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The importance of 50 micron RJ45 plugs

The importance of 50 micron RJ45 plugs

The RJ45 plug used for ethernet cable termination is of paramount importance.  Its 50 Micron (µ) connector has long been the standard across the UK.  However, cheaper inferior products using as low as 3µ gold flashing are now starting to be promoted and this is a big concern when you consider the longevity of your installed cabling system.
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What are C15 Power Cables?

What are C15 Power Cables?

The C15 power connector is not too dissimilar to a C13 connector, but has a small notch at the bottom, under the earth pin.  Historically, the C15 3 pin power connector was used only for high voltage devices, hence often referred to as HOT conditioning.  However, it’s now becoming the IEC connection of choice for many of the switch and server manufacturers, including Cisco, HP and DELL.
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12 Tips and Ideas when planning a Structured Cabling Installation

12 Tips and Ideas when planning a Structured Cabling Installation

Since 2004, we’ve helped thousands of businesses with their IT Cabling needs.Today, we’re going to share with you some great ideas to achieve a really successful structured cabling installation.So, let’s get started with the first of our top tips!
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The Emergence of Cat8 in the Data Centre

The Emergence of Cat8 in the Data Centre

Is Cat8 really going to be a serious player in the data centre space?How does it compare to the existing fibre technology and is Cat7 now going to be totally overlooked?As you would expect there is already a degree of manufacturer hype, after all, a new cabling standard entering the market place tends to be good news for everyone – manufacturers, distributors and end users alike.  However, are we really ready for Cat8 and where will it ultimately fit in the overall network topology?  What are the limitations of Cat8 and when can we expect to see this being readily available and deployed?  So many questions.  Hopefully this article will help to provide some simple facts and suggestions around its intended use.
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Does the new Euroclass CPR apply to patch leads?

Does the new Euroclass CPR apply to patch leads?

Strictly speaking the simple answer is No.  However, take a closer look and this is not quite as clear…Common questions that I have recently received include:- Is there a CPR ‘length limit’ when using longer length patch leads? Are cabinet to cabinet links regarded as fixed? When do patch leads become a permanent fixture of a cabling infrastructure?
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Light Speed Innovation from Patchsee

Light Speed Innovation from Patchsee

Patchsee patch cords provide a simple, yet effective way of tracing your network cables.Their solution allows you to quickly identify the ‘other’ end of the installed patch cable by using the Patchsee Torch.The clever light technology works in exactly the same way across all of the Patchsee Cat5e, Patchsee Cat6 and Patchsee Cat6a patch cord range.
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Exploring the Features and Benefits of the Cableflag TagPro Labelling System for Cat5e, Cat6 & Cat6a Patch Leads

Exploring the Features and Benefits of the Cableflag TagPro Labelling System for Cat5e, Cat6 & Cat6a Patch Leads

We have recently introduced the new TagPro system from Cableflag, providing a simple and innovative way to label your patch cables.  The first consignment has just arrived in to the Patchsave warehouse, so I was keen to look at some of the advantages from this new name in flexible and robust cable labelling.
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Some simple facts around fibre patch leads

Some simple facts around fibre patch leads

Fibre networks provide the capability of transmitting Ethernet traffic from A -B using light technology.  Fibre usually has a speed benefit over Copper cabling.  It’s also a flexible, space saving and cost effective alternative. Most fibre patch cords in the market today are Duplex, providing simple two way communication with fixed adapters at each end. Those adapters plug in to fibre patch panels and the other ends are then plugged in to SFP Transceiver modules installed in switches, servers and other hardware.  These patch cords can range from a small cabinet fibre patch of just 25cm or up to 50+ metres in length are available in both Single and Multimode variants.
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The advantages of installing 1U 15cm and 2U 20cm short length patch cables...

The advantages of installing 1U 15cm and 2U 20cm short length patch cables...

The advantages of installing 1U 15cm and 2U 20cm short length patch leads whilst creating your own zero U, zero cost horizontal cable management systemWith all good intentions, patch cable management is a difficult one to manage!The stark reality is, that keeping patch cords neat and tidy is near impossible, very frustrating and time consuming.  After that initial new patching exercise, cable organisation will soon become problematic and (even with all best endeavours) standards will quickly vanish.  There will inevitably be constant moves and changes of equipment, ports will need to be re-patched and different personnel will be involved along the way.  Therefore, it is important to have a system that is adaptable and easy to manage, so here are some innovative ideas and best practices for you to digest.
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Case Study - London Data Centre

Case Study - London Data Centre

The client required a cabling solution that could run various applications within a data centre environment. The Excel solution was put forward by Patchsave and was chosen as the best solution for the data centre due to its proven technical capability and the added reassurance that if required the installation would be supported by a 25 year warranty.
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