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Communications Cable Ratings
Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Kristen Poulos on June 11, 2015

We use terms like CM, PVC and LSZH to describe communications cable every day, but do you know what do these terms really mean? And, more importantly, which one does your project actually need? The guide below will outline many industry cable types, along with some acronyms that are often used synonymously (but not always correctly!).

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Choose Your RJ45 Connection Wisely
Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Kristen Poulos on June 25, 2015

Field crimping a plastic RJ45 plug on the end of a horizontal cable to directly connect to an IP camera or WAP (wireless application point) may seem like a great idea. After all, plastic plugs are very inexpensive. A horizontal cable and one plug seems like a very simple option, and installation always looks neat and clean.

But, if this is the route you choose to go, then buyer beware: The methodology is riddled with pitfalls, headaches, and unexpected costs!

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Tags: LAN, Category 6A, Copper Cabling


Fireworks, Parades and … Patch Cord!
Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Kristen Poulos on July 02, 2015

At Belden, we believe we have a choice in what we do and how we do it. If there’s a chance for improvement, we have the opportunity to act.

Belden’s Traceable Bonded-Pair Patch Cords are a great example of choosing improvement. Not only do the patch cords have a few features that remind us of a festive 4th of July fireworks show – they light up on both ends with red LEDs, and are available in eight jacket colors, including red, white, and blue – they provide an alternative to industry-standard patch cable.

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Tags: Copper Cabling, Patch Cords


STP, UTP, FTP Cable & More: 7 Types & When to Use Them!
Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Kristen Poulos on July 23, 2015

There are many acronyms used to describe shielded cables, from STP to F/FTP; while many are often used synonymously, nearly all of them have different meanings. This blog provides basic information about each style, as defined by ISO/IEC 11801:200, to clear up the confusion.

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Tags: Data Center, LAN


Intelligent Patching: DCIM, IPLMS, IIMS, or AIM?
Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Kristen Poulos on August 27, 2015

If you’ve ever seen a busy data center, you know that some type of data center infrastructure management is necessary. Luckily, data center managers now have a number of options for turning a once very manual, error-prone process into one that is efficient and intelligently managed. Whether it’s a DCIM, AIM, IIMS, IPLMS or intelligent patching solution, these solutions all strive for one goal: to provide a real-time view of the network to quickly identify incidents, automate routine tasks and help managers better understand capacity. Here is a handy guide for each of these data center management acronyms!

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Tags: Intelligent Patching, DCIM, Patch Cords, Data Center Infrastructure Management


Deciphering RJ45 Color Codes
Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Kristen Poulos on December 10, 2015

As the seasonal colors change from harvest yellows to holiday reds and greens, the colors of your Ethernet cable pairs will always stay the same: blue, orange, green, brown!

Category 3 through Category 8 cabling, both UTP and shielded, contains four twisted pairs of insulated copper conductors. Each solid colored conductor is paired with a “white” conductor, which is a striped combination of white and the solid color.

For standards-based category cabling, these conductors are terminated on the ends of male (plugs) and female RJ45 connectors (jacks).

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Tags: RJ45, Copper Cabling, Patch Cords, LAN


RJ45 Termination: Who Needs Reliability? (Hint: You Do!)
Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Kristen Poulos on April 01, 2016

Sometimes good cables go bad – and poor termination might be to blame. This blog serves as the first in a three-part series of posts about the importance of RJ45 termination reliability, ease and versatility.

Imagine walking into a dark room and flipping the light switch – but five times out of every 100 (5% of the time), the light doesn’t turn on. You’d be left fumbling in the dark for the nearest phone to call an electrician! Of course, no one puts up with this kind of failure rate for their lighting, security or heating and cooling systems – so why do they put up with it when it comes to RJ45 connectivity?

Without reliable RJ45 connectivity – the most-used interface in data communications – your networking infrastructure lacks quick, secure communication between devices.

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Tags: RJ45, Copper Cabling


5 Ways to Make RJ45 Terminations Faster & Easier
Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Kristen Poulos on April 15, 2016

When it comes to RJ45 terminations, speed and accuracy can make or break a project. This blog serves as the second in a three-part series about the importance of termination reliability, ease and versatility.

When talking about termination ease, what factors determine whether an RJ45 termination is “easy” or not? How can we improve the process and make our own terminations quicker and easier to complete? Here are five tips we recommend to make the most of your RJ45 termination time.

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Tags: RJ45


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