Patch panel for tight quarters; Nothing dull about this cutter...MORE
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Patch panel for tight quarters
Designed for easier access and termination where space is a premium, ICC's front access 24-port rack-mount Category 5e patch panel is engineered for both 8-pin modular jack and 110 block connectors. The patch panels, which come with a protective plastic cover, are intended as an interconnection between horizontal cables that extend from pathways to the work area.
Nothing dull about this cutter
Promising to remain sharp while cutting through optical-fiber cable, the Model 45-344 serrated cutter from IDEAL Industries features a patent-pending rugged breaker notch designed for "doing the dirty work" of cleanly shearing the jacket and breaking the glass fiber. The precision-ground, finely-serrated blades are designed specifically for cutting and trimming the protective Kevlar strength member, which the manufacturer says greatly reduces the likelihood of dulling. The cutters also feature a textured, cushioned grip handle designed to provide a more comfortable hold and less stress on the wrist and hand.
Fiber with proprietary connections
Tyco Electronics has introduced to the North American market a line of optical-fiber cable, previously available only overseas. The fiber is designed specifically to support the AMP Netconnect end-to-end cabling systems, and are interoperable with all company cabling components. The cable will be backed by a 25-year system performance that will be applied to all of the manufacturer's fiber-based systems, and 25-year component warranty to all manufacturer fiber products installed by a Tyco-authorized contractor. The cable, available through authorized distributors, is being offered as part of the end-to-end cabling system, and as a separate media element.
TYCO ELECTRONICS/AMP NETCONNECT
Non-RJ style Category 7 connector
The TERA connector from The Siemon Company has won committee draft approval from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as the non-RJ style connector for use with pending Category 7 applications. The TERA connector is designed for international voice/data/video applications over four-pair 100-W balanced cabling systems. International standards approval of the TERA connector, says John Siemon, vice-president of engineering for The Siemon Company, sets the stage for global market acceptance of Catergory 7 in commercial premises and home cabling. The company says independently-certified reliability and transmission performance to 1.2 GHz now permits broadband delivery over balanced cabling, including applications like broadband video over a single twisted-pair. TERA is designed to allow up to four 1.2 GHz connections in the same space as a single keystone jack, letting users integrate video, voice and data services over a single cable. An independent assessment panel chartered by IEC ranked the TERA connector as best overall in 41 criteria for delivering the bandwidth specified in the proposed Category 7 standard.
THE SIEMON COMPANY