InfoComm 2019: Atlona and Panduit Showcase End-to-End AV Solution

In just a couple days, the Pro AV industry will begin to gather in Orlando for InfoComm 2019, an opportunity to learn from industry leaders, see new products, and connect with colleagues in North America’s largest AV show. Panduit, in conjunction with recently acquired Atlona, will be showing a complete end-to-end AV over IP system, featuring Atlona’s OmniStream™ solution, plus the infrastructure and connectivity needed for a quality AV ecosystem.

Visitors to Atlona’s booth (3012) will see everything needed to add collaboration capabilities to a conference room, classroom or huddle space, or to add or upgrade digital signage within their facility. This includes a variety of components from Atlona, no stranger to InfoComm and the AV environment. Panduit, which acquired Atlona in January, will demonstrate its latest enterprise-level equipment racks, cabinets and connectivity solutions for AV, with a focus on helping integrators and end users streamline the installation and management of their core system architectures.

The big change in the Atlona booth this year is the addition of Panduit’s infrastructure solutions:

  • Quality twisted pair copper cabling and connectivity to connect switchers and extenders
  • Equipment racks and wall-mount cabinets that house AV and networking equipment
  • In-room solutions including table boxes that provide connectivity for meeting participants, in-wall boxes to house gear behind monitors, and Above Floor Raceway to safely and efficiently route data, power, and AV cables in rooms where core drilling isn’t feasible

For Panduit, InfoComm provides us an opportunity to close the knowledge gap around how to identify and choose the most appropriate Layer 1 infrastructure for each AV project. We’re excited to speak with Atlona partners and customers about how Panduit can help them deploy Atlona products easier and faster with quality cable management, reliable infrastructure, and secure connectivity.

Panduit AV Infrastructure

Panduit will emphasize key solutions at its dedicated station in the Atlona booth:

  • Panduit Two-Post Rack System: This dual-column data rack offers a reliable foundation for mounting AV and data center equipment and is ideal for installation in enterprise-wide IT distribution closets. Its modular design offers side access with plenty of space to efficiently install, manage and organize cables, patch panels and other accessories, reducing installation times by up to 15 percent compared to competitive solutions. The display will feature a wide variety of Panduit cabling and connectivity, as well as cable management solutions.
  • Panduit Wall-Mount Cabinets: Offering the same foundational strength and systems integration efficiency as Panduit’s two-post racks, these compact cabinets provide a secure and reliable solution for facilities requiring infrastructure and patching solutions in open spaces, or in equipment rooms with limited real estate.
  • Panduit Field-Terminable Plugs: These modular plugs allow contractors to run horizontal cable direct to equipment, eliminating the need for jacks, surface-mounted boxes and/or patch cords – reducing installation times and upfront costs by up to 40 percent, while eliminating multiple points of failure.
  • Panduit In-Room AV Solutions: In-wall and in-table boxes, while not the central point in any AV system, make it easier for users to connect and collaborate. And, Panduit’s award-winning Above Floor Raceway is easy to install, easy to use, durable and ADA compliant – everything you want in your conference rooms or huddle spaces.

Panduit will populate the two-post racks and wall-mounted cabinets with Atlona equipment, including OmniStream AV over IP devices – a springboard for a broader conversation about how quality infrastructure and connectivity will ensure that video, audio and data signal integrity is maintained across the ecosystem. Panduit representatives will also be on hand to discuss other infrastructure concerns, including the benefits and ideal scenarios of applying unshielded cable versus shielded cable, for example.

Beyond offering a robust and reliable infrastructure, we look forward to demonstrating how our systems provide the generous headroom and bandwidth required to support the higher resolution of 4K/UHD and HDR signals moving across the enterprise. Quality infrastructure directly relates to the quality of the AV signals being deployed. The better the quality of the cable and connectivity you have, the less you need to worry about pixel drops, discoloration, and other undesirable visual artifacts.

InfoComm 2019 takes place from June 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. If you haven’t already secured a free pass, you can register for a free pass using code ATL175.

Physical Security is First Line of Defense Against Network and Equipment Threats

Former student destroys 59 university computers using USB Killer device. This was the latest headline in tech magazines about damage to computer equipment, caused by someone gaining access to an open port on equipment. This incident cost The College of Saint Rose in New York nearly $60,000 in equipment and the labor to replace. Whether it is destroyed equipment or data breaches, open ports on equipment are costly for institutions of all shapes and sizes.

Fortunately, it is easy – and inexpensive – to prevent these types of activities.

Physical security is easy to overlook when IT departments look at information security, but it is often the easiest and best place to start, forming a first line of defense against malicious activity. Access control measures, including locked doors on server rooms and telecommunication closets, and even locked cabinets or tamper resistant faceplates are a great place to start. However, that won’t stop a disgruntled employee – or student, in the example article above – from doing significant damage to computers, monitors, or any device that has an open port.

A simple fix is to block those ports to anyone who shouldn’t have access. Because many peripheral devices connect to computers via USB drives (think headsets, printers, wireless mouse, and more), virtually every computer has at least one USB port. When those ports aren’t in use, especially on equipment that is easy for many people to access, a USB block-out blocks the port and can’t be removed without a removal key. This solution costs just a few dollars per port, and prevents incidents like the headline above, where the student used a “USB Killer” device to render thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment unusable. Similar to a lock on a door, it may not keep every thief out, but will encourage most of them to move on and look for an easier target elsewhere.

USB ports aren’t the only ports that can be protected. Panduit offers block-out devices for USB ports, RJ45 copper jacks, and LC duplex fiber adapters, and lock-in devices to secure patch cords or plugs in RJ45 jacks.

Learn more about Panduit’s physical security solution in our Network Infrastructure Security Solution brochure. Or better yet, try it for yourself! Request a free sample of our USB block-out and we’ll send you one of our current block-outs to try. Wherever you use it, that’s one fewer open port in your facility, and one less opportunity for malicious activity. Register here for your sample and let us know what you think.

And, be on the lookout for a new USB block-out that will be hitting shelves soon, with a smaller form factor that sits flush with the device, making it ideal for laptops and other applications.

New Lab Delivers Best Practices for AV Deployment

World Laboratory Day is observed on April 23 each year and the timing couldn’t be better to announce the opening of Panduit’s new Audio-Visual Lab. Panduit has a long history of providing superior category cabling solutions for enterprise applications. We are able to offer our customers the best infrastructure solutions for their networks, thanks to the breadth of our expertise. Customers can rely on Panduit as a trusted advisor covering all aspects from installation, testing, industry standards, network topologies, along with the performance and capabilities of the infrastructure deployed.

With the acquisition of Atlona a few months ago, Panduit can now be that trusted advisor for emerging audio visual (AV) applications that make their way onto ethernet networks. Combining Panduit’s existing expertise with Atlona’s AV expertise, we can now give our customers a unique end-to-end perspective covering all aspects of an AV solution. To realize the benefits of our combined expertise, we have built a new research lab at the Jack E. Caveney Innovation Center. The lab was developed with three key objectives:

  1. Leverage our expertise of infrastructure and networking in AV over IP applications using Atlona’s industry-leading OmniStream solution
  2. Create an environment to understand the best practices for configuration and deployment of Atlona hardware on ethernet networks
  3. Enable competitive testing of AV infrastructure as well as alternate networked AV solutions

From these objectives, we defined key areas of focus for various AV technologies and set about to develop a site with all the necessary equipment, infrastructure, and hardware needed for a world-class lab. 

For AV over IP applications, we will have the ability to explore aspects such as network topology, infrastructure, congestion, and redundancy. The lab will consist of a highly configurable network topology to emulate real world local area network (LAN), core campus, and wide area network (WAN) configurations. A diverse array of cabling infrastructure is being installed to allow networks to be connected with either Category 5e, 6, or 6A in unshielded or shielded applications. Each cabling option will also be available in worst case configurations covering maximum and minimum four connector channel lengths per Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) guidelines. We will have the ability to evaluate the impact of network congestion on AV traffic when it is converging with other ethernet traffic such as email, voice, and web. For redundant network applications, we will be able to study the impact of various network failure modes on AV traffic. From this type of experimentation, we will be able to provide our customers with a detailed understanding of an AV network’s capabilities, along with recommendations and best practices for equipment configuration and infrastructure deployment.

Along with studying the various use cases of AV over IP and deployment options, the lab will have the ability to test other emerging Enterprise applications in the future. For this reason, the lab is known as EARL, or Enterprise Application Research Lab.

With the knowledge and insight gained from EARL, we can provide the best customer experience and guidance based on a cohesive Enterprise solution.

Panduit Solutions Can Help Prepare Your Network Infrastructure for IIoT Technology

How Can Your Network’s Performance Impact Deploying IIoT Technology?

Use Panduit’s Insights to Build a Robust Network Foundation for Your IIoT Deployment

How can you prepare your network infrastructure to successfully accommodate IIoT technology? Get answers to potential IIoT technology deployment issues that may impact your network infrastructure.

For example, here are some questions you may ask when deploying IIoT technology:

What is the impact of real-time data?

Most networks were not designed to react to and process data in real-time. From self-driving cars to digital control systems on factory floors, real-time data is a big part of IIoT deployments. Not being able to act on data in real-time can result in catastrophic results.

How does edge computing affect network performance?

Edge computing allows the compute, storage, and application resources to be located close to the user or the source of the data. With cloud deployment, these resources are in a distant data center owned by the cloud provider. Deploying IIoT solutions using the cloud makes it difficult to manage latency. Today, IIoT deployments can benefit more from edge computing than cloud computing.

How important is the data gathered from sensors?

IIoT data from predictive analytics provided by sensors can improve operational efficiency, reduce downtime, and save money for your business. The many types and characteristics of sensors are important to consider when deploying IIoT technology.

How important is bandwidth for helping IIoT technology extract information from data?

Bandwidth is everywhere. It is this ubiquity of bandwidth that allows devices to seamlessly switch between networks. As a result, connected devices no longer require endless cables and wires. Bandwidth allows us to communicate quickly and effectively, which makes IIoT possible.

What is the impact of packet loss?

IT network managers dislike packet loss because it steals valuable bandwidth, reducing the link’s available throughput. For OT network managers trying to deploy IIoT, a network’s latency is more important than bandwidth or throughput. Despite their differences, the minimization of corrupted packets requires both IT and OT to work together as they transform their network to leverage IIoT technology.

Panduit has developed a series of white papers describing the challenges surrounding the IIoT’s impact on the typical data center, why IT and OT managers may look at the same problems differently, how they can successfully resolve those problems, and the importance of IT/OT convergence to your network’s performance. In addition, you will learn the following:

  • The importance of IT and OT network infrastructures
  • Why IIoT process controls demand real-time data
  • The relationship between IIoT technology and bandwidth
  • The ways IIoT deployments can benefit from edge computing
  • How to determine the importance of sensor specifications

Access all the papers in our IIoT white paper series.

Cabling Infrastructure: New Year, New Goals

Poor cable structuring can lead to several problems including a short lifespan of your cables and a large expense in your budget.

Properly installing your cable management system from the beginning will ensure that you get it right the first time and spare yourself the headache later.

With the introduction of the PatchRunner™2 Enhanced Vertical Cable Manager with Vertical Patching, your cables will live up to their expectation in an organized fashion, saving space and allowing additional cables to be utilized.

The picture to the left shows what poor cable management practice looks like. Scary, right?

The last thing that you want to do is stress over major downtime and an efficiency reduction.

With the start of a new year, your physical infrastructure deserves a refresh to ensure that you are set up for success. We bet you’re wondering where to begin, here’s your answer.

Panduit has the PatchRunner™2 Vertical Cable Manager family, providing the cable management foundation you need to drive efficiency to your infrastructure.

The new PatchRunner™2 Enhanced Vertical Cable Manager with Vertical Patching will erase your stress and launch you into the new year on the right foot.

PE2V features include:

  • High density manager
  • Significant additional cable capacity
  • 0 RU patching design
  • Color options – black or white
  • Ships partially assembled for configuration versatility

Panduit® PatchRunner™2 Enhanced Vertical Cable Manager with Vertical Patching provides a comprehensive architecture that helps regulate access to network equipment, efficiently organizing cables to ensure continuous coherent performance.

Learn more about the recent launch of the PatchRunner™2 Enhanced Vertical Cable Manager with Vertical Patching.

Atlona Acquisition Announcement and Must-see Products made Panduit the Team to Talk to at BICSI 2019

Atlona becomes a Panduit Company in a joint meeting at the Atlona Headquarters in San Jose, California. Pictured are (Left to Right): Marc Naese, Panduit SVP Network Infrastructure Business; Dennis Renaud, Panduit CEO; Ilya Khayn, Atlona CEO and Co-founder; Michael Khain, Atlona VP Product Development/Engineering and Co-founder

Show Summary: BICSI Winter Conference and Exhibition

BICSI Winter took place this week in Orlando, Florida, and for three days, industry leaders came together to talk trends, showcase solutions, and network with some of the brightest minds in the business.

We heard loud and clear that smart building technologies over Ethernet – systems such as security cameras, lighting and AV – are a top-of-mind topic for nearly everyone, and Panduit has the products, the know-how, and the relationships to help our customers take full advantage of the opportunities they present. We’re proud of our leadership position that is a result of our commitment to innovation, our passion for problem solving, and the strategic investments we make in our future.

One recent investment is our acquisition of Atlona, a leading global provider of AV signal distribution and connectivity solutions, which we announced this week at the show. More and more organizations are interested in AV over IP, which makes Panduit and Atlona a natural fit. Combining our best-in-class products and deep IT expertise with Atlona’s innovative solutions gives us the ability to help organizations worldwide to deploy AV systems inside the network.

Dennis Renaud, our president and CEO, said it best. “Atlona has been at the forefront in developing cutting-edge AV technology that embraces the full potential of the convergence of AV and network infrastructure. Their industry-leading solutions complement Panduit’s extensive physical infrastructure portfolio, which will allow us to offer customers a quality end-to-end solution as they move to increasingly complex network infrastructure systems.” 

And BICSI was the perfect opportunity to show our customers Atlona products alongside related Panduit products, such as our industry-leading Category 6A cabling and connectivity, which creates a robust physical layer that supports increased resolutions, reduces dropped pixels, and reduces latency in AV applications.

Read more about Panduit’s acquisition of Atlona, and the benefits it provides to end-users and our partners.

What to Know Before You Go to BICSI Winter in Orlando

5 Reasons to Visit Panduit and General Cable at BICSI Winter in Orlando

Visit PanGen Booth #709 at BICSI Winter in Orlando

BICSI Winter, taking place January 20 – 24 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., is the show for people who design, install, and run networks or network-connected devices and systems. So it makes perfect sense that our best-in-class infrastructure products should take center stage.

Here are the top five attractions that Panduit and General Cable – or PanGen – has planned for Booth #709 at BICSI Winter:

1. POE Extenders

Our PoE Extenders are ideal for remote applications such as security cameras or entry ways that are outside of the 100m reach of the channel. In fact, they can deliver power and data up to 2,000 feet. As buildings become smarter and more automated they present more opportunities for our partners, and these innovative cable and connectors meet all critical requirements for PoE delivery.

2. Vertical Cable Management

Rising real estate costs combined with limited space in telecom rooms has created the dual challenge of fitting in as much equipment as possible yet still offering sufficient cable capacity.

Part of a high-density cabling solution that manages high performance network cabling and equipment in less area than required by conventional cable management systems, PatchRunner 2 Vertical Manager can be installed by one person and routes 17% more cables on average.

In head-to-head testing, PatchRunner 2 Vertical Manager took 7 minutes less to install than competitive offerings. You won’t see that kind of dueling excitement at Harry Potter World – and they have wands.

3. Fiber Connectivity

Optical fiber is the only transmission medium capable of supporting the explosive growth of Internet-connected devices and applications.

Panduit’s new Splice-On Connector, paired with the Sumitomo Quantum™ Fusion Splicer, helps to future-proof networks with high bandwidth and high-speed transmission, and makes quick work of connecting LC or SC connectors – whether for running fiber to the desktop or connecting telecommunications rooms to the main data center.

4. Next Generation Category 6A Cable

At 0.25” diameter, this latest offering from General Cable and Panduit delivers 10G data transmission for data-hungry applications, in a tiny package, that is easy to install and improves pathway capacity. This small but mighty cable is the industry’s best at managing Power over Ethernet and offers the best EMI immunity in an unshielded cable.

5. Intelligent Power Distribution Units

SmartZone G5 PDUs offer maximized outlet density, and give customers the ability to monitor power consumption, environmental factors and security at the server cabinet level. There are more than 70 different configurations to meet the needs of any installation.

See the complete PanGen cabling and connectivity solutions at PanGen Booth #709

Power of Panduit and General Cable Partnership in Action at BICSI

See the Power of the PanGen Partnership in Action at BICSI Winter in Orlando

Visit PanGen Booth #709 at BICSI Winter in Orlando

Since 2004, contractors and end-users have counted on Panduit and General Cable for a PanGen end-to-end network infrastructure cabling and connectivity solution to meet the needs of their most demanding projects. With BICSI Winter happening January 20-24 in Orlando – and 2019 marking the fifteenth year of the PanGen partnership – the time was right to chat with both Kayla Bedford, who is Strategic Alliance Manager at Panduit and Dale Langhans, her counterpart at General Cable, to hear what PanGen has planned at BICSI Winter 2019.

Fifteen years is quite some time. Tell us, how has the partnership evolved over time and what’s new that readers should know about?

It’s hard to believe that Panduit and General Cable have been bringing PanGen solutions to market for 15 years. We are the longest partnership in the industry, and are only getting stronger!

We have a shared vision and belief that a properly designed and implemented cabling infrastructure is fundamental for every business and institution – especially in this era of new high-bandwidth applications.

We’re all about giving our customers the network performance and reliability that they need, and we do that with high-performance infrastructure solutions. We take a lot of pride in knowing that we’re helping people confidently spec, quote, install and certify their network infrastructure. Our structured cabling solutions make it easy to deliver new services, lower network maintenance costs and increase efficiency.

And the great news for our customers is that today we are stronger than ever. The recent Prysmian acquisition of General Cable brings additional strengths as a result of Prysmian’s global footprint and increased fiber offerings. Prysmian is the largest producer of wire and cable products, globally!

That’s great. So Panduit and General Cable will be at BISCI. What can visitors look forward to seeing and learning about?

We will be featuring the industry’s smallest Cat 6A copper cable! The award-winning solution delivers the smallest cable diameter (0.250”) for improved pathway capacity and easier installation. Two versions of the cable are available: One has a solid barrier tape and the other has a barrier tape that is cut into segments of varying length for the best EMI immunity in an unshielded cable.

That cable is recognized in the industry as the best for delivering Power over Ethernet to things like security cameras, access points and desktop phones, which are already on the network, so it’s logical that they’re powered via the same Ethernet cable. We’ll be showing visitors how the cable manages the temperature rise that is typical with PoE.

And, speaking of PoE, Panduit will also be demonstrating a product that was recently introduced that extends PoE reach for remote applications. Think a security camera on top of a building or in a parking lot, or access control at an entry gate or door. With this new solution, we can extend data and power to those applications.

Also, being featured will be our full data center, digital building, and telco room solutions – cabinets and racks, patching, jacks, plugs, AV, fiber optics, pathways, power supply – pretty much our end-to-end solution! And, we will also highlight our industrial connectivity for those connecting equipment on the plant floor. As we mentioned, there will be a lot going on!

Another solution we will be featuring is the infrastructure that is the foundation for the PoE LED lighting solution at the Waldinger Corporation. This PanGen project was recognized during BICSI Fall with a Platinum Award (the highest possible award) in the annual Cabling Innovators Awards. This solution delivers power and data over twisted pair cable to LED lighting. The application significantly improved lighting performance, as well as control and intelligence.

It sounds like BICSI is a pretty big deal for PanGen, yes?

It really is. It is a great opportunity to connect with our core audience, to hear first-hand about their opportunities and obstacles. Of course, it’s a great for showcasing our products, but we also love hearing first-hand about what people are struggling with, the successes they’ve had, and the innovative ways they’re using our products. This opens up great conversation right on the show floor where we can immediately share product application solutions that covert our customer’s obstacles into real-time answers.

What would you suggest readers headed to BICSI check out? What are the must-see happenings on and off the show floor?

Three things come to mind: First, if you’ll be in town on Sunday January 20 for the pre-conference seminars, we suggest attending the talk “The Fiber Formula – Fact, Fiction & Fantasy” from 1:00- 4:30 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, where BICSI takes place. A panel of experts including David Asta, Data Center Applications Engineer at Panduit, will be discussing industry best practices and standards for fiber design and installation.

We also recommend Shelly Palmer’s keynote address on Tuesday morning at 8:45am. Shelly is CEO of The Palmer Group, a strategic advisory firm, that focused on machine learning and data driven decision-making. It should be interesting to hear.

And last, but not least, don’t forget to stop by our booth! We will look forward to seeing you there!

Visit PanGen Booth #709
Stop in to see our solutions at work – and enter for a chance to win a YETI TUNDRA cooler

“The Fiber Formula – Fact, Fiction & Fantasy”
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Sunday January 20, 1:00- 4:30

Case Study: Purdue’s New University Network Infrastructure

Panduit’s Innovative Wireless Solution Enhances Purdue’s University Network Infrastructure

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The average college student steps onto campus with approximately eight devices and expects seamless wireless connectivity for each one. Aware of the increasing demand for wireless access, Purdue University invested in a wireless infrastructure that included deployment of 1,200 wireless access points. The initial project targeted areas where students congregate but as the use of wireless devices continued to grow, the university network infrastructure needed to expand to accommodate an enhanced wireless service.

Challenge

This was no small effort. The university network infrastructure needed to serve more than 40,400 students and nearly 16,500 staff members and their wireless devices. It also needed to accommodate the university’s existing 149-year-old physical footprint. We were up to the task, providing an enterprise solution that included our structured cabling system and surface raceway to secure and route the structured cabling throughout the campus.

Solution

Working with Purdue, we helped design a solution that meets IEEE performance standards while increasing capacity and incorporating as many existing raceways as possible. Because we are experts at eliminating alien crosstalk at a reduced diameter, Purdue was able to run 116 28-Gauge cables in a space that would only allow 47 traditional cables.

Result

These days, bandwidth is plentiful for Purdue students and staff, with nearly 8,600 high-performance, reliable wireless access points across the campus. What’s more, in addition to 100% wireless capacity, Purdue provided one wired access point per student in the dorms using Panduit Ethernet jacks and Purdue’s color–old gold.

See How Panduit Did It

Learn how Purdue University stayed connected: Read the full case study.

Standards Update: 28 AWG, MPTL Now Compliant!

When Panduit introduced 28 AWG patch cords to the market in 2011, we knew we were on to something big. When we showed customers and contractors the skinny patch cords, they were amazed by the sheer size and flexibility of the cords. At the time, they might not have fully realized the impact the cords could have in overcrowded telco rooms, but nonetheless, they were impressed.

28 AWG Patch CordsHowever, while the cords met all the performance requirements of the copper cabling standards (with reduced channel lengths), they didn’t meet the wire gauge requirements of the standard, which required 22-26 AWG wires. Hence the 28 AWG patch cords were not fully standards compliant. Because of the huge size advantages and minimum channel length reductions, most Panduit customers adopted the 28 AWG cords. However, even after 7 years on the market, some customers remain hesitant or flat out refuse to try them, as they want a solution that is fully standards-compliant.

Compliance Achieved!

Today, Panduit is excited to be able to say that 28 AWG patch cords are FULLY COMPLIANT with copper cabling standards. ANSI/TIA-568.2-D, the Balanced Twisted-Pair Telecommunications Cabling and Components Standard, has been revised to include 28 AWG patch cords. The revised standard is expected to be published this month.

The revision was developed by the TIA TR-42.7 Copper Cabling Systems Subcommittee, which I’m a member of. The effort to get 28 AWG included wasn’t a small feat. In fact, this represents the culmination of two years of work by a broad spectrum of companies and individuals. During our discussions, it was apparent the committee members see the value the small cords bring. As more and more building systems are networked, space in TRs is at a premium. Everyone is looking for ways they can squeeze more into their space and 28 AWG is an easy, inexpensive way to help make that happen.

At Panduit, we’ve been beating this drum for a while now. We’ve seen firsthand the impact 28 AWG cords have made in TRs. We’ve heard from customers how they have been able to add devices but keep the same pathways because of the reduced size. We have contractors telling us how the smaller size and flexibility have simplified moves, adds, and changes. And, we’ve seen other manufacturers jump on the bandwagon. In short, the industry has embraced 28 AWG patch cords.

Modular Plug Terminated Links Added to Standard Also

Along with the addition of 28 AWG patch cords, the revised standard also recognizes modular plug terminated links (MPTLs). MPTLs are essentially permanent links that have field terminated plugs on one end, instead of a typical jack-to-jack permanent link. Although installers have used this method for years, a new breed of MPTL plugs have entered the market, including Panduit’s new Field Terminated Plug. These plugs are designed specifically for connecting the growing number of networked devices that are going into buildings. The standard revision allows for field testing of MPTLs – something that hasn’t been possible previously. With field testing using a recognized and reputable tester, the installer can be assured that the channel that includes the MPTL meets applicable Category 5e, 6 or 6A performance requirements to support data rates of 1G and higher.

MPTLs are a key component in today’s digital building, allowing quick and easy connections for cameras, access points, lights and more. As additional systems are added to the network, MPTL use will continue to grow. The addition of this new connector to the standard solidifies the continued use of MPTLs going forward.

If standards compliance is an issue for your organization, now’s your chance to try these connectivity solutions in your buildings and see the big difference yourself. Reach out to your distributor or your Panduit account manager to see these in person if you haven’t already.