Webinar — Fieldbus: The Hidden Ethernet Frontier

This webinar will describe a challenge to data accessibility in critical applications including building automation, process automation, and industrial manufacturing. We will show how the roadmap for Ethernet technology toward Single Pair Ethernet helps to address these challenges, and what integrators and end users can do in their project planning today to ensure their systems are future-ready.

TIA Announces Global Member Meeting Featuring Government and Industry Leaders

TIA’s Member Meeting will be held on June 22-23 and feature a packed lineup with some of the most influential thought leaders in the #telecommunications and #informationtechnology sectors. TIA members, participants, and guests will get to hear high-level discussions about some of the most critical #ICT issues, including supply chain security, #5G rollouts, accelerating access to broadband and how to prepare for the network technology of the future.

Testing Vendor-Specified Channels

Wondering about standards compliance and testing requirements for extended-length twisted pair cabling? Sometimes there is pressure to connect a device beyond the guidance of the cabling standards. In an extended-reach channel, the installation will not be standards compliant. This may mean that the application support will be limited to certain data rates, certain cables and components, certain installation conditions, or is tied to certain types of network equipment. It could mean that the application support is not assured by the network equipment manufacturer, and instead falls to the cabling vendor. That might be just fine with your customer, but it’s best to make sure. You should educate them about the solution and the implications of non-standards compliant cabling. And just because something isn’t standards compliant, doesn’t mean you don’t have to test it.

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The pandemic has laid bare what rural residents have known for a long time. Rural broadband in many places is lacking. However, help is on the way. Federal and state funding programs are providing much needed assistance for rural fiber builds, and there’s never been a better time for a rural fiber build than now. This webinar will discuss design and deployment for rural networks, reviewing strategies to take fiber to the farmhouse. We’ll review the tradeoffs for various parts of the network build, and discuss concepts that may challenge some pre-conceived notions of how to deploy networks.

Simple Rule for Cleaning Optical Fibers

The performance of a fiber optic system depends heavily on the cleanliness of the interfaces. Dirt particles, grease, dust, etc. can have a highly negative impact on the transmission characteristics. They can actually destroy a fiber optic connection depending on the circumstances. If the connector is plugged in without first being tested, it could well be too late. The high pressure in the connection means that particles are immediately pressed in and this causes irreversible damage. This is why it is becoming increasingly important to test all connectors and adapters, and, if necessary, to clean them before they are mated – even new products that have just come out of the packing.

Benefits of Labeling for New Building Specifications

With so much going into a building’s specifications, a label can be an afterthought. However, with some upfront planning, labeling plays a key role in a building’s specification plan. By considering all the aspects of a system that could benefit from a label and the specifications of exactly what should be labeled, contractors can help facilitate fast, seamless troubleshooting and repairs in the future.

Tale of 4 Costs

When it comes to total cost of ownership for industrial-grade cables, there are four factors to consider: The cost of the initial system, the cost of maintenance, the cost of unplanned downtime, and the cost of non-compliance.

2021 Network and cabling salary survey results

FFor the third year, Fluke Networks has teamed up with Cabling Installation and Maintenance to survey network and structured cabling professionals about salaries and jobs. This survey gathered data on the areas that impact salary, like education and experience. We also asked about types of jobs, bonuses, job changes, and how COVID-19 impacted the workforce. In addition, this survey includes information on salary by job titles like network technician salary, network engineer salary, cabling general management salary, and network designer or architect salary. There are some significant and surprising departures from findings of prior years.