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HDBaseT Cabling Technology in Arizona & Utah

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 Your Arizona or Utah Home or Business

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. We have offices in Phoenix, Tucson, and Salt Lake City to serve businesses throughout Arizona and Utah.

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

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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 & Utah

Corporate Technology Solutions’ Audio Video Division serves the southwest states of Arizona and Utah with offices in Tucson, Tempe, and Salt Lake City. 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.

VOLTHA, ONF, CORD & MORE

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, G.fast, 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.”

HOW POL FITS

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, Las Vegas, and Salt Lake City 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)
  • Fire alarm systems
  • 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, every day 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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Systems Design and 802.3bt

The newest Power over Ethernet (POE) standard, IEEE 802.3bt, offers a lot of speed and power. It’s referred to as 4PPoE, because it uses all four pairs, instead of two pairs, for POE+ power delivery. IEEE 802.3bt will go up to 100 watts, about four times more than the current POE+ IEEE standard. When you need high power for your devices, IEEE 802.3bt will work well in your systems design.

IEEE 802.3bt will allow for more energy going to powerful terminal devices, using network cables. This means parallel power cabling does not have to be a part of your systems design anymore, but attenuation may be increased when using twisted-pair copper cables. If you are working on a cabling project using IEEE 802.3bt, you should be aware of how this can affect your system, and how to avoid reaching critical temperatures leading to loss of power.

A long-term temperature increase of just 10 degrees Celsius is enough to halve the service life of a cable, not to mention the risks of fire and other safety hazards. High temperatures reduce the potential length of a link, and can greatly impede data transfer.

Solutions to this systems design problem include avoiding thick cable bundles and heat buildup in cable channels, using large conductor cross sections or shielded cables, and reducing link lengths to avoid excess heat. Connection modules and plugs with insulation displacement technology help create stable connections while reducing the risk of heat and fire, and cabling designers and installers should also be aware that there must be a sufficient distance between breaking points and nominal contact areas as well.

A POE calculator can help with systems design, implementing data like cable types of air temperature. You can also work with CTS, a cabling company, who will sort out the details for you ensuring the safety and longevity of your system design. It is well worth the extra thought and effort to make sure your system is working properly and will continue to do so for years to come.
What types of terminal devices can be powered with IEEE 802.3bt? This system works in nearly every application – it will be useful for cameras, monitors, wireless access points, sensors and control systems, and building management features. From healthcare to industrial, IEEE 802.3bt has a purpose.

IEEE 802.3bt has a lot to offer, when the cabling system is installed and designed correctly.

Posted in Blog on November 26th, 2015 · Comments Off on Systems Design and 802.3bt

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WiFi Calling

WiFi calling is becoming increasingly popular, principally because it’s cheaper than going via a network. Phone companies were largely resistant to this move, both structurally (in terms of infrastructure and market position), and in terms of where they nudged customer behavior. However, they have seen the future it is fully integrated: WiFi systems must be fully embraced in order to meet consumer needs and expectations. There are other advantages: WiFi calling allows providers to offer better coverage without needing so many expensive base stations.

The challenge now is making technological strides in order to manage mixed connectivity, as well as encouraging customers to ‘handoff’ between devices and modes of call delivery and internet connection. In the future, a user making a call and walking through a shopping mall might conceivably drift between service providers and modes of connection, with changes driven by signal strength and cost. Widespread WiFi calling is the first step on the road to fully heterogeneous connectivity (HetNet) that requires little or no intervention by the user. Already, 5G networks treat all the different connections as a single, enormous network. Essentially, WiFi systems are about to become ubiquitous and WiFi calling is just the beginning. Eight billion mobile phone subscriptions are expected by next year, with Ericsson anticipating the number of connected devices to have risen to 50 billion by 2020.

The array of choice for phone and data services may seem overwhelming: VOIP, optical networks, WiFi systems, mobile phones, and the good old landline. IT managers and architects must be expert in the best-fit connectivity and cabling for every aspect of their organisation as well as manage connectivity issues in hardware and software. Different departments, industries and products have different needs. Independent providers, such as CTS cabling, are a growth industry. Specializing in healthcare, government, education and commercial systems requires expertise in all the products and options at different scales of operation across multiple locations. For example the CTS cabling contractor in Phoenix recently equipped and coordinated two major data centers for the City of Phoenix, starting by connecting the two.

HetNet is not yet a seamless reality, and integrated WiFi calling is still very much in its infancy. Dropped calls and cut outs still dog Google’s Project Fi, and not everyone is comfortable with the Apple watch’s handoffs. Security will need to be addressed and many firms will need to consult with specialists about protecting their WiFi networks. Concerns are beginning to surface about the potential health risks of WiFi signals. While these may be unfounded, they will still need to be managed, based on user perception of risk.

On the other hand, users flipping between different provider technologies is more convenient (once all the bugs are ironed out), and cheaper. Ultimately, increased WiFi calling will require fewer base stations, making it cost effective, and more ecologically sound.

Posted in Blog on November 19th, 2015 · Comments Off on WiFi Calling

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