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Posted by: Bob Ferguson on July 31, 2017

High-definition video – and now, even ultra-high-definition video – is becoming crucial to enterprises, from streaming content on retail digital signage to recording, streaming and sharing classroom lectures for distance learning. This increasing demand calls for support of robust audio and video distribution applications. For this reason, it’s important for AV and network design professionals to understand HDBaseT and how it works.

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Blog Category: Broadcast AV

Posted by: Bob Ferguson on March 03, 2017

As recent test results show, category cables – which are optimized for Ethernet traffic – often struggle with the HDBaseT signal. The characteristics of category cables are, at times, overkill for HDBaseT applications; other times, category cable characteristics are not sufficient to guarantee a good signal. HDBaseT is a different type of signal, and 4K video is pushing that limit even further.  

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Blog Category: Broadcast AV

Posted by: Bob Ferguson on February 03, 2017

There has been a lot of talk about convergence in the cabling world; some of this has been driven by new technology and market overlapping. Today’s integrator has the ability to install a system that covers phones, computers, security, audio/video and even low-voltage power.

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Blog Category: Broadcast AV

Posted by: Steve Lampen on June 12, 2012

I've spent the last 20 years with Belden telling my customers why we won't sell you an RJ-45 plug. It all started with the old Category 3 days, when industry studies confirmed that the #1 cause of network failure was "owner installed plugs." So the solution to this was clear. We sell you a jack and we sell you a patch cord.

Well, the networking folks had no problem with that but, as Cat 3 turned into Cat 4, then Cat 5, Cat 5e, and now Cat 6, these cables began to be used for all sorts of things, not just Ethernet networks. If you're from the AV world, you want to wire point-to-point, from Box A to Box B. A jack and a patch cord just won't work.

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