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New and Updated Fluke Networks Twisted Pair Poster FREE
NEW and updated Twisted Pair Poster While copper twisted pair can be straightforward to install, certifying its performance can be somewhat more complex. The new Fluke Networks poster will help you to learn all about Permanent Link, Channel, Patch Cord and Modular Plug Terminated Link (MPTL) Certification. And the best bit? You can order one for free! Don’t delay, simply CLICK HERE to order your poster.*Fluke Networks will ship this directly to you, within 3 weeks.
Networks Centre is proud to once again be supporting Networkshop this year in Liverpool on 27-28 March. We will be joined by some of our prestige manufacturing partners including Leviton (previously Brand-Rex), Prism, Raritan and Socomec who’s complementary products we will be showcasing. CPR Focus: The Construction Products Regulations and the recent UK interpretation of specification BS 6701* to meet Fire safety standards are having a major impact on the specifying and procurement of data cables. Visit us at stand number 30 and speak to our team to learn what this means and how Leviton have revised their range of data cables to meet compliance - if you are specifying or implementing network infrastructure cabling (new build or additions), you need to be aware of how this impacts your choices. Leviton’s, Tony Benn, will be at Networkshop46 on the 28th March to present his talk on Construction Product Regulation and Its Impact on Installations. This presentation covers the introduction of CPR and the formalisation of British Standards defining where higher performance reaction to fibre cables shall be used. Don’t miss it! Networkshop coincides with the European launch of the Leviton Atlas-X1 Cat 8 Shielded System. The system supports up to 25 and 40 Gb/s in the data centre access layer, with a trusted RJ-45 interface used in networks around the world. The superb Atlas-X1 will also be available in Cat 5e, 6, and 6A, offering the same, tool-less, easy to terminate, high quality and performance. To understand the application of Cat 8 Watch our video Complementing Atlas copper solutions, we will also be showcasing the Leviton HDX high-density cassette-based fibre management providing up to 144 fibres (LC) in one rack space but scaling up to 864 fibres using MTP cassettes, facilitating upgrade from 10Gb/s to 40 or 100Gb/s without the need of additional rack space. Complementing Leviton copper & fibre cabling solutions we will be presenting products from two leading rack power and management equipment manufacturers: Raritan will be presenting their new range of fully featured modular innovative Zero-U Cabinet PDU’s. Careful thought and years of experience have led to this product range which has been designed for Data Centres and other Critical Facilities. Unique features such as inbuilt power supply cord locking, 330-degree variable orientation for cable entry, clever screw-less mounting and a range of accessories such as locking caps make this PDU stand out from the crowd for its versatility and functionality. Socomec’s range of high-end professional power solutions is ideal to provide backup protection for servers, storage devices, emergency lighting and other mission-critical applications running on campus sites. The NETYS & ITYS ranges of UPS span all single-phase requirements from 600VA up to 24kVA. The rack-mounted ranges feature either line-interactive sine wave Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) or online double conversion (VFI) which ensures protection against supply fluctuations as well as integrated protection for LAN connection. Optional battery extension modules (EBM) can be added to extend back up times or support increased loads. Networks Centre will have the reputable F1 Prism cabinet on the stand to showcase all the above-mentioned products. The Prism FI enclosure is an innovative enclosure constructed from an extruded aluminium platform, with a high perforation rate for maximum airflow. The aluminium frame provides superior strength holding up to 1300kg and with its reduced weight is easily moved into any location.To register for your tickets to Networkshop46, CLICK HERE. *Telecommunications equipment and telecommunications cabling, the specification for installation, operation and maintenance
Fibre Optic Cleaning
A high-quality fibre optic installation starts with clean fibres and connectors. Clean mating surfaces give you faster transmission rates, higher bandwidth and maintenance-free operation. FOCCUS™ brand products from Chemtronics provide all the tools needed to quickly clean connectors and ports. The point cannot be driven home enough that the number one cause of fibre network issues and failures is contaminated connectors. Competent Fibre technicians should at least know that they are supposed to clean and inspect every fibre end face before making the final connection…. but are they cleaning fibre end faces correctly? Let’s take a look at some best practices. If you’ve ever seen a technician using canned air dusters for cleaning fibre end-faces, you’ve witnessed a very ineffective practice. Not only do canned air and dusters just succeed in blowing particles around, they are not all adequate for cleaning oils, residues, or small charged dust particles. Instead, use fabric and composite wipes made of a lint-free material that provides the absorbency to remove contaminants from the end-face, remembering to discard wipes after they’ve been used—a dirty wipe is the next dirty end face. Yet beware of using wipes alone—often referred to as “dry cleaning”—as this can leave a static charge on the fibre end face that actually attracts statically charged dust particles. A combination of composite wipes and solvent is really the way to go—solvents boost the cleaning ability of the wipe while eliminating the issue of static charge. Even the use of solvents has a best practice when it comes to fibre cleaning. First of all, don’t use too much as it can leave behind a film, and if you do, make sure to use a new dry wipe to get rid of the excess (but not too much dry cleaning or we’re back to the static charge issue). Don’t just use any old solvent - Isopropyl alcohol can leave behind a difficult-to-remove “halo” as it dries, causing attenuation. The difference between specialized fibre cleaning solvents and general purpose IPA cleaning solvents is easy to see.Specialized solvents (left) vs. isopropyl alcohol (right) Chemtronics developed a patented technology and proprietary Combination Cleaning™ process to give clean connections the first time, every time. Their Fibre optic kits include all the tools you need to tackle any situation. For cleaning fibre end-faces inside ports or equipment, Chemtronics offers lint-free mechanical port cleaning devices called ‘Clear Connection Tools’ CCT. They can be purchased individually or in kits for achieving Combination Cleaning™. They come in three different sizes for cleaning 1.5 mm, 2.5 mm and MPO style connectors. Speaking of MPO style connectors…Beware! Consider a multi-fibre MPO interface with an array that features a much larger surface area than a single fibre connector. Unfortunately, this larger area makes it easier to move contaminants from one fibre to another within the same array. And the larger the array, the higher the risk. With 24 fibre MPOs used in high-density fibre interconnects, the greater number of fibres are more difficult to control as not all the fibres protrude at exactly the same height. Height variances across the fibres can increase the risk of not every fibre being properly and equally clean. When cleaning an MPO connector, make sure the entire end face surface touches the wipe. Apply medium pressure and wipe in a direction perpendicular to the array. Back to Basics While some of these may seem like the most basic aspects of fibre cleaning, no blog on fibre cleaning best practices would be complete without these reminders. Never touch the fibre connector end face with your oily fingers Never touch the clean area of the wipe, cleaning fabric or swab Never touch the solvent dispensing tip Always were the appropriate safety glasses Always keep protective caps on unplugged fibre connectors Always store unused protective caps in a sealed connector Always discard used wipes immediately Always follow the golden rule of cleaning: ALWAYS inspect, clean and inspect again. Even if you think you have properly cleaned the fibre end face, you still need to follow it. Get the Right Tool for the Job with the Chemtronics Fibre Optic Cleaning Kits Selection Guide.Also, for a limited time only, get your Chemtronics CCT cleaners from only £45*. Contact to your account manager for more information!
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