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Rule Out Bad Cable Connections

Slow networks can be caused by the application, the server or the network. A slow network problem can be caused anywhere between the application or service server and the user. However, there are a number of issues at the physical layer and during the connectivity process that can cause the network to appear to run slow. With the LinkRunner AT, you can use the cable feature to verify a good cable connection. You can also do a wire map test with the Wireview map adapters to check for: Shorts between any two or more conductors  Reversed pairs  Transposed or crossed...

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Cleaning and Inspecting Fibre Connectors

Cleaning and Inspecting Fibre Connectors

Dirty fibre connectors are the number one root cause of fibre optic system failures. These failures impact timelines for delivering projects and can result in signal loss.  Inspecting and cleaning fibre connectors can reduce network downtime ensuring they are in good condition. Cleaning can remove microscopic dust particles from the ends of fibres. So how does something so small impact performance? A dust particle can interrupt a laser signal, which can cause strong back reflections and result in instability of the entire system. Particles can also cause scratches to glass surfaces, when caught between two fibre end faces, permanently damaging...

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The Ultimate Guide to Fibre Transmission Distances

We're often asked about fibre transmission distances and its impact on network infrastructure. Follow our handy guide as we explore typical drive distance amongst OM1, OM2, OM3, OM4 and OS2 fibre optic cable.

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Chemtronics Simple Combination Cleaning Process

Very clear example of why cleaning is so important. It's so easy to touch the connector end face whilst handling fibre!

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CPR: How will CPR impact Network Cabling in 2017

CPR: How will CPR impact Network Cabling in 2017

We’re more than halfway through the one-year transitional (Coexistence) period for copper and fibre cables to be compliant with the Construction Products Regulations as related to fire performance. This covers the reaction & resistance to fire and release of noxious substances.  CPR defines a common technical language and uniform assessment methods for fire performance of all fixed cables.  The cut-off date is 1 July 2017. From this date, all copper & fibre cables supplied to EU / EEA member states must comply with the Construction Product Regulations and carry the CE marking. The regulation does allow for existing stocks already...

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