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How to Reduce Feedback in Your Conference Room Calls

As businesses slowly resume regular operations, more people are returning to the office. Even so, some employees are opting to keep working from home. This results in a blended workplace, where some team members are in person, and others are remote. Video conferencing is the solution to keeping everyone engaged, no matter where they work.

One common issue with conference room calls is the potential for echoing and feedback. Rest assured that the proper setup can minimize background noise so all conference participants can have the best experience. Here’s what you need to know about reducing feedback on conference room calls.

What Causes Microphone Feedback?

Feedback is an annoying humming or squealing sound that microphones are sometimes prone to. The sound can be so distracting that you may be forced to postpone your meeting until you can resolve the issue.

Feedback occurs when a noise coming from a speaker reaches the microphone at a loud enough volume that the mic picks it up, amplifies it, and plays it through the speaker again. This creates a feedback loop that warps the sounds, sometimes resulting in shrill squealing that’s incredibly unpleasant.

How to Reduce Feedback on Conference Room Calls

When designing an audio system for your conference room, it’s vital to balance the needed acoustic gain with the potential gain that could cause feedback. Everything from the room’s acoustics to the positioning and direction of the microphones can affect the potential gain.

Follow these best practices to optimize sound system performance and minimize feedback:

  • Minimize the number of open microphones on a call: Every open mic decreases the potential gain needed to cause a feedback loop. To avoid unwanted noises from entering the system, ask each in-person participant to keep their microphone off until it’s their turn to speak.
  • Place a microphone close to each person: Ideally, each participant on a conference room call should have their own microphone, so less gain is required to capture the sound of their voice. Directional microphones also help block out unwanted sound.
  • Distribute speakers properly: Distributing speakers around the room helps people in the back hear just as well as those in the front. This prevents having to crank up the volume, which could cause feedback.
  • Improve the room’s acoustics: The hard walls, floors, and tabletops in your conference room increase reverberation and raise the risk of feedback. Installing sound-absorbing materials reduces the reverb and helps more direct sound reach the audience, allowing you to turn down the volume without making the call difficult to hear.
  • Consider signal processing: Ask your audiovisual installer about signal processing, an optional feature that builds feedback reduction directly into your AV setup. It works by introducing feedback into the system and then applying notches in the equalization to reduce troublesome frequencies.
  • Install a better sound system: High-quality speakers and microphones contain hardware designed to lessen feedback. Software is also available to address feedback susceptibility and improve conference room call quality. Choosing an expert AV team to design and install your audiovisual system is the best way to optimize performance.

Conference Room AV Design & Installation

Whether you’re upgrading your current setup or building a new one from scratch, the professionals at Corporate Technology Solutions can expertly implement a conference room audiovisual system. We utilize the latest technology to promote fast, efficient communication and minimal feedback. With over 20 years of AV experience, we’re confident we can fulfill your company’s needs and exceed your expectations.

To begin designing an audiovisual system for your conference room, please contact Corporate Technology Solutions at (877) 685-2626.

Posted in Blog on June 3rd, 2021 · Comments Off on How to Reduce Feedback in Your Conference Room Calls

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Is AirFiber Worth It?

Are you looking for a high-speed alternative to hardwired fiber optic cabling? AirFiber could be worth your consideration. Learn more about this revolutionary point-to-point wireless platform to help you decide if it’s the right solution for your home or business.

What is AirFiber?

AirFiber internet is a fixed wireless, high-speed broadband service that utilizes fixed-location microwave radio towers instead of phone or cable lines to deliver internet access to your location. This service, which is appropriate for both home and business use, allows for the transmission of data between two fixed points. A wireless router connected to a computer via an ethernet cable translates data into radio signals. It then transmits those signals via an antenna to other wireless-enabled devices on the network, including other computers and mobile phones.

To access airFiber, a 4- to 16-inch antenna is installed on the roof, along with a low-powered radio receiver/transmitter. The two devices are attached by an outdoor-rated ethernet cable, which powers the radio via Power over Ethernet standard (POE). The antenna is aimed at the nearest access point tower, which is usually one to 10 miles away.

What are the Capabilities of AirFiber?

Consider these benefits of airFiber internet:

  • High-speed performance: AirFiber provides speeds of up to 4+ Gbps (for airFiber AF-24) and ping times in the 5 to 25ms range. This makes airFiber more than 100 times faster than common broadband providers and on par with more expensive, labor-intensive wired fiber optic internet services. The technology is also superior to DSL, cellular, and satellite connections, which commonly experience lower speeds, lower monthly data limits, and unstable or high ping times.
  • No cable or phone lines required: Because fixed wireless broadband doesn’t require physical connections, you can access the internet without the expense and labor of digging a trench. Installing microwave wireless technology is much simpler and more cost-effective than hardwired alternatives.
  • Few outages: When you send and receive information via airFiber, data travels over the wireless link between the radio/antenna and the tower. From there, the information transmits over a wireless or fiber optic backhaul, eventually connecting to Enterprise-grade fiber optic connections. Thanks to the system’s design, even if a major fiber line is cut, the wireless core network reroutes traffic around the outage via a private wireless network to keep your connection up.
  • Resilient and reliable: AirFiber is impervious to storms that are capable of knocking out cable and phone line connections. Even during the fiercest rainstorms, you can typically expect performance to remain at 90-95%. Plus, because there are minimal physical components, theft, damage, vandalism, and breakage are reduced. Only the installation points on the roof need to be secure.
  • Compatible with popular streaming devices and services: Rest assured that airFiber is well-suited for virtual private networks (VPNs), Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), static IPs, online gaming, smart TVs, tablets, and smartphones.

What Limitations Exist?

The biggest drawback of airFiber is that a clear line of sight is required. If you want stable connectivity, there must be an unobstructed view between the mounting position of the antenna and the radio tower. Because fixed wireless internet access is based on low-power radio signals in the microwave spectrum, any trees, buildings, or other physical blockages between the tower and your location could cause the radio waves to reflect off those objects. This causes some waves to arrive out of phase with the signals that travel directly, reducing the power of the received signal and degrading your internet experience.

Install AirFiber in the Southwest

Interested in learning more about the capabilities of airFiber and whether it can help your business stay ahead of the curve? The best way to determine what’s best for your company is to speak with a professional low voltage company.

Contact Corporate Technology Solutions for help upgrading your wireless internet connection. We can provide airFiber to businesses throughout Albuquerque, New Mexico; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Phoenix, Tempe, and Tucson, Arizona.

Posted in Blog on April 16th, 2020 · Comments Off on Is AirFiber Worth It?

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HDBaseT Cabling Technology in Arizona

If your business has connectivity requirements, HDBaseT could be the solution you seek. This cabling technology transmits ultra-high-definition video, audio, Ethernet, control signals, USB, and up to 100 watts (W) of power—all over a single, long-distance category 5 (Cat 5) cable or higher. With this technology, you can connect and power household entertainment devices, commercial audiovisual equipment, automotive entertainment systems, and even industrial PCs.

If you currently have Ethernet cabling, you are a good candidate for converting to HDBaseT. To learn how our cabling contractors can help you switch seamlessly, please contact us.

Applications for HDBaseT

Since HDBaseT was originally introduced in 2010, it has revolutionized options for audiovisual distribution. Today, the technology is optimized for use in several different markets, including:

  • Home connectivity: In our increasingly connected homes, cabling is necessary to watch TV and movies, browse the web, and play video games. HDBaseT can handle applications as simple as a two-box TV setup to the most cutting-edge, multi-room home networking system.
  • Commercial audiovisual needs: HDBaseT has become the cabling solution of choice for digital signage, video displays, projectors, and other corporate applications. It has been deployed in settings as diverse as retail, education, hospitality, government, and more.
  • Automotive entertainment systems: With guarantees of top performance and low latency, HDBaseT is the perfect solution for in-vehicle connectivity. It tunnels video and data streams at up to 6Gbs over a single 15-meter (50-foot) unshielded twisted pair cable.
  • Industrial computing: Reliable connectivity is essential for guaranteed performance and control in an industrial setting. HDBaseT supports daisy-chain installation for multi-display applications, all with near-zero latency.

Benefits of HDBaseT

Before the advent of HDBaseT, audiovisual professionals all had the same question: how do you deliver high-quality audio and visual over a reasonable distance? The answer used to require complex, high-cost setups or serious compromises on content quality or range. HDBaseT solves these problems by providing the following benefits:

  • Long-distance transmission: It’s possible to connect devices with cables up to 100 meters (328 feet) with a single hop and up to 800 meters (2,625 feet) with eight hops.
  • Reduced cord clutter: When a single cord delivers video, audio, Ethernet, control signals, USB and power, you’re left with a simple, elegant, and aesthetically pleasing solution to your connectivity needs.
  • Flexibility: Users aren’t limited by the location of power outlets because 100-meter-long HDBaseT cables carry power with them, meaning devices that use up to 100W of energy don’t need to plug into the wall.
  • High performance: You shouldn’t have to compromise distance for quality. The current generation of HDBaseT can deliver up to 4K video along hundreds of meters of cabling, and 8K is already in the works.
  • Affordability: If you have Ethernet cabling in your home or business, upgrading to HDBaseT is easy and inexpensive. This cabling solution doesn’t use the Ethernet network, but it can be installed via the already existing infrastructure. Following installation, maintenance is also low-cost thanks to the simple layout of HDBaseT cabling.
  • Consistency: HDBaseT is an industry standard, making it compatible with most systems today. The only major limitation is that some televisions use over 100W of power. However, as the market turns toward HDTVs that consume less energy, investing in new displays could create the opportunity for an entirely HDBaseT-connected system.

Install HDBaseT in Arizona

HDBaseT could be the answer to your audiovisual needs, whether at home, in the car, or at your business. To hire cabling contractors to install HDBaseT, please contact Corporate Technology Solutions.

Posted in Blog on March 10th, 2018 · Comments Off on HDBaseT Cabling Technology in Arizona

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Top 5 Digital Signage Trends in 2018

The digital signage industry has been growing rapidly both in availability and capability. Both technology and user experience have been advancing significantly. There are five big trends we are excited to see in 2018.

Slim, Sleek Designs

Slim screens that fit into their surroundings are going to become more and more commonplace. This is an increase in the technology itself, but it will also greatly impact user experience. Size, appearance, and functionality of displays are all highly likely to continue to increase.

Increased Personalization and Interactivity

This is traditionally a very difficult area for digital signage success. Touch screens make this easier, but the difficulty lies in creating an intuitive user experience for a wide range of users (both technology-savvy and not). Additionally, these solutions have to be integrated with multiple data sources, which is far from an easy task! However, we expect to see continued advances in this area. Interactivity is becoming essential for effective and successful digital signage campaigns. Interactivity is also growing past now-common touch screens, with voice recognition and programmed display behavior becoming more popular.

More Responsive Content

Responsive content enables us to create digital signage that automatically changes its display content in accordance with the:

  • Weather (advertising for sunglasses on a bright day or cold drinks on a hot, summer day)
  • Traffic (suggesting alternate routes in times of heavy traffic)
  • Time of day (messaging segmented by morning, rush hour, etc.)

Sensors on the actual displays, as well as data feeds from computers and the web, will adjust content according to real-world conditions.

Improved Outdoor Hardware

Digital signage is being used more and more outdoors, so it is only natural that its hardware continues to adapt to outdoor performance demands. There will almost certainly be an increase in reflective LCD displays as they perform exceptionally in bright sunlight, among other advantages. They rely on external light sources to display content. There have been some significant breakthroughs in this technology.

Physical and Digital Blur

Simply put, digital signage will blur the lines between the digital and physical world. Expect to see more Extended Reality (XR) – which includes Augmented Reality (AR), where people use a device that shows a digital overlay over the real world, augmenting what is physically present, and Virtual Reality (VR), where people in the real world physically interact with a wholly digital construct. Displays will become integral parts of events. This blurring of lines also connects with the improved hardware for outdoor applications.

As you can see, companies are no longer just concerned with what the screens look like—they’re focused on how and what they are displaying to optimize impact and user experience.

Contact Corporate Technology Solutions for Digital Signage Repair, Maintenance, or Installation in Arizona

Corporate Technology Solutions’ Audio Video Division serves the southwest states of Arizona with offices in Tucson and Tempe. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today for any digital signage service needs or questions that you have!

Posted in Blog on January 31st, 2018 · Comments Off on Top 5 Digital Signage Trends in 2018

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The Link Between Software-Defined Networking and Passive Optical LANs

We’ve previously outlined some of the major benefits of installing a passive optical network for your company’s technology infrastructure. Recent industry news and research has reinforced some of these benefits and has some speculating on future developments for passive optical LANs.

The Development of Service Providers’ Networks May Suggest Future Developments in Enterprise LAN Environments

Passive optical local area networks (passive optical LANs) are a technology that was developed for fiber-to-the-home/fiber-to-the-X networks. This type of network is now making its way into the enterprise, making it a key example of technologies that are expanding/shifting to the enterprise in this way. Organizations and groups—notably including the Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN)—have emphasized for several years that passive optical LANs incorporate proven technologies that have served FTTx networks for years.

In a white paper titled “Smarter Networks with Passive Optical LANs,” experts from IBM open with this: “In the 1980s and 1990s, optical communications revolutionized long-haul transmission. Today, the long distance and underwater communications are the backbone of every major provider consisting of optical fiber. The technology has shown to be vastly superior to copper in terms of bandwidth, range, consumed power, longevity and reliability. Recent advances in the manufacturing and commercialization of passive optical components are now extending these capabilities to the edge and campus networks. Buildings that have been traditionally wired with Cat 5/6 copper are facing fantastic opportunity from the emergence of passive optical LAN technology…”

Given the degree that passive optical networking technology now has been adopted in enterprises, the technological evolution currently occurring in service-provider networks could be an antecedent to eventual developments in enterprise environments.


On October 5, AT&T Labs’ associate vice president for technical design and architecture, Eddy Barker, revealed in a blog post that AT&T released the Virtual Optical Line Termination Hardware Abstraction (VOLTHA) into the Open Networking Foundation. Baker wrote: “This is the first major open-source software release that provides the ‘brain’ for XGS-PON technology. It also delivers on our commitment to move toward open source software and SDN/NFV [network function virtualization] frameworks.”

Barker went on to describe XGS-PON as a passive optical network that promises “broadband connectivity up to 10 Gbits/sec. XGS-PON is a fixed wavelength symmetrical 10-Gbit/sec passive optical network technology. It can coexist with the current-generation GPON [Gigabit Passive Optical Network] technology and provide 4x faster downstream bandwidth. It’s as cost-effective as GPON.”

The Open Networking Foundation defines itself as “a non-profit operator-led consortium driving transformation of network infrastructure and carrier business models … The ONF serves as the umbrella for a number of projects building solutions by leveraging network disaggregation, white box economics, open source software and software defined standards to revolutionize the carrier industry.”

One of the ONF’s projects is CORD—Central Office Rearchitected as a Datacenter. “The edge of the operator network (such as the central office for telcos and the headend for cable operators) is where operators connect to their customers,” the ONF says. “CORD is a project intent on transforming this edge into an agile service delivery platform enabling the operator to deliver the best end-user experience along with innovative next-generation services.”

“The CORD platform leverages SDN, NFV and cloud technologies to build agile data centers for the network edge.,” ONF continued. “Integrating multiple open source projects, CORD delivers a cloud-native, open, programmable, agile platform for network operators to create innovative services.”

CORD is packaged into three solutions for different market-use cases, ONF explained. M-CORD supports 5G mobile edge services with disaggregated and virtualized radio, and an open source mobile core. R-CORD supports residential subscribers over wireline access technologies like GPON,, 10GPON and DOCSIS. E-CORD supports enterprise services such as virtual private networks and application optimization (software-defined WAN) over metro and wide area networks.

The VOLTHA 1.0 release is a notable milestone for the CORD project. AT&T’s Barker stated that major software releases like it “are necessary to fulfill our vision of a software-defined network, which employs NFV. We expect to have 55 percent of our networks virtualized by the end of 2017. We aim to have 75 percent of our traffic on our software-defined network by 2020, and we’re pushing hard to beat that goal.

“Open software efforts benefit the industry because we rely on the active participation and feedback form a large community of developers,” he added. “Developers can improve, add, and influence changes to the software that will help us deliver XGS-PON technology to customers quickly. We are currently performing proof-of-concept testing of VOLTHA in our labs and are planning to deploy XGS-PON field trials before the end of 2017.”


Most likely, it will be quite a long time before something resembling VOLTHA emerges in mainstream enterprise networking. However, SDN is a timely topic for the LAN. In a document intended for federal-government users, Tellabs states that passive optical LAN offers the best architecture for software-defined LANs. The document describes that as government network administrators assess the advantages and merits of SDN functionality in buildings and across campuses, they are doing so “under the assumption that SDN fixes traditional LAN operational efficiencies, security and reliability shortcomings. However, what they don’t realize is that by bolting-on SDN as an overlay to a legacy LAN design, they leave the inherent weakness of traditional LANs.”

Tellabs further contends, “Adding complexity with SDN can marginally improve LAN operational efficiencies, security and reliability, but by introducing more sophistication, the fixes can negatively contribute to the same attributes they were intended to repair. Furthermore, there are alternative means of addressing the underlying fundamental faults relative to traditional LAN … that specifically fix root problems.”

Tellabs explains that passive optical LAN is an example of alternative means. They articulate the potential drawbacks of implementing SDN as an overlay to a traditional LAN:

  • Access, aggregation, distribution, and work-group switches are complex, full-functioning devices, representing potential security weaknesses.
  • Complex full-functioning switches spread across buildings and a campus equals distributed intelligence and management at each port, thereby requiring local provisioning, troubleshooting and management of higher-level IP and Layer 3 functions at each port.
  • Adding SDN protocols to existing full-functioning switches inserts security, operation, and reliability complexities.

On the other hand, Tellabs argues that an optical LAN “marries the best features of passive optical networking with advanced Ethernet functionality. It does so within the framework that matches cloud, wireless, hosted/managed services, data center and SDN architecture—all of which have the common trait of having centralized intelligence and management.” Additionally, a passive optical LAN can define network resources in software and dynamically allocate them based on real-time demands.

Tellabs underscores this: passive optical LAN facilitates SDN implementation in part because “simple unmanaged ONTs [optical network terminals] are better suited for SDN rather than complex full-functioning traditional switches,” and because a passive optical LAN “will allow a mixture of G-PON, XGS-PON, and NG-PON2 [40G] technology choices simultaneously, without the rip-and-replace of today’s infrastructure.”

As IBM’s white paper pointed out, optics changed service-provider networks in the 1980s. It was around 2010 when passive optical LAN technology took hold in enterprise networks. It may be decades before the fruits of the ONF’s efforts are enjoyed by enterprise networks—if they ever are. However, advocates of passive optical LANs are looking to and citing history to make their claim for what’s in store in the future.

Interested in Passive Optical LAN for Your Southwest Business?

With the many advantages of passive optic LAN, it may be the right choice for your business. But that decision is best made when consulting with a professional. Corporate Technology Solutions has been providing turnkey low voltage and structured cabling solutions throughout the Southwest for over 15 years. We have offices in Tempe, Tucson and Las Vegas and would be happy to discuss your business’s needs and technology strategies. Contact us online or give us a call today.

Posted in Blog on December 22nd, 2017 · Comments Off on The Link Between Software-Defined Networking and Passive Optical LANs

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In-Building Wireless Strategies

With over 10 billion devices wirelessly connected in the market today, it’s crucial for building owners to keep up with growing trends and demands for connectivity. Keep in mind that connecting via Wi-Fi or 3G/4G is no longer something people are just doing on the move—over 70 percent of mobile usage is happening indoors. Plus, using a cellular phone does not just mean making a few calls or sending text messages—devices keep pushing the limit on voice and data usage, including allowing constant connectivity for streaming videos and music, sending emails and photos, and other specialized (usage-heavy) apps.

Because employees, guests, and customers bring their own devices with them almost everywhere they go (whether a smartphone, tablet, or laptop), they not only need but come to expect strong, reliable wireless signal. This changing expectation provides pressure on commercial developers but also allows for equal opportunity to stay ahead of the trends and continue providing a seamless transition from outdoors to in.

Below, we’ve outlined strategies that building owners or commercial real estate developers can take to improve in-building connectivity.

Viewing Wireless Connectivity as a Fourth Utility

Business developers or current building managers have increased pressure to make their wireless connectivity (both cellular signal and Wi-Fi) reliable for their employees and customers throughout their entire buildings. Even more than just phones and computers require connectivity these days—from printers to security systems and thermostats to the never-ending release of new “smart” devices.

Understanding that users want full-strength, full-speed dependable wireless communication, one initial strategy for managers is simply a mental shift to viewing wireless connectivity as a fourth utility—in addition to gas, water, and electric. Employees and customers now expect strong signal in an office just as much as they’d expect working sinks and electricity.

With that viewpoint, it will be installed and implemented with the intent to last a life time, rather than causing building owners the headache of upgrading to meet with increasing demands.

Switching from Copper Cabling to Fiber Infrastructure

Fiber cabling, in lieu of copper cabling, has become a growing trend for real estate developers. Fiber allows for cleaner, simpler cabling solutions and provides the capacity for unlimited bandwidth.

Fiber networks (compared to copper):

  • Cost less to install and maintain
  • Suffer less downtime
  • Require less networking hardware
  • Are one-tenth the size and weight of copper
  • Are more readily available than copper (minimizing installation time)

Choosing fiber cabling solutions from the start of construction also reduces cost over time from minimizing necessary and sometimes continuous upgrades of copper systems. Learn more about fiber vs. copper cable structuring »

Infrastructure to Improve In-Building Wireless

While increased use and reliance can put a strain on in-building networks (both Wi-Fi and cellular data), there are other causes that can reduce effectiveness of in-building connectivity. Causes of poor wireless signal throughout your building can include:

  • The number of employees – each employee likely has more than one device connecting online (sometimes even more than five) when you include work and personal cellular phones, desk phones with VoIP, laptops and desktop computers, printers and other office equipment, and even other smart devices like fitness trackers, smart watches, and tablets.
  • Building layout – most buildings include interior spaces that are blocked by thick walls or even mazes of hallways to get from an exterior wall to that particular conference room or office.
  • Building interference – this includes certain metals, wire mesh, piping, insulation materials, surrounding trees and plans, parking garages, and more.

Learn more about designing and installing dependable wireless solutions for businesses »

Using a Single Integrator for All Your Low Voltage Needs

To complete your in-building networking project (whether an upgrade to existing facility or implementation for a new construction development), it’s best to work with one full-service company rather than different contractors or vendors for each need. Instead of hiring multiple companies to handle your low voltage, structured cabling, and in-building wireless solutions, you can reduce time and cost by choosing a turn-key solutions provider.

Full-Service Integrated Low Voltage Solutions

Corporate Technology Solutions is a low voltage company providing turnkey solutions for our customers throughout the Southwest. Growing from a top tier cabling installer, we now specialize in the design and installation of many systems based on our history of voicedatavideo, and fiber optic cabling systems.

Integrated solutions we provide include:

  • DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems)
  • WI-FI systems
  • GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Networks)
  • A/V
  • Security systems for business
  • Access control system solutions
  • Video surveillance (CCTV)
  • Emergency communication systems
  • Business intercom solutions
  • Paging systems

Ready to get started? Give us a call today to talk about the solutions we can provide for you and your company located in the Southwest.

Posted in Blog, In-Building Wireless on March 15th, 2016 · Comments Off on In-Building Wireless Strategies

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New Wire for New POE Standard 802.3bt

There is a new 4-pair Power over Ethernet (4PPoE) wire, going hand in hand with the Power over Ethernet (PoE) standard, 802.3bt.

The 4PPoE wire has a high rate of power supply, which can power up to 100 watts, four to five times greater than the current rate of power available within structured cabling systems. This technology is set to vastly improve structured cabling systems, as it will allow for more powerful terminal equipment to run on network cables. The 4PPoE wire means there is no longer a need for parallel power cabling.

Going forward, PoE will require the use of all four twisted pairs within network cabling to handle the energy transfer, which is why it is named 4-pair Power over Ethernet.

Cabling standards have to address some of the issues with 4PPoE. Because it is twisted-pair copper cabling, it may heat up when it is supplying power, meaning there may be an increase in attenuation. Cabling standards dealing with the avoidance of critical temperature increases are important, as they help protect the power available within the structured cabling systems, and set out safety measures to avoid too much heat. Proper safety precautions must be taken to avoid the risk of fire, for example. Cabling standards set out all of the information needed to mitigate risk.

For those installing structured cabling systems using this Power over Ethernet wire, there are tools available to ensure standards are met. Installers can use a PoE calculator that takes all factors into consideration, including ambient air temperature, cable lengths, and cable types.

This Power over Ethernet cabling will support many applications. As it is able to transfer Ethernet speed of 10 gigabits, it will be used for data transfer, but it can also be used to power IP terminal devices like cameras, monitors, wireless access points, and point-of-sale terminals via the local data network.

PoE can also be used to support the Internet of Things, powering sensors and control systems in remote locations without needing cables.

The new wire for PoE standard 802.3bt is a major victory for improving and advancing technology. This is a development that is very exciting for many people using structured cabling systems, as an increase in power is something that everyone can benefit from, whether it is a company or its users.

Posted in Blog on December 24th, 2015 · Comments Off on New Wire for New POE Standard 802.3bt

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LTE for Indoor needs

Wifi systems for business go hand in hand with LTE, when you are trying to meet indoor connectivity needs. Working together, these two systems can create the best connectivity.

LTE is commonly known as 4G LTE, and is a wireless communication standard, used to transmit high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals.

Users expect coverage everywhere, even indoors. Wifi systems for business do have a place, but for indoor deployments, distributed antenna systems work well.

Distributed antenna system companies can install a network that will support various devices, ensuring there are no gaps in reliability and connectivity. When you overlay distributed antenna systems with LTE, you are providing high capacity and speed.

Technology companies are putting a focus on LTE technology, and other technologies distributed antenna system companies can use in conjunction with their existing infrastructure. Instead of simply working with wifi systems for business, the doors have been opened to tailoring your chosen technology for your specific building and user base.

For instance, Ericsson has introduced a new LTE software suite, Ericsson Networks Software 16A, which promises to increase uplink speeds by up to 200 percent and downlink speeds by up to 30 percent. It also supports LTE-Unlicensed.

This is important, as Ericsson is looking to a future in which many users have multiple mobile devices, as well as other connected devices via the Internet of Things. This means that stable, reliable indoor coverage is hugely important now, and will be even more important as people begin relying on their LTE-enabled devices at a higher rate.

Many people believe just LTE, or just wifi systems for businesses are ideal, but when you deploy both at the same time, your distributed antenna systems will benefit the highest number of people. When your network options are robust, you will keep more users happy.

If you are trying to sort out what networking options are best for your indoor needs, it is a good idea to check with experts at distributed antenna system companies, who can check out your space, talk to you about your goals, and help you determine what combination of technology will be ideal for your purposes. You will likely end up with a combination of LTE and other networking technology, perfectly suited for your business, and designed to keep your users happy.

Posted in Blog on December 17th, 2015 · Comments Off on LTE for Indoor needs

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Wireless Connectivity

What is wireless connectivity, how can it help you, and what do you need to do to accommodate WiFi? With wireless networking, you are able to access and control various aspects of your facility. This could include systems like HVAC, lighting, or sensors, as well as devices that use WiFi like computers, tablets, and phones. These days, it’s hard to find a workplace or building that does not use wireless networking in some capacity.

WiFi usage is only growing, as portable devices like smartphones gain popularity and building systems’ technology improves. This means your facility needs to plan ahead to accommodate WiFi wherever it can, so you can keep up with industry trends, new technology, and best practices. Your wireless networking needs may need to grow to include various wireless standards like ZigBee, near field communication and Bluetooth, depending on which technologies make the most sense for the applications involved.

How does cellular data usage and WiFi affect your facility? For many people using smartphones and other portable devices, the cellular network is actually faster than wireless networking. Your facility needs to accommodate your users in whatever way makes sense – consider keeping up with improved versions of WiFi, which promise increases in speed and bandwidth. Either way, you will have to have a plan in place to expand your available networking, whether it’s through cellular data usage, or WiFi.

Many companies are moving toward a bring-your-own-device environment, allowing employees and clients to bring in their own tablets, phones, computers, and other devices to work on projects. Wireless networking makes this much easier, so long as it is secure.

What does wireless networking mean for your Ethernet cabling needs? You may be used to a wired environment, using Ethernet cabling to create a network and remain connected. In the world of WiFi, cables are not needed as much – hence the name wireless networking. However, if you want speed and reliability, you will likely still be using Ethernet cabling in some capacity. Many facilities take a hybrid approach to all of these technologies, using various standards for each separate application. It is perfectly normal to use different wireless networking standards, and Ethernet cabling, in the same business or the same building. A cabling expert can help you determine what systems will best suit your needs, so you can work without any technical issues or interruptions.

Posted in Blog on December 10th, 2015 · Comments Off on Wireless Connectivity

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Improving the Wi-Fi User Experience

Accessing WiFi is a common, everyday thing in the average network user’s life – with mobile equipment, WiFi hotspots available all over the world, and increasingly fast and easy-to-use technology, it’s little wonder that more and more people are using this type of network.
But how can operators improve the WiFi user experience?

WiFi is being used to enable cellular offload by many operators, but for users, it’s the first network they turn off when they run into issues. When a user is stuck dealing with poor connectivity, inability to roam, bandwidth problems and long load times, switching off WiFi seems like the first trick to try. Operators can combat this by using 802.11ai technology.

802.11ai technology offers many benefits. It reduced the number of link-setup messages to four, which is much lower than what is required for many legacy WiFi setups. The initial link setup time is very fast with 802.11ai technology, which translates into happy users.

802.11ai also allows for an increased user capacity, even if there are many users trying to access the same WiFi network – this should be of interest to all operators, but especially those that serve large public networks like transportation stations, hotels, and event venues.

Roaming is important to your user base, and you can make this a good experience by using 802.11ai – this technology lets STAs find the best AP almost instantly, so users barely register an interruption, if at all.

If you’re an operator looking for a flexible WiFi deployment model, talk to your cable contractor in Phoenix, like CTS Cabling, about 802.11ai and how it can benefit you and your users. By deploying 802.11ai you can easily address many of the common problems WiFi users complain about while strengthening your network and getting an edge up on your competition.

A cable contractor in Phoenix, like CTS Cabling, can help you design and implement anything you need to make your network the best it can be. When you get your WiFi network working well, and have a happy, satisfied user base, you may find that you spend less money and time dealing with customer complaints, freeing up resources to improve your networks in even more ways. It’s a win-win situation, for you and your clients, so don’t hesitate to work with CTS cabling to maximize your networking potential.

Posted in Blog on December 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off on Improving the Wi-Fi User Experience

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