Our blog has grown in readership (and content) over the past few years. As each year comes to a close, we enjoy looking back at the topics and conversations that are most important to you based upon our most popular smart building blogs.

This month, we took a look at Belden’s smart building blog based on readership and performance – and we’re sharing readers’ favorites. Did yours make the list? Did you catch these blogs in your inbox? If not, now’s a great time to peruse them!

Most-Read Smart Building Blogs Published in 2019

1. Singlemode vs. Multimode Fiber: The Real Differences

Fiber is on everyone’s mind – and several of our most-read smart building blogs of 2019 talk about fiber. In this piece, we ask: Do you need singlemode or multimode fiber? One isn’t superior to the other – each has its own place. But knowing the differences can prevent you from investing in the wrong type of cable or using a cable that isn’t compatible with your optical fiber devices. Get the lowdown on the differences between singlemode and multimode fiber here!

2. 3 Reasons Why Fiber is the First Choice to Support 5G Networks

5G is another topic that’s front of mind for many professionals in our industry: It will enhance wireless experiences for all users. Although every network is different, one thing remains true for each network that supports 5G: lots of fiber will be needed. Why? There are a few reasons … which we outline in this blog. Find out what 5G needs in order to perform like it promises!

 3. The Hummingbird Project … A Film Starring Belden Fiber!

Belden made the big screen this year! Yes, it’s true – our fiber solutions helped bring a movie to life! Learn about what it was like for our team of experts to review the movie’s storyline from a technological perspective, discuss specific scenes and how to make them better and provide props the actors needed to pull off their stunt. Check it out!

4. Indoor vs. Outdoor Cables: Which Should You Choose?

This blog topic was inspired by real-world events we saw unfold on jobsites in 2019. The topic obviously resonates with our readers, too, since it ended up being one of our most-read pieces. We took a look at a few recent situations we encountered to determine whether indoor or outdoor cable should have been used – and why.

5. 3 Important Characteristics of DE Cable: Safely Carrying Digital Electricity™

While Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology can carry up to 100W of power over a data cable for up to 100 m, Digital Electricity (DE) can carry up to 2,000W for up to 2,000 m. Although Digital Electricity can be delivered with off-the-shelf data cable, the cable must be designed to optimize this technology. Here, we outline a few characteristics you should look for in a DE cable to ensure reliable transportation of data and high-voltage power.

Most-Read Network Smart Building Blogs Ever

These blogs were published before 2019, but they make up our current list of top most-read Belden blogs since the first post went live in 2012.

1. 11 Types of Networks Explained: VPN, LAN & More​

This blog continues to make our annual round-up: It’s our most-read blog of all time, with more than one-quarter of a million views! Published in 2016, it’s obviously still relevant – and features a handy reference guide that explains the types of networks in use today and how/where they’re used. You’ll find simple definitions of PANs, LANs, WLANs, CANs, MANs, WANs, SANs, POLANs, EPNs and VPNs in this all-time favorite!

2. STP, UTP, FTP Cable & More: 7 Cable Types & When to Use Them!​

Just like the blog mentioned above, cable types also seems to be a hot topic with our readers. This article continues to be one of our most-read blogs. It sorts through acronyms used to describe shielded cables. We updated the content this year – per your request – to also map out when and where to use each of these shielded cable types.

3. What’s the Real Cat 6A Cable Distance Limit (and Why Does It Matter)?

This is a new topic on our list! This blog was only published last year, but it has already shot up to the top of the list of most-read blogs. It walks readers through the factors that negatively impact Category 6A cable distance limits – and what can be done to minimize those factors. It also reveals which cable is the industry’s only Category 6A cable proven to reach distances of up to 100 m while maintaining promised performance levels – even despite higher heat levels.

4. 3 Reasons Why Power over Ethernet Demands Cat 6A Cable​

This blog dropped down a spot on our list this year, but it’s still hanging out at the top. The type of cabling you select can make a major difference in terms of how heat inside the cable is managed, as well as how it impacts performance. When it comes to PoE applications, you’re better off using Category 6A for a number of reasons that are outlined here.

5. PoE Types: What They Mean and How They’re Used

Did you know that there are four PoE types – Type 1, Type 2, Type 3 and Type 4? This blog, which rounds out our list of most-read blogs eber, discusses where and how each type is used, along with other terms used to describe them. You’ll notice that the terms Belden prefers to use to describe each PoE type are identified in bold.

Thank you for continuing to read Belden’s smart building blog – and for sharing your feedback, comments and ideas. Are there topics you’d like us to cover in 2020? Questions you hope we can answer? Let us know in the comments section and we’ll plan to talk about them! Or speak directly to one of our cabling and connectivity experts.

The most reliable networks require category 6a cable