NEMA revises cable installation standards; Klein Tools grabs GMP: The week's top stories

June 16, 2017
Also: Weatherproof Power-over-Ethernet extender reaches 3,300 feet; How Cox's new 'Panoramic Wi-Fi Router' shows everything wrong with cable companies; more. 

Here's a listing of the cabling, wireless, and data center infrastructure industry's top 7 trending stories from the past week, as compiled each Friday by Cabling Installation & Maintenance magazine and

1.) NEMA revises several cable installation standards to comply with 2017 NEC

"NEMA RV 4 reflects requirements found in the most recent edition of the NEC and in state-of-the-art cable application and installation practices," said Christel Hunter, Director of Codes and Standards at Cerro Wire LLC, who chaired NEMA's Building Wire and Cable Technical Committee Task Group that prepared the new edition of RV 4.

2.) Weatherproof Power-over-Ethernet extender reaches 3,300 feet

Patton's IP67-certified CopperLink 1101E/IP67 series of outdoor weatherproof Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) extenders comes housed in a weatherproof outdoor enclosure.

3.) How Cox's new 'Panoramic Wi-Fi Router' shows everything wrong with cable companies

In a breathless press release, Cox announced nationwide availability of its new "Panoramic Wi-Fi Router" - about which there's really nothing too special, contends one industry blogger.

4.) Cabling compulsions pervade online

The volume of data center 'cabling porn' to be found spawning on photo/video social media sites like Flickr, Youtube and Reddit is rather remarkable.

5.) Klein Tools acquires General Machine Products

GMP, a third-generation business owned and operated by the Pfundt family since 1936, is recognized as a premier worldwide supplier of specialty cable placement tools and equipment.

6.) A Handy Guide to Fiber-Optic Cabling Applications and Performance Characteristics

Including reporting from Cabling Installation & Maintenance as well as work produced by Siemon, this grab-and-go PDF guide provides detail on the capabilities and uses of different optical fiber types, fiber connectivity options, and fiber system architectures. The guide also contains information on completed and in-development standards activity related to fiber-optic cabling systems.

7.) Ideal Networks program can turn testing from a capital investment into an operating expense

Ideal Networks recently launched Test4Less, a suite of products, services and payment methods that the company says help companies installing and testing data cabling and networks to reduce capital expenditure, increase productivity and improve cashflow.

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