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The TDE.2 modular terminal block is designed to save space in enclosures when terminating shielded twisted-pair cables.

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High-density terminal block

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The TDE.2 modular terminal block is designed to save space in enclosures when terminating shielded twisted-pair cables. This 6.2-mm wide device allows up to four cables per inch of enclosure space. The block mounts onto a din rail and features simple screw clamp connections to the wire. The first level of the terminal block provides a direct connection of the shield to the mounting rail, while the second and third levels provide a feed-through connection of the twisted-pair cables. Terminals will accept up to a 12 AWG wire, and jumpers are available to permit bridging of circuits. Marking labels are also available.

Composite video cable

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Banana peel-style composite video cables, featuring the company’s Brilliance 1855A and 1505A precision video cables, are designed to provide what the company says is optimum signal transmission performance over longer runs while enabling fast installation of multiple coax in a single easy-to-pull bundle. Since the outer jacket has been eliminated, all color-coded cables are instantly identifiable and feature clearly readable print legends. The cables also have a smaller outside diameter and an improved bend radius, making it possible to use a smaller size conduit. These composite cables are available in bundles of three, five, and six (1855A mini RG-59/U Type cable; 1505A regular RG-59/U Type). According to the company, these CMR-rated cables are pre-timed to ensure a delay difference of less than 5.0 ns/100 ft. between coax, allowing for cut-and-connect installation without the need for TDR or Vectorscope timing.

Fiber-sealing pedestals

The BDO-ET series of fiber pedestals is designed to house and protect sealed fiber terminal blocks and pre-connectorized fiber-optic service drops in outside plant FTTx deployments. A non-metallic design protects fiber terminals and drops from floods, fires, tampering, windblown dust, and debris. Internal bracketry lets you mount up to two 4-, 6-, or 8-port sealed fiber terminal blocks, or one 12-port block. An included terminal mounting plate is compatible with most manufacturers’ sealed fiber terminals. Options include a built-in fiber splice tray holder attached to the terminal mounting plate.

Field-friendly OTDR

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Designed for testing and troubleshooting LAN, telco, CATV, and FTTx networks, the OV-1000 optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) features a rugged platform with field-interchangeable multimode, singlemode, and advanced testing modules. The unit features an 80 MB internal flash memory that can store up to 1,500 traces, and eliminates the need for a hard drive. A splash-proof mainframe allows for testing in harsh conditions, while the 6.4-inch color touch screen is resistant to shock, water, and most common chemicals used in the field. The OV-1000 offers three test modes-auto, advanced, and template trace-and can accept protocol testing modules, such as Gigabit Ethernet, as they become available.

Residential cabling catalog

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The company’s 2006 Residential Structured Cabling Solutions product catalog features a complete connectivity solution for every room in the digital home. Users will discover how to distribute multi-line telephones, multi-user computer networking, multi-room video, broadband Internet, cable TV, DSS satellite, and security. Highlights include the company’s new Net.Media distribution centers and accessories, wall outlet solutions, audio-video distribution systems, and custom audio-video cables.

Kit for easy MAC tests

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The CableIQ service kit makes it possible for a single data cabling service technician to troubleshoot the cabling as well as verify network service during moves, adds, and changes (MACs). It includes the CableIQ Qualification Tester, which determines the cable’s ability to support the required network speed and troubleshoots cabling performance faults; the IntelliTone Probe, which locates and verifies the right cable; and the LinkRunner Network Multimeter, which determines whether the network drop is active and verifies communication to key network devices.

Ethernet module

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The Phoenix A8911ETH Ethernet module is designed to provide Ethernet connectivity to the company’s Phoenix Fiber Transport System. It is especially suited for transporting IP data and video traffic between Phoenix nodes. The module has three RJ-45 ports designed for inserting or extracting full-duplex 10/100Base-T Ethernet data onto the Phoenix network. It allows for auto-negotiation and automatic MDI/MDI-X selection, and an integrated Ethernet switch features line-rate switching between the three ports and 50 Mbits/sec throughput between nodes.

Pre-polished connectors

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New 2Click pre-polished connectors for singlemode and multimode fiber LAN and backbone applications incorporate a factory installed pre-polished fiber stub inside. SC and ST connectors are available with singlemode and 62.5-µm or 50-µm core multimode optical-fiber stubs. To assemble the connector, strip and cleave the building fiber cable, insert the prepared fiber into the connector, then squeeze an integral wedge assembly. According to the company, assembly takes two minutes or less, and with no special tools or expendables required. A roll-up tool pouch containing necessary fiber preparation tools for multimode 2Click connector applications is also available, as are a separate ceramic blade cleaver for multimode fibers and a precision diamond cleave tool for singlemode fibers. The 2Click system, says the company, is fully field tested and meets all requirements of TIA/EIA-568-B.3 specifications for performance and durability. A 25-year warranty is included.

Residential enclosure

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Net Media Center residential enclosures (14, 21, 28, and 42-inch) now feature hinged doors, and additional knockouts on side and back for simplified cable routing. Interior dual side bridge lances have also been added to provide better cable management. A single knockout for a standard NEMA box is featured in the 14- and 21-inch enclosures, with dual knockouts in the 28- and 42-inch models. Aesthetic improvements include an all-steel construction with glossy white finish, and a reversible door.

Friendlier fish tape

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A larger and more ergonomic handle, designed to provide installers with better control, maximum pulling strength, and easier rewinding, is one of the features of Tuff-Grip PRO-an enhanced version of the company’s Tuff-Grip tape. Thirty-percent wider than the first generation of Tuff-Grip fish tapes, the PRO’s handle is designed to accommodate large, gloved hands, while non-slip fingertip grooves help provide a secure grip and added handling comfort. The tape is constructed of polypropylene plastic, while a new case is designed to simplify the process of installing replacement tapes. A proprietary Tuff-Cuff tape returning feature helps keep tape properly positioned in the opening. (For a video demonstration of Tuff-Grip PRO, visit:

FTTx fault-finder

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Remotely accessible fiber-optic fault finders for FTTx installations are designed to continuously monitor an active fiber link without interfering with the communications signal by transmitting an optical pulse into a fiber and monitoring the returned signals. The unit can also identify reflections and losses, with corresponding locations for each event. Data is then transferred to a network operating center (NOC) station via USB link, wireless link, or custom configuration. A simplified version of an optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR), the fault finder reports attenuating events or reflective events, with a corresponding distance from the device for each event (an OTDR displays the entire waveform). This feature minimizes the amount of information that must be transmitted from the unit to an NOC host computer. Multiple events can be detected and reported within a single link.

Pre-polished LC connectors

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LC OptiCam pre-polished fiber-optic connectors are designed to provide field termination in less than half the time of field-polish connectors. These LC connectors feature a patent-pending re-termination capability providing yield rates nearing 100%. They include a rear pivot latch while offering flexibility in behind-the-wall and main and intermediate cross-connect installation. A dual-cam design secures the fiber and buffer in one action to ensure consistent termination results while reducing termination time.

Coax stripper

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The LDT (lightweight drop trimmer) is a compact stripper for a wide variety of coaxial cable types. Featuring a one-step cable preparation, the company claims the LDT precisely exposes the center conductor by 5⁄16-inch and removes the proper length of jacket at ¼-inch for 59, 6 and N48 coax without the need for adjustment to the blade or a cassette change-out. A built-in strip stop is designed to produce precise, repeatable preparation. Steel blades typically perform more than 1,500 preparations before needing replacement.

FTTx connector

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This outside plant FTTx hard fiber-optic (HFOC) connector family is designed for single and multiple fiber applications, and allow plug-in installation to single or multiple dwellings. They can be installed in pedestal closures, aerial and direct-buried closures, or equipment located at a fiber distribution hub enclosure or optical network termination unit near customer premises. The connector is built to easily pull through conduit, and accommodates oval and round cable constructions. A visual mating indicator lets you know when a proper connection has been made.

VDSL, triple-play tester

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As part of its SunSet modular test toolkit family, the SSMTT-41 module is a multi-function tool for triple-play home deployments and, according to the company, the only one to support VDSL line verification function and inside wiring tests in an integrated system. The module includes a VDSL modem, HPNA analyzer, RF signal meter, spectral analyzer, and wiring test features. The SSMTT-41 verifies that inside wiring is capable of supporting IPTV signals by analyzing HPNA signals on the in-house coax or twisted-pair cabling. It also verifies cable continuity, detects broken diplexers, provides cable identification, and estimates cable length.

Flexible conduit

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Type A Liquidtight connectors and conduit are designed for installations with continuous flexing, vibration, or where corrosive elements are present. The conduit is constructed of a flexible PVC cover with a woven nylon web that’s bonded to a smooth and seamless flexible PVC inner core Flame-retardant, and resistant to oil, mild acid and ultraviolet, the nylon mesh-reinforced PVC construction lets the conduit retain its original shape even when being compressed. With no metal core, the conduit resists fatigue from flexing and vibration. It’s available in sizes ranging from 3/8-inch to two inches, and operates in temperatures ranging from -20° C to +60° C. Liquidtight connectors feature a ferrous construction with a nylon-insulated throat, and includes a Santoprene sealing gasket with a 316 stainless steel retaining ring designed to ensure a NEMA LT seal.

High-density connector

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The MRJ21 connector is designed to provide density and space savings for 10/100 or Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45/RJ-21 applications. Meeting standard Category 5e requirements, the MRJ21 has been designed to transmit simultaneous Gigabit Ethernet and Power over Ethernet applications. A double blade design, says the company, offers up to four times the port density of traditional 2x6 stacked modular jacks (RJ-45) and up to three times the port density of a typical RJ-21 connector. The design also features a fully shielded system to control electromagnetic interference (EMI), while a differentially paired footprint and contact layout are designed to further reduce crosstalk. Compatible with most modular plug mechanisms, the MRJ21 is especially suited for such applications as modular data centers and storage area networks, core and edge routers, and digital cross-connects.

Compact fan-out kit

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The Durofan kit is designed to provide transition from jacketed ribbon to individual 2.0-mm protected legs. A molded snap-fit transition body protects 250-µm fibers passing from ribbon to individual legs. The ribbon jacket and strain relief yarn is crimped to the molded transition body with 30-pound removal force. Each 2.0-mm leg is preinstalled into the fanout holder that drops into the main transition body for simple installation. The kit is suitable for field installation onto jacketed ribbon, including high fiber-count trunks, and is also appropriate for lab use to prevent damage to fibers used in test systems. Unterminated kits are available in standard 12-fiber configurations with 1-meter long jacketed legs. Custom lengths are also available. The jacketed legs are available in orange, yellow, aqua, and industry-standard multi-colors.

Fast heat-shrink oven

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A new heat-shrink oven is designed to enable shrink times of 20 seconds or less, increasing fusion-splicer batter life by using 50% of the energy of standard heat-shrink ovens. The oven uses a radiant heating technology to rapidly shrink heat-shrink splice protectors. Heat radiation is emitted from a heating element and onto an elliptical mirror. The fiber with heat-shrink installed is then placed in the focal point of the mirror, resulting in what the company says is a more energy-efficient process. The oven is designed for installations of common single fiber and up to 12-fiber ribbon heat-shrink splice protectors. An LED status indicates heating, cooling, and time for removal. Automated software control is available for use with the company’s fusion splicers, with manual control for use with any fusion splicer.

Analog/digital toner, probe

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Combining advanced analog and digital toning technology, the IntelliTone Pro toner and probe performs tasks ranging from identifying a single cable in an electrically noisy bundle to pinpointing specific pairs within a cable and testing wiremap and continuity. According to the company, in many cases, the tool can reduce what would normally be an hour of guesswork to five minutes of definitive cable identification. The unit’s built-in cable wiremap and network service detection capabilities are designed to eliminate the need for separate cable and service verification tools. New to IntelliTone Pro is the SmartTone analog signal, which is designed to eliminate guesswork during installation of single-pair applications, such as traditional telecom systems. Five distinct tones alternate every time the pair under test is shorted. Unlike analog-only toners, IntelliTone Pro’s digital signal is designed for safe use on active networks.

NID can wrench

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The CW71638 can wrench is designed for universal access to network interface devices (NIDs), telephone boxes, and pedestals, as well as for tightening nuts on binding post terminals. It combines heat-treated 7⁄16-inch and 3⁄8-inch thin wall sockets in a high-impact and abrasion-resistant polymer handle that is ribbed for comfort and safety.

Estimating solution grows

Version 7 of the Accubid Pro, BidWinner Plus, BidWinner, and PowerBid estimating solutions can now share estimating data with ConstructJob, the company’s Web-based project management system. Using a new Integrator utility (free with Version 7), contractors can transfer the complete estimate and bill of materials to ConstructJob, create a project log and purchase orders without re-entering information, and use estimate data and cost codes for cost tracking. According to the company, contractors can also use the Integrator utility to transfer estimate data to many popular accounting programs, including Timberline, Forefront, QuickBooks, and ComputerEase.

Enclosure/UPS system

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The InfraStruXure system, which integrates power, cooling, rack and other data center needs, now includes the company’s Smart-UPS VT power module. Available in 20 and 30 KVA, and with 208 and 480-volt input, the system is especially suited for server rooms, small data centers, and remote facilities. This network critical physical infrastructure (NCPI) solution incorporates such features as a single rack-based design for better use of floor space, higher power efficiency for lower operating costs, and a new power distribution design for simplified installation and expansion. According to the company, the system’s high power density, small form factor, and modular architecture make it especially suited for applications ranging from disaster recovery to VoIP/IP telephony. Since the architecture uses a modular and scalable design, users can expand the system by adding such features as in-row cooling, centralized management, and security products.

Products for integration

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A 24-page color brochure, Integrated Markets, features the company’s wide variety of low-voltage cabling products, including bundled structured cabling, home control cables, category cables, plenum and non-plenum electronic wire and fire alarm cables, coax for cable TV and CCTV, PowerWatch CCTV-over-UTP cables, and precision video bundled and individual coax cables. The featured products are used in a variety of markets, including home technology, security, data com, and access control. Also featured are the company’s surge protectors and indoor/outdoor extension cords.

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