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16 Nov 2016

Over the past few decades, large enterprises have been migrating data center infrastructures from 100MB Ethernet to 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) to support more bandwidth and mission critical applications. However, many mid-market companies found themselves restricted from this migration to 10GbE technology due to cost, low port density and high power consumption. For many of these companies, the explosive growth of technologies, data and applications is severely taxing existing 1GbE infrastructures and affecting performance. So it’s high time for them to upgrade the data center to 10GbE. With many 10GbE interfaces options such as CX4, SFP+ Fiber, SFP+ Direct Attach Copper (DAC), and 10GBASE-T offered, which one is the best? This...

11 Nov 2016

New technology develops in networking, such as 40G, 100G and 400G Ethernet solutions, which means that data center administrators have new challenges: maintaining high availability, reducing costs, and seeking future proof applications. When pursuing maximal density, capacity and performance, can cable management go hand in hand? This passage will give you the answer.

In fact, high-density fiber connectivity products are the key to making high density a reality without sacrificing streamlined, cost-efficient cable management. Here are the HD series fiber connectivity components from FS.COM which ensure easy cable management along the way.

High-Density Patch Panels

The right high-density patch panel can provide fast, intuitive and...

02 Nov 2016

Not all Ethernet cables are created equally. They are grouped into sequentially numbered categories (“cat”) based on different specifications. Cat 5e, Cat 6, Cat 6a, Cat 7 cable are the most common kinds of Ethernet cables. How to tell the difference between them and choose the suitable one for your network?

First and foremost, let’s have a rough sketch of their characteristics. All network cabling consists of 8 wires; twisted, and made into 4 pairs, each color coded by a solid color with their respective dashed/striped white cables. Cat 5 cables are designed to support theoretical speed of between 10 Mbps and 100 Mbps. The Cat 5e cables have lower crosstalk and provide a faster, reliable and steady speed than Cat 5 cable. Cat 6...

26 Oct 2016

A punch down tool, also known as punch down tool or krone tool) is needed to quickly and efficiently connect cable wires to electrical contacts. It’s a quality piece of equipment used for inserting wire into insulation-displacement connectors on punch down blocks, patch panels, keystone modules, and surface mount boxes.

It’s not only a fiber optic crimp tool for terminating Cat 5, 5e or 6 cables, but it also will punch down a 110 IDC RJ45 jack. To successfully create Ethernet jacks that computers connect to and for terminating Ethernet cables in a way that does not impair the data signal, IT workers need the right tools. Crimpers are used to terminate RJ45 heads—the little plastic plugs that allow an Ethernet cable to fit either...

10 Oct 2016

MTP/MPO fiber cables, as an important part of the multi-fiber connection system, are designed for the reliable and quick operations in Data Centers. These cables are with less space requirements and improved scalability, providing significant space and cost savings. The MTP/MPO solutions are widely used for 40GbE and 100GbE network environment as well as fast installation of enterprise data center.

Why MPO/MTP Solutions Are Needed in Data Center?

With the advent and popularity of cloud computing and big data, the demands for high-speed transmission and data capacity are becoming much greater than ever before. And 40/100G Ethernet is now a trend and hotspot for data center cabling system. Since MPO/MTP connectors are the...

06 Oct 2016

10G fiber optic network has been widely spread in today’s telecommunication network. The Cisco 10GBASE SFP+ modules offer customers a wide variety of 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity options for data center, enterprise wiring closet, and service provider transport applications. If you choose a Cisco switch, Cisco original brand or Cisco compatible modules like SFP/SFP+ might be needed to transfer between optical signals and electrical signals. This article will introduce the 10G IEEE standards and how to select the proper 10G SFP+ module for Cisco switches.


Understand 10G IEEE Standards

10G fiber optic network is mature now, and there is a wide selection of 10G IEEE standards for different 10G networking applications and...

29 Sep 2016

In today’s telecommunication markets, Cisco 40GBASE QSFP+ modules offer customers a wide variety of high-density and low-power 40 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity options for data center, high-performance computing networks, enterprise core and distribution layers, as well as service provider transport applications. In order to help customers have a deeper understanding about the 40G QSFP+ modules, this article will introduce several kinds of connectivity options provided by Cisco.

Features and Benefits of Cisco 40GBASE QSFP+ Module
Main features of Cisco 40GBASE QSFP+ modules include:
  • Interoperable with other IEEE-compliant 40GBASE interfaces
  • Hot-swappable input/output device that plugs into a 40 Gigabit Ethernet Cisco QSFP+...

25 Sep 2016

As is known to all, fiber optic cables are widely deployed in telecommunication networks. It seems that copper cables are out of date. However, copper network is superior to fiber network in some cases as copper cables are stronger and easier to manage than fiber cables. Copper cable also takes the advantage of lower cost than fiber. Besides, copper network is easier to build, which eliminates the process of I/O. Today’s copper cables are able to support data rate of 1G, 10G, 40G and even 100G, among which 10G copper based network is most commonly deployed. Currently, there are two types of standards designed for 10G copper-based network: 10GBASE-CR and 10GBASE-T. Which one is more suitable for you when building a 10G copper based...

15 Sep 2016

Fiber optical transceiver is the most common component in today’s data center communications. But few people realize it. By converting electronic signals into optical signals as transmitters at one end and then converting optical signals into electronic signals at the other end as receivers, it is an indispensable part in data transmission. Different types of transceivers have different applications in reality. Some are used together with singlemode fiber cables in singlemode applications while others are for multimode.


Use Optical Transceivers Rather Than Copper for Shorter Distance Applications

Copper SFPs provide a high-speed RJ45 data connector interface for unshielded, twisted-pair copper cable. The 1000BASE-T copper...

02 Sep 2016

In the telecommunication networks, fiber optic connector is a key component to provide a mechanical connection for the two fiber cables and align both cores precisely. There are various kinds of fiber optic connectors, such as LC, ST, SC, FC, MPO, MTRJ, among which the LC connector is the most common type. They’re terminated on the end of fiber cables, forming fiber jumpers, like SC SC patch cords, SC to LC fiber patch cable, LC to ST fiber patch cable or LC patch cord. The LC patch cord can be further divided into LC to LC multimode simplex and LC to LC multimode duplex one, for LC connector can be both simplex and duplex. This passage will focus on the LC duplex connector which is widely adopted in fiber optic connectivity of...