Filed under: Cable Management, Cable Ties, Clips and Grommets, Cables and Wires, Power and Data Distribution
Cable management is important when it comes to large installations of cabling and wires. If not properly installed or if placed without care wiring and cables can easily become damaged, broken, or kinked causing complications with interruptions in the lines. There are many ways to manage your cabling installations to help create a neat and tidy area and depending on the location of the cables will depend on the type of cable management device will be needed. Here is a helpful guide of the different cable management options you can choose to help manage and tidy your cabling installations.
Options For Cable Management
Cable Ties: Cable Ties are one of the best ways of keeping your cables and wires tidy. Cable ties are specially designed ties which are made to wrap around your cable bundles securing them in place in a neat and tidy way. These ties are best suited for small to medium sized cable bundles and are available in a number of different sizes and makes of materials which can withstand long term use in demanding locations. For industrial cable management, stainless steel cable ties may be used. For smaller or less bulky setups a nylon cable tie is the right choice. Other options include reusable and permanent cable tie options. Reusable cable ties are great for temporary cable setups while permanent should be used when the cable bundle will be in place for years to come.
Sleeving Cover: Braided sleeving along with wire loom and heat shrink tubing are great options to help not only protect your cables but manage them in a neat way. These types of sleeving options are similar to that of a hose and generally cover smaller amounts of wires and cables to create a neater and tidier method of cable management. These are beneficial for home and office use and come available in different types of materials which can handle different applications with ease. For temporary cover of your cables braided sleeving and wire loom are the best options. For a more permanent solution heat shrink tubing can be beneficial.
Patch Panels: Patch Panels are designed for commercial based cable applications where networking cables are used. These patch panel systems are designed from high strength materials and are made to hold excess patch cable lengths in a tidy and neat compartment area. These work by coiling the excess cabling and simply sliding them into place. They are designed to support a great bend radius without damaging cables or causing problems with your applications.
Filed under: Cable Management, Desks and Workstations, Power and Data Distribution, Server Racks and Enclosures
Patch panels are used in networking applications right around the world. But if you are new to these beneficial setups then here is some information that may be beneficial for you if you are looking to purchase one in the near future.
What Is A Patch Panel
A patch panel is a panel of interconnecting ports which are contained together to easily connect outgoing and incoming lines of LAN or other electrical or electronic communication systems. With LAN setups, a patch panel is designed to connect networking computers to one another and also to the outside lines which allow for the LAN to easily connect to a WAN or the internet. The patch panel uses patch cords which provide the connections between the devices and lines. These panels allow for the circuits to be arranged or rearranged accordingly by easily plugging and unplugging patch cords.
The Structure Of A Patch Panel
Usually found in a server closet, a patch panel is mounted to a rack and is generally installed with other equipment. From here the lines will be integrated in from all parts of the network allowing for easy wiring to the back of the panel. The front panels generally feature many ports which can easily connect switches, routers, or hubs with shorter cables to allow for many different configurations. These can easily be labeled for organization purposes.
Easy Troubleshooting Solution
Network patch panels provide a great means of trouble shooting when there is a problem in the network. If a problem arises the user can easily isolate the problem section by disconnecting different parts of the network lines right at the patch panel itself. Once this is done, the lines can be added back into the patch panel until the problem is rectified and found.
Do You Need A Patch Panel?
A patch panel is ideal for larger networking applications. If you have minimal devices that can be connected directly from the router or switch to the computer then it may not be needed. If you run a larger networking system, you may find that you need more organization and flexibility. Patch panels are a great idea for these types of systems and for maintaining order with many wires while providing an all-in-one connection point for easy changing and fixing of the wires if needed. The benefit of using a patch panel in larger applications is that it provides easy expansion of the system if needed with the ability to add new devices and connections.
Filed under: Desks and Workstations, Power and Data Distribution
When it comes to running your devices such as computers, desk lights, printer and more, it can be a problem when connecting them to the power especially when the main power socket is a fair distance away from the devices and your desk. One of the best solutions for this problem is the use of a desk power outlet.
What Is A Desk Power Outlet?
A desk power outlet is similar to a power board but is integrated into your office desk. This outlet is designed to be integrated and built into the desk or installed underneath the desk ready for you to use with your electrical devices.
Things To Consider When Buying A Desk Outlet
When looking to purchase a desk outlet there are a few things that you may need to take into consideration to ensure your setup will work to your advantage. Here are some tips when buying a desk outlet.
Built In or Underdesk: One of the first things to consider is choosing between the inbuilt versions of the under desk versions of desk outlets. The inbuilt desk outlets are designed to provide a permanent power solution which can be accessed in a quick and easy manner from the top of your desk. These are generally installed on or within the desk and can’t be moved once installed.
The under desk models provide a more discreet method of a power source which can be easily accessed from below your desk. Under desk power outlets free up space on your desk providing more room to work without any interference. These are great for installing anywhere underneath the desk for added versatility.
Number Of Outlets: Another thing to consider before purchasing your desk outlet is working out how many power outlets are needed and whether you need any other connections. Some desk power outlets feature a number of socket ports which can cater between 2-6 outlets. Choosing the right amount of outlets can save you problems later especially when connecting multiple devices at once.
Data Outlets: Depending on your application and setup you may also need to work out whether you need any other data ports. Some of the desk outlets provide data port outlets which are great for installing different devices in the one place. These are designed to offer a more versatile solution to both power and data setup at the one place.
So when looking to purchase your own desk power outlet why not take these simple tips into consideration to make sure you purchase the one you need for your application.
Filed under: Electrical, Power and Data Distribution
Surge protection is always important in home or business applications to help protect your devices from all sorts of damage that may be inflicted with a power overload and surge. The brand new Tripp-Lite PROTECT IT!® TLP Series 4, 6, and 7 Outlet Surge Protectors are designed to provide powerful protection in large surges to help with reducing damage that may be inflicted onto your expensive electronics.
The Importance Of Installing Surge Protectors.
The main reason why it is important to install surge protectors around your home or office is to protect all your electronics from becoming damaged due to a high electrical discharge along the electrical wiring. Surges can cause your devices to short circuit, catch on fire, and damage the inner electrical wires. These protectors can also help you save money as well without having to find money to repair the damaged products.
Benefits Of The Tripp-Lite PROTECT IT!® TLP Series 4, 6, and 7 Outlet Surge Protectors
Benefit #1 – High Protection: This brand new surge protector is capable of providing a high protection rating which allows for it handle surges up to 3240 joules. This enables optimal protection at all times for your equipment and can protect against sudden surges after a blackout or when an overload on the system occurs.
Benefit #2 – Multiple Protection: Not only does this device help to protect all your common electrical devices it can also help with protecting satellite, Ethernet, and telephones along with your normal and standard plug in devices. They are great for any room or location including offices, homes, businesses, and industrial areas.
Benefit #3 – Expansion: Lastly this great surge protector unit is perfect for accommodating between 4 and 12 devices all at once with its long design. It is perfect for expanding protection to a number of areas and is great for any standard North American power outlet.
So if you need to protect your valuable electrical equipment, then why not try this high powered surge protector and see just how beneficial it can really be for your electrical applications.
Filed under: Electrical, Power and Data Distribution, Test Equipment
Do you need to test your coax and Cat5/Cat6 cables to ensure proper continuality and termination for optimal speed and ease? Well look no further than the POCKET CAT™ RJ45 Coax Tester from Byte Brothers. Byte Brothers offers high quality testing equipment for a number of different applications which can make all your electrical and cable equipment function properly at all times.
Cable Testing At Its Best With The Pocket Cat RJ45 Coax Tester
This cable tester features an integrated tone mode that can utilize a variety of tone probes which are able to tract and troubleshoot cables behind the walls. It features an easy to grip design with non-slip properties which helps to protect it against accidental dropping and rough use. Not only is it comfortable in your hand, but it also provides testing of coaxial cabling and network applications by simply plugging the device with the adapter and pressing the button for easy reading of split pairs, reversals, opens/shorts, and continuity testing.
To ensure that the user can read it, it features a simple blue LED light which is able to show results clearly to help save time. It is designed to provide a 1 year warranty, and is beneficial for saving battery power with its 12 second auto shut-off mechanism. It is designed with a soft zipper pouch for optimal storage and protection.
This product is great for applications where constant checking of cables is required or where a fault may be found. It provides users with a user friendly and easy to operate device which is perfect for long term testing applications. Unlike some other testers it can easily promote an easy to read screen which delivers effortless and fast use for any user.
So if you have Cat5, Cat6 or coax cables within your application that need checking, why not try the simple method of using a coax tester to make sure your application is working at full capacity.
Filed under: Gadgets, Power and Data Distribution
Ever know you’re going to have a really long day ahead of you, and stash an extra snack or caffeine source in your glove compartment or purse just in case you need to be saved from a serious mood/energy/blood sugar crash before your insane day ends? I do. The last thing that I want is to turn into a surly and/or diva-ish jerk like in the Snickers® commercials, when all that unpleasantness can be avoided with a little pick-me-up. Well, our hard-working gadgets can crash, too, when pushed through long days without enough power to keep them going.
Okay, so I’m not suggesting that a candy bar or energy shot would ever be able to help in the case of tuckered-out electronics, but here’s something very cool that can: the Power Tube Mini-Charger by Juicebar®. Pretty close in size to a bottle of 5-Hour ENERGY®, this miniature charger acts much the same way: it hangs around on standby to provide cell phones and other small electronics with a much-needed power boost when the batteries are starting to run low.
The Power Tube is designed to be charged from a wall outlet (via an adapter), or your computer (via USB connection), and then maintain that charge for up to 30 days, so that it’s ready to go without you constantly having to worry about topping off the charge every few days. When it’s at full capacity, this tiny but impressive emergency charger has enough juice to more than fully charge a standard cell phone battery, which makes a huge difference when you’re faced with situations that can be made or broken by your ability to make a vital call. And emergencies aside, the convenience factor is amazing, even if you’re only faced with a sudden, inconvenient dip in battery power at an inopportune moment… like when you’re calling in a pizza order on your way home from work.
Filed under: Power and Data Distribution, Raceway, Duct and Conduit
Wiremold Legrand® Tele-Power® Poles have long been a must-have in wide open office spaces where not every desk has the convenience of a wall and the outlets you’d usually find in one. They’re basically designed to let you drop electrical wiring and data cables down from the ceiling anywhere within a room, so that you can have access to power and data connections no matter how far from a wall your workspace is located. Smart, right? They’re a fantastic product.
And now, to make a great thing even better, there are Tele-Power® Pole accessories that make an already custom product even more tailored to fit exactly what you need. This collection of faceplates, grommets, cable managers and trim plates makes it easy to add whatever you need, wherever you need it, while still looking completely polished and professional.
Need an extra pair of power outlets? No problem. Want to add A/V connections alongside your Ethernet ports? Just choose which jacks you need, and pop them into a customizable A/V faceplate. Want to protect bend radius where cables emerge from the ceiling and run down into a Tele-Power Pole? The Data and A/V Add-On Cover is the perfect fit. And those are just a few of your options…
Just like the the Tele-Power Poles they’re accessorizing, all of these parts are designed to be industrial-strength for constant use, and are made of either heavy duty plastic or stainless steel. And just in case you can’t take your utilitarian workhorses without a splash of decor on the side, they’re even paintable to match any nearby walls and fixtures.
Filed under: Power and Data Distribution, Raceway, Duct and Conduit
It’s Friday afternoon again, and that could only mean one thing: movie review time! This week, we’ll take a look at a couple of product demos that, even though they probably won’t go viral anytime soon, are definitely useful to people who are into cable installation and management. Ready to go? Roll ‘em!
Hinged Raceway Installation: Our New Products guru Tiffani is back to answer a question commonly asked by our customers: what’s the best way to install raceway? Tiffani gives a quick demonstration of how to install raceway using either double-sided tape for standard applications, or screws for jobs that are heavier or otherwise require a little extra staying power. We always mention on our raceway product pages that you have these two options for installation, but I like it that now we actually have a live-action demonstration with detailed explanations and suggestions.
How to Use an EZ-SnapJack™ RJ45: I don’t know how it happened, but we got Fernando out from his usual spot behind the camera, and into the hot seat instead (good thing, though – he knows a ton about our products, too). In this video, Fernando shows how EZ-SnapJacks™ from Platinum Tools work. Before I go any further, in my opinion, the EZ-SnapJack is one of those products that’s so cool and, well, “EZ,” that it almost isn’t fair. I think my jaw dropped a little the first time a rep demonstated this at our office. It’s an RJ45 jack that wires without an actual punchdown tool – you just strip your cable, untwist 4 pairs, line them up in the right color configuration, slide the ends into a tiny clear sleeve, and then snap the whole thing into a jack. No individual wire seatings and punchdowns – and what’s really crazy is that they actually do work. Fernando gives a quick Reader’s Digest-type demo that shows how termination actually happens after the wires have been pre-arranged in the sleeve, and also shows how the jack can be reopened and reused if you need to change things around. Definitely check it out – this is a product worth seeing in action.
Filed under: Desk Cable Organizers, Power and Data Distribution
I think I’ve mentioned this before in another blog post, but Fridays get me thinking about movies, to the point that I usually have to quickly scour through the latest reviews to see what looks good. Well, this week, a fun little twist has been added to my Friday movie review routine: now I’m not just reading them, I’m writing them!
We’re putting a little more time and effort into our product demo videos these days, so I want to make sure that no one misses out. Today, we’re going to start with the first trio of videos produced, directed, professionally-lit and edited by the amazing Fernando of CableOrganizer.com Web Design fame, which also star our multi-talented New Products guru Tiffani, who, in my humble opinion, is giving Beyonce a run for her money with that hair and makeup. But back to the product prowess: Tiffani is the person to listen to, because she has an incredibly thorough knowledge of all of the products that appear on our site – so rest assured, the lady knows what she’s talking about.
On to the videos:
Powertap Grommet Desk Outlet: Tiffani demonstrates how the Powertap desk outlet installs into your worksurface and acts as a very convenient middleman between your desktop devices and wall outlet, thereby letting you experience the joy of plugging and unplugging without bending over, crawling under your desk, and possibly (inadvertently) mooning your coworkers. If you’ve ever wondered exactly how this type of product works, definitely check out the video – it’s much easier to understand than just reading a product description.
Under-Desk Wire Tray: This is a pretty simple and straightforward product that I wouldn’t have though needed an actual demonstration video, but now that I’ve seen it, I’m glad they made one. Tiffani shows a few tips and tricks for installing it correctly and customizing it to fit your individual desk size and cable management needs – total home run.
Cable Corral: If you’re the kind of person who wants to cable-manage the space under your desk without spending hours juggling cable ties, wire loom, cord clips and a label printer, you’ll appreciate the Cable Corral video. This product is the equivalent of throwing all of your loose clutter into the hall closet right before company arrives, except that the end result won’t leave you with regrets and even more clean-up later on. Tiffani demonstrates how to make the most of the Cable Corral to accommodate not just cables, but a power strip as well.
Ever notice how beat up extension cords seem to get? I’m not talking about the delicate, super-flexible little ones that you use to stretch lamp cords or plug in indoor Christmas lights, that never come into contact with anything tougher than a dust bunny. I’m talking about the ones that are skulking in your garage, workshop or basement – the heavy-duty ones that are good for power tools and always look like they’ve been run over by the lawnmower, chewed by the dog, and recently dragged through paint and sawdust – right before someone took a hammer to the plug.
How does anyone in their right mind feel safe using an electrical component in such sorry shape? And how, again, does someone in their right mind let a highly useful yet potentially damgerous piece of equipment get into that state of disrepair? I’m not really sure on either count, but there’s one thing I do know: most of us can’t be trusted, and our extension cords should be better protected from, well… us.
Luckily, General Cable got a clue about the sad plight of working extension cords, and came up with the Powr-Reel™, a retractable 3-outlet extension cord that’s packed safely away inside a sturdy metal casing. When you’re ready to use it, just pull out the length you need (it will automatically lock into place), do what you’ve got to do, and when you’re done, retract it back into the enclosed reel with nothing more than a tug.
This is a great product on multiple levels: not only is the electrical cord saved from constant repeat beatings by its case, but you’re also spared the clutter of cable slack thanks to the lockable length. And did I mention that it makes transport just a little easier? Instead of slinging a loosely-coiled/semi-tangled cord into your trunk or truck bed, just grab the Powr-Reel’s handy case and stow it wherever you need it, without worry of damage or knots.