Equipment cords are an integral part of any network—whether it’s a fiber jumper used to make connections between fiber patching areas and switches in the data center or a copper patch cord out in the LAN to connect end devices to the work area outlet.
While neatly combed bundles of cables might look really nice in exposed overhead cable trays and in racks and cabinets, this aesthetically pleasing deployment isn’t always a thing of beauty when it comes to performance.
Sometimes this can be hard to explain to your customers who seem to care more about how the cable looks versus how well their data transmits.
Some Things Are Better Kept Natural
Fluke Networks has long provided educational content on anything and everything to do with testing network cabling systems—from standards and best practices, to application assurance and tricks of the trade.
With the Internet of Things (IoT) and the development of sensor technology, more and more devices are becoming IP enabled and connecting to the copper horizontal cabling infrastructure.Most of these devices such as LED lights, security cameras, building automation controls, and Wi-Fi access points include an integrated RJ45 port for connecting to the network.
Fiber optic cabling comes in two types – multimode and singlemode.Most of you likely know that multimode cabling distances are shorter than singlemode, and singlemode is therefore deployed for outside plant long-haul fiber applications, while multimode is the primary choice for data centers and premise applications.
For professional contractors and installers of data communications cabling systems, compliance with ANSI/TIA 606-B Standards updated back in 2012 has required new levels of precision in cable labeling – often an arduous and time-consuming process for cable installers.Today, however, thanks to smart, cutting-edge cable labeling tools and technologies, that situation has improved dramatically!
606-B Compliance…and a Whole Lot More