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Networks Centre is one of the UK’s leading distributors of complete end-to-end network cabling solutions and security products.  We offer an extensive range of fibre optic and copper cabling systems; with all accessories, at very competitive prices, and by world-leading brands. Call our experienced and qualified sales team, to quote on your next installation or Data Centre project. We’re available 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, on +44 (0)1403 754233
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Networks Centre has sponsored a cyclist in the JOGLE 4 day cycle challenge, which began on 4th September 2014. The annual race begins in Scotland, and competing cyclists have a very tough task; travelling through the Highlands and Scottish borders, down through North West England, through East Wales, and into the bottom left hand corner of the UK. Cyclists experience a 4 day intensive ride, covering over 200 miles a day and cover over 800 miles in total. Networks Centre are specifically sponsoring Martin Fox, originally from Southampton, who is raising money to fund a life changing operation for two children suffering with Cerebral Palsy.Martin Fox explains, ‘The last 25 miles was the most challenging, once I hit the hills of Somerset. With the help of work colleagues, I successful crossed the finishing line.”Networks Centre is proud to support Martin’s challenge, whose efforts so far have raised over £2,000 and exceeded their target. Managing Director, Duncan Lindsay, told us: ‘Martin has proven that sheer determination goes a long way. His efforts will support Ben and Oliver’s operation and we’re proud to be able to help in any way that we can.’ If you’d like to find out more information about sponsoring Martin, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/LEJOG4daychallenge/ Written by Callum Murphy Networks Centre distributes the largest range of Fibre Optic Cable, Copper Cable and Networking Solutions in the UK. Our complete range of end-to-end systems are available from world-leading brands. We stock Panduit, Siemon, Brand-Rex, Fluke Networks, Prism Enclosures, Sumitomo and many more. Speak to our Sales Account Managers today on 01403 754 233 or email enquiries@networkscentre.com More
Many of today’s evolved Data Centres struggle with inefficiency, and as a result are failing to achieve maximum cost savings. When planning a new facility or upgrade, the type of cabling products chosen can make a difference in terms of operational cost savings.With our increasing need for speed, many data centres are now choosing the 10GBASE-T Cat6a twisted pair copper cables, which tend to have a larger diameter. Consequently, one of the problems many data centre managers experience is the capacity of copper cable in the pathways within the facility. Congested cable routes can cause a number of problems including:•    Preventing the cool air reaching equipment in the cold aisle due to blocked underfloor pathways•    The airflow in the network cabinets being restricted by the amount of copper patch cordsTo improve this congested pathway, a viable option for data centre infrastructure is to use a smaller diameter Cat6a copper cable with a 26AWG, known as the Zone Cable.The Zone Cable has many advantages including:•    Easier cable management•    Improves airflow within network cabinets•    Improves airflow in the underfloor containment by reducing cable fill•    Easy to install and manage, with all electrical parameters of the Cat6a, component and channel requirements being met•    Due to less copper, this is a much more cost effective option•    Aids efficiency as it enables 120 cables to be fitted into a basket tray, rather than just 50 standard sized Cat6a cables.Not everyone is convinced by the 26AWG Cat6a cable, for the following reasons:•    Only complies with ANSI/TIA568.C.2 and ISO 11801 Class EA internal and alien crosstalk parameters, up to 70 metres. Instead of standard Cat6a which is up to 100 metres  (However, the average data centre is only 30 metres, so this should not be an issue)•    Some are Category 6/6e zone cable, which advertise 10GBASE-T performance, but only meet the guidelines set out in TSB-155. With no margin on alien crosstalk and will not be completely certified for 10GBASE-T performance without costly testingHowever, using smaller diameter twisted pair copper cables can reduce operational costs in many ways: from savings in energy to engineering time; and from enabling higher port density to improving manageability. Whilst there are some guidelines that need to be followed, with the right approach to planning, and design and carefully selecting the right manufacturer, smaller diameter cables have many advantages that should be considered for your data centre. Written by Callum Murphy Networks Centre distributes the largest range of Fibre Optic Cable, Copper Cable and Networking Solutions in the UK. Our complete range of end-to-end systems are available from world-leading brands. We stock Panduit, Siemon, Brand-Rex, Fluke Networks, Prism Enclosures, Sumitomo and many more. Speak to our Sales Account Managers today on 01403 754 233 or email enquiries@networkscentre.com More
This October, Networks Centre celebrates 10 very successful years as one of the UK’s largest distributors of end-to-end, complete network infrastructure solutions. And to celebrate in style … we’re hosting one of our extremely successful Love2Shop voucher promotions for our valued customers. To thank you for your custom and loyalty over the last decade, from the 1st until the 31st October 2014, when you place orders, we will give you Love2Shop vouchers!* •    Spend £1000 and receive £20 worth of vouchers•    Spend £5000 and receive £125 worth of vouchers•    Spend £10,000 and receive £350 worth of vouchers Love2Shop vouchers can be spent in a very wide range of popular and reputable retailers:•    HMV, Argos, Boots•    American Golf, Homebase, Halfords•    House of Fraser, River Island, Bella Italia Take advantage of this promotion today, by ordering any Networks Centre products and brands, including but not limited to:  (all URL links)•    Brand-Rex fibre optic cable•    Prism Cabinets•    Panduit FiberRunner •    Fluke Networks Versiv Range•    Siemon Cat6A Copper cablingAnd much more. Celebrate 10 years of business with us, with our October promotion. For any help, advice or information, please call us on 01403 754233 or email: enquiries@networkscentre.com  * Terms and Conditions apply: Promotion is based on single order value (ex VAT), not total spend within the campaign period. All orders must be raised and invoiced within the campaign period. Not to be used in conjuction with any other offer or price support. E&OE excepted. Written by Callum Murphy Networks Centre distributes the largest range of Fibre Optic Cable, Copper Cable and Networking Solutions in the UK. Our complete range of end-to-end systems are available from world-leading brands. We stock Panduit, Siemon, Brand-Rex, Fluke Networks, Prism Enclosures, Sumitomo and many more. Speak to our Sales Account Managers today on 01403 754 233 or email enquiries@networkscentre.com More
Networks Centre are pleased to announce that they are a key UK distributor of the Siemon brand and product line offering full stock of Siemon MAX® Category 6 and TERA® Category 7A Structured cabling products.   Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader that specialises in the manufacture and innovation of high quality and high-performance complete network cabling solutions.This truly global company produces fully comprehensive: copper and fibre cabling systems, racks, cabinets, and cooling systems. Networks Centre stock a very comprehensive range of Siemon products, including:•    Unshielded and shielded category 5A, category 6A and category 7/7A copper cables and accessories•    Both multimode and single mode fibre optic cable systems •    Infrastructure and cable management solutions, racks, tools and testersOne of the many attractions of the Siemon brand to Networks Centre, is its strong focus on quality, performance and innovation when designing products. Siemon invest heavily in research and development, plus contribute to many important industry standards. The company is very committed to its customers and the industry. By distributing Siemon’s complete cabling systems and accessories, Networks Centre is solidifying its position as one of the UK’s largest distributors of end-to-end, complete network infrastructure solutions. Networks Centre not only distributes cabling components, but also supplies all equipment needed to build the modern Data Centre.  On top of distributing a great range of Siemon’s products, Networks Centre also hold ‘Siemon Registered Installer Training’ days, for interested customers, several times a year.  To register your interest in our next training session, please contact Jay Strickland on 01403 754233. Please click here to browse our full range of Siemon products.   Written by Callum Murphy Networks Centre distributes the largest range of Fibre Optic Cable, Copper Cable and Networking Solutions in the UK. Our complete range of end-to-end systems are available from world-leading brands. We stock Panduit, Siemon, Brand-Rex, Fluke Networks, Prism Enclosures, Sumitomo and many more. Speak to our Sales Account Managers today on 01403 754 233 or email enquiries@networkscentre.com Networks Centre distributes the largest range of Fibre Optic Cable, Copper Cable and Networking Solutions in the UK. Our complete range of end-to-end systems are available from world-leading brands. We stock Panduit, Siemon, Brand-Rex, Fluke Networks, Prism Enclosures, Sumitomo and many more. Speak to our Sales Account Managers today on 01403 754 233 or email enquiries@networkscentre.com More
The New Fluke Networks OnePromo Networks Centre is proud to offer Fluke Networks’ newest and most generous promotion to date: OnePromo! Receive a huge £1,750 off your next purchase of the DSX-5000 CableAnalyzer™ when you trade-in. Trade-in any fibre optic or copper cable testing piece of equipment, any make or model, in order to qualify for this excellent promotion, which is running for a limited time only. In order to take advantage of Fluke Networks’ OnePromo, please ensure that you contact your Networks Centre account manager and purchase your DSX-5000 by December 24th 2014 at the very latest. The DSX-5000 CableAnalyzer™ features a fantastic new modular design supporting copper certification, OTDR testing and Wi-Fi analysis. It comes with an unmatched speed for Cat6a, Class FA and all current standards. The ProjX™ system that is provided with the DSX-5000, manages job requirements and progress from set up to systems acceptance; ensuring that all tests are completed correctly. The DSX-5000 also comes with the Taptive™ user interface to simplify set up and eliminate any errors; analysing test results is also made simple with the use of Linkware™ management software to create professional test reports. Speak to your Sales Account Manager and take advantage of Fluke Networks’ OnePromo today! For more information, see our promotions page or please call us on 01403 754 233 or email enquiries@networkscentre.com Networks Centre distributes the largest range of Fibre Optic Cable, Copper Cable and Networking Solutions in the UK. Our complete range of end-to-end systems are available from world-leading brands. We stock Panduit, Siemon, Brand-Rex, Fluke Networks, Prism Enclosures, Sumitomo and many more. Speak to our Sales Account Managers today on 01403 754 233 or email enquiries@networkscentre.com   More
There is no question that online communication via the medium of fibre optic cabling is our future. The fibre optic communication industry has been enjoying great growth for the past decade. In 2010 the global demand for fibre optic cable reached 182 million fibre-km*. This growth has been driven by both technological advances hitting the marketplace, and market demand e.g. China. Along with its significant increase in connection speed, fibre optic cabling also offers a tremendous capacity to keep up with any new technological advances. This is due to the fact that once the basic fibre optic infrastructure is in place, it can be rearranged; enabling the end point electronics to be upgraded when necessary, in order to deliver even higher capacity. Many believe that fibre won the war over copper years ago, among telecom service providers in long haul, metro and residential networks. Indeed, fibre is now taking over mobile networks where it handles backhaul chores today. Only fibre, with its long reach, reliability, space savings, immunity to interference and relatively low cost, can help both public and enterprise operators control their budgets. Whilst also delivering high quality services at even faster speeds. Fibre will dominate enterprise networks, just as it does in today’s public networks. This is since fibre will serve most access points and radio based stations in the near future, whether an enterprise user connects to the network via mobile or fixed line device. Fibre optics will carry the majority of the traffic. To support the changing and fast-growing bandwidth needs of the Data Centre, the IEEE ratified standards for supporting 40 Gigabit and 100 Gigabit. Both single mode Fibre and OM3 and OM4 multimode fibre (OM3, OM4) were approved in the standard. Today 40Gbs Multimode uses parallel optics with MPO interconnects and requires additional cable infrastructure depending on the system deployed, while single mode fibre will use LC or SC connectors. However, Cisco has announced a new technology for deploying 40G Ethernet that has, so far, received little attention.  Cisco calls that technology BiDi. BiDi stands for “bi-directional”.  BiDi uses two different wavelengths on the same fibre, with one wavelength going in one direction and the second wavelength moving in the opposite direction.  The advantage with Cisco’s 40G BiDi is that it can use the same duplex MM 10G infrastructure to implement 40G Ethernet. 10G Ethernet (10GBASE-SR) uses duplex fibre with LC connectors, in order to transmit on one of the fibres and receive on the other fibre.  40G Ethernet (40GBASE-SR4) uses 8 multimode optical fibres: 4 to transmit and 4 for receiving.  This requires the use of 8 cores, but the products used are 12-fiber trunks and patch cables terminated with MPO/ MTP connectors. So with 40G Ethernet only using 8 out of the 12 fibres in a 12-fiber trunk, when migrating from 10G to 40G Ethernet, we have unused infrastructure. There is also a cost with discarding MPO to LC cassettes and moving to couplers. BiDi offers an alternative way to deploy 40G Ethernet that meets the 40GBASE-SR4 performance requirements. BiDi provides 40G Ethernet on two multimode fibres and duplex LC connectors, the same as the existing 10G infrastructure that is deployed today.  With 40G BiDi, migrating from 10G to 40G is easy - just replace the existing 10G optical modules with 40G BiDi optical modules.  There is no need for expensive MPO couplers, discarding expensive cassettes, or additional fibre infrastructure. In truth, Fibre Optics are here to stay and will remain at the forefront of all cabling infrastructures for the foreseeable future. *provided by Integer-Research Written by Emma Flanagan Networks Centre distributes the largest range of Fibre Optic Cable, Copper Cable and Networking Solutions in the UK. Our complete range of end-to-end systems are available from world-leading brands. We stock Panduit, Siemon, Brand-Rex, Fluke Networks, Prism Enclosures, Sumitomo and many more. Speak to our Sales Account Managers today on 01403 754 233 or email enquiries@networkscentre.com Networks Centre distributes the largest range of Fibre Optic Cable, Copper Cable and Networking Solutions in the UK. Our complete range of end-to-end systems are available from world-leading brands. We stock Panduit, Siemon, Brand-Rex, Fluke Networks, Prism Enclosures, Sumitomo and many more. Speak to our Sales Account Managers today on 01403 754 233 or email enquiries@networkscentre.com More

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