have heard an interview with a lifetime gambler who hit a jackpot for millions, and they all say the same thing, "Now I'm even."

I'd say take that money and buy some stock (Belden is on the New York Stock Exchange, by the way). That's probably better odds than anything you will play in Vegas. You could also take that money and have a great meal. Then, at least, you will get something in return.

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on March 18, 2014

They did some studies a while back about the cost (in dollars and in labor) for various parts of a data network install.

First they found that the cost of the wire and cable amounted to only 3% of the cost of an install. On the other hand, the wire and cable accounted for 70% of the labor. Now this begs the question, can you buy cable that takes less time to install? You know the answer! You've put in that OTHER cable. The stuff that was super-cheap and looked OK, or maybe it's all you had available on the shop floor. And when the install time started to stretch out to days or weeks more than you had allocated, you know what you did wrong. Funny thing is your boss patted you on the back for all that money you saved him when you bought the cable. Bet you didn't mention how much it cost him to install it. And what if the cable doesn't work? Then you're pulling it out and reinstalling it. Now how much money did you save?

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on March 11, 2014

Maybe you read one of my recent blogs about how wire and cable are never mentioned in magazine articles or reviews of touring groups. In permanent installs, 70% of the install time, and the labor cost, revolves around wire, cable and connectors. I'll bet it's close to that for those non-permanent installs such as touring companies or mobile trucks (OB Vans, as my European friends like to call them).

At least in data networks, wire, cable and connectors are also the #1 source of network failure. This is one reason why Belden has resisted those constant requests to allow you (the installer or end user) to put on your own RJ-45 data connectors. Unfortunately, it's a little too late to say that to our audio, video and broadcast friends. You've been putting on BNC and XLR connectors since they were invented. So how old are you? Do you remember the Canon P connector?

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on February 26, 2014

I know it seems like only yesterday that we were at NAB, but, it is upon us again at the Las Vegas Convention Center. No doubt you have heard the news that we have a binding offer to purchase Grass Valley. Belden-Miranda-Grass Valley is a new powerhouse in the audio-video-broadcast-motion picture world. And it all starts with Belden cable.

You know we're the world leader in professional video cable. More people use Belden video cables than all other brands combined, and the reason is clear: consistency, quality, and reliability. And we intend to continue to lead the market with 4K video cables. We already offer 4K quad-link and 4K dual-link cables, and we intend on being the first with 4K single link coaxial cable. Come to the Belden-Miranda Booth N2513 and ask us about 4K cable and fiber.

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on February 18, 2014

So when do I get a chance to write all these blogs? When I'm on a plane, of course. I'm on one right now, heading for Orlando, Florida and the "Winter BICSI". Do you know about BICSI? It stands for Building Industry Consulting Service International. That doesn't tell you much either, does it? BICSI (pronounced BIK-SEE) is one of the best data shows around. If you're interested in data networks, or Ethernet, this is the place to go. I have an RCDD attached to the back of my name on my business card. That's a BICSI certification (Registered Communication Distribution Designer).

Of course, by the time you read this, it will be over (February 2-6, Orlando) but there are other BICSI shows, including a lot of local shows, if you're interested. www.bicsi.org Then, I'm speaking at TTVN in Galveston, Texas February 4-7. This is a get-together of all the colleges and universities in Texas although you've probably missed that too. But don't worry; I have a lot of things coming up. Here are just a few of them, some small and local, some big and national.

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on February 11, 2014

My wife and I collect stuff, and every so often, we start filling a big garbage bag with things for Goodwill. I think they do good work in the community. I even shop there sometimes. (You'd be surprised what you can pick up in speakers, amps, turntables and CD players or other gear from "yesterday").

In one of our Goodwill bags we threw in a Mickey Mouse stuffed toy. We soon found that they only accept brand new unused toys, so Mickey was returned. Mickey knocked around the back of my wife's car for the better part of a year. During Christmas, I attached some plastic Poinsettia to the front of this PT Cruiser with a few wire ties. Looks festive. After Christmas was over, we took off the Poinsettia. As I drove around, I thought about what we could put in the front of the car that wasn't seasonal. And then it hit me - how about Mickey?

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