Security of people, premises, and resources has been one of the main concerns for businesses across the world. Among various things, today, this is achieved using video security and surveillance networks. Video security systems are installed throughout business premises to gather information on incidents and allow business owners to improve their security measures. Although these cameras look like simple devices, their requirements have changed. They have new requirements for bandwidth, quality, and distance beyond copper cables. This post analyzes the use of fiber optic cables with IP video and CCTV analog video systems. Read More
Enterprise switches are the type of network switches, which are deployed in large networks comprising many connections. These switches do not suggest typical types but only refer to the work environment and application. There are different types of enterprise switches based on the designs. This post analyzes these switches, their hierarchy, types, and applications in detail. Read More
Effective digital communication is important for any business. Today, businesses rely on IP-based communication solutions like web conferencing, IP telephony (VoIP), voice mail, and virtual communication for communication. IP-based communication offers various benefits such as affordability, effectiveness, convenience, and feature-rich. Although IP-based communication solutions have gained immense popularity over the years, many users are still reluctant to embrace them due to misconceptions. This post aims to debunk misconceptions regarding this technology and its solutions. Read More
Thanks to improved network reliability and fast data speeds, many business organizations are embracing 5G networks. These benefits mean businesses can improve their customer satisfaction, competitiveness, and optimize their savings and profits. Several factors contribute to the success of this technology and fiber-rich network infrastructure is one of them. Having said that, it is quite obvious to think what makes fiber technology popular over legacy copper systems in 5G and what 5G entail. Read the post to know these answers and more. Read More
Audio and video technologies (AV) have evolved over the years, and now they are an integral part of our digital communication. As these technologies continue to evolve, the AV are being are designed to carry audio, video, and control signals of high resolution and speed. Sometimes Cat5 or Cat6 cables fail to meet these requirements. This is where fiber optic cables can work. These cables offer a combination of glass and light or say optical impulses, which AV professionals can best utilize to their benefits. Would you like to know how these fiber optic cables are set to change the future of AV? This post discusses the same and more. Read More
With businesses dabbling into humongous amounts of data which helps in analysis and strategic decision making, they need to have robust networks to transfer this data across locations. There are various network devices such as cables, connectors, switches, media converters, and so on which help build a robust and safe network and facilitate data transfer over a long distance. They also enable the connection of two or more types of dissimilar networks. Switches are an integral part of modern networks, which enable communication between network devices and cables. They are especially useful in mixed or blended networks such as fiber optic and copper cable network. However, these are Ethernet switches are used in industrial applications. Industrial Ethernet switches are different and more advanced than regular switches. They are robust and are designed to resist harsh weather conditions, industrial environments, and so on. These are manufactured under special industrial grade standards and have a wide operating temperature range. When selecting Ethernet switches, there are many factors one must consider. This post discusses the same and more. Read More
Power over Technology (PoE) devices and technology have gained immense momentum as it enables seamless transmission of data and power using the same cable through separate lines. This makes the technology popular across all industrial segments, expanding and need robust business networks. Initially, the technology was designed for Gigabit Ethernet; however, it is applicable for fiber optics as well. In the case of fiber optic networks blended with the existing copper cable network, a PoE switch, and a media converter are used to transmit and convert the signals from electric pulses to light pulses and vice versa. PoE is by now well-known for its simplicity and efficiency. Read More
Power over Ethernet or PoE technology is used in almost all industrial segments pertaining to business networks. It is for wired Ethernet as well as fiber-optic networks. PoE is gaining momentum owing to the simplicity and efficiency it assures and saves on external electric supplies for powering devices. There are different versions of Power over Ethernet switches in use today – PoE switches, PoE+ switches, and PoE++ switches. Would you like to know more about these switches? If that sounds yes, then this post answers everything about these devices. So, stay tuned. Read More
The demand for fiber optics is increasing by the day, and hence it is crucial to understand the ports and network devices used here. This helps select the right devices with the required power and configuration. SFP or small form factor pluggable module is a transceiver that can be connected to an SFP port on a switch in the network. These modules are designed to connect fiber optic cables in the network. They are similar to RJ45 connector ports used to connect copper cables. These are used for data as well as voice communication applications and offer immediate connectivity. RX and TX stand for receiver and transmitter sensitivity which is an important part of the optical power calculation. This post discusses the ways to identify RX/TX optical power on SFP modules. Read More
Meeting the ever increasing network speed demands can be challenging if you are using a legacy network. Not just the old wired network but even wireless networks have issues in terms of seamless connectivity and signal attenuation. Wireless routers connected to modems do not work well beyond 30 meters. Also, they have issues in bad weather conditions. Considering all these challenges, fiber optics has gained traction over the last few years and is estimated to grow even further as per some research reports. Fiber optics works on optical signals which are sent over a fiber optic cable. While it is a wired network, these cables have fiberglass strands inside which reflect the light that penetrates the transparent cables. But do these networks use fiber optic modems? Yes, they do, and they are absolutely reliable. This is one factor why they find applications in advanced and complex industry segments. This post discusses the benefits of using fiber optic modems and beyond. Read More
VoIP, remote monitoring, as well as networked video surveillance, are a few applications that have gained immense popularity in recent years. These applications have different bandwidth requirements and are widely used in residences, offices, and industrial facilities. Owing to their high dependability, the users of these applications cannot afford delays. Most legacy IP networks are designed for First-in-First-Out standards, which means some devices may face delays, thereby causing some disruption to schedules. This is where the Quality of Service (QoS) makes a difference. This article explores QoS in detail and offers you insights in their increasing role in business networks. Read More
Networks- whether private or the ones connected to the internet have growing demands from businesses, in terms of speed, connectivity, bandwidth, distance, and other factors. This is how the demand for fiber optics picked up because of benefits they offer. However, rather than fully upgrading to fiber optics, most businesses find it economical and sustainable to blend fiber optics into their existing copper cable network. You can achieve this with good quality fiber switches, connectors, SFP modules, media converters, and so on. SFP transceivers are small form factor pluggable transceiver-receiver modules which establish connectivity between a network device such as a switch and a copper or fiber optic cable. There is a variety of SFP modules with their advanced versions such as SFP++, and so on available in the market. So, choosing an SFP transceiver must be based on your application requirement, device compatibility, and so on. This post offers tips on choosing SFP transceivers and why VERSITRON SFP modules are better than other choices in the market. Read More
Building a network with minimum cables has become an important requisite for businesses these days. This is because cable cluttering may result in confusion and accidents if not managed properly. Fortunately, several technologies have been developed to accomplish this. HDMI Over IP and HDBaseT are increasingly popular and have gained immense acceptance owing to their beneficial features. Both HDMI over IP and HDBaseT distribute high-definition video signals from a single source to multiple screens using the existing Ethernet infrastructure. The distribution of video signals is performed using devices such as switches, adapters, splitters, and so on. However, both technologies do it differently. Whether to choose HDMI Over IP or HDBaseT largely depends upon your application needs. This post discusses HDMI Over IP and HDBaseT in detail. Read More
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is one of the popular network protocols that are used by network engineers to monitor the network traffic and performance. SNMP is a protocol for the application layer, and is an integral part of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Protocol suite. It is identified by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) for information exchange between network devices. SNMP is an important feature of managed switches, which is configured prior to use. Having said that, you will find this feature on most branded managed switches. VERSITRON is one of the leading manufacturers of managed and unmanaged networking switches in the US. These switches have been an integral part of robust fiber optic networks for several years now. If you are using any of VERSITRON’s managed switches, you may want to know how to configure SNMP on managed switches, isn’t it? If yes, this post leads you through the configuration steps and also provides you insights on SNMP and features. Read More
Wavelength division multiplexing or WDM has gained immense traction over the last few years. It has been the preferred choice of technology for transporting massive data in the form of light signals over a fiber cable. By doing so, it maximizes fiber network capacity and avoids excess wiring. Initially, this classic technology has been used by various private carriers and service providers. However, with consistent upgrades and unmatched technical improvements, it has been widely adopted by governmental organizations, privately owned data centers, corporate empires, and many more. Are you intrigued to know more about WDM technology? This post attempts to answer every question you might have regarding wavelength division multiplexing. Read on to know more. Read More
Industrial Ethernet switches are a crucial part of data transmission and communication networks. The Ethernet network switches are ideally used in the high-capacity industrial networks for controlled transmission. In industrial applications like factory automation networks, business communication, security and surveillance networks, etc the Ethernet switches, are of great significance. Also, several industries adopt serial to Ethernet networks where the Ethernet switches and serial communication devices are of the same significance. Despite the advanced capabilities of industrial Ethernet switches, there are several industrial Ethernet switches challenges for future applications that are foreseen by industry experts. The challenges foreseen are certainly due to rapidly evolving technologies and demanding industrial Ethernet networks. That is why futureproofing the industrial Ethernet switches have become a necessity for network managers. However, without knowing the challenges, it is not possible to futureproof the Ethernet switches. This is why this post discusses industrial Ethernet switches challenges that may be faced in the future. Read More
A video multiplexer, which is popularly known as a CCTV multiplexer or video mux, is used in video surveillance systems with complex monitoring requirements. They allow multiple videos to be combined and displayed in different grid views on a single monitor. For instance, in legacy security systems, video multiplexers combine videos from multiple CCTV cameras to be recorded on a video surveillance VCR. Most of the video multiplexers support both analog CCTV cameras and modern HD-over-Coax Cameras. Are you intrigued to know more about them? This post answers all the questions you may have regarding video multiplexers or CCTV video multiplexers. Read More
Optical transceivers are an integral part of fiber optic networks. Owing to the growing demand and quality requirements of the optical transceivers, most times manufacturers and suppliers ensure that each individual device has been tested properly. Thus, testing their performance is important. Fiber optics is a multi-parameter technology, so several factors must be considered while testing the optical transceivers. This is why multiple tests are performed by industry experts to inspect and analyze the quality and performance efficiency of optical transceivers. Read More
Industrial Ethernet networks often demand extended reach for data transmission. Industrial Ethernet networks consist of multiple data terminal equipment (DTE) and data communication equipment (DCEs) integrated together. To transmit data from the DTE to DCEs, Ethernet-compliant transmission media such as copper cables, fiber optics cables, etc are utilized. In modern industrial Ethernet networks, fiber optics has become a highly preferred choice due to its efficiency, data security, transmission speed, and higher bandwidth, etc. Read More
RJ45 is one of the popular Ethernet interfaces where RJ stands for registered jack. A registered jack (RJ) is basically a standardized telecommunication network interface. There are multiple types of registered jack (RJ) interfaces such as RJ45, RJ11, RJ14, RJ25, RJ45, etc. However, the RJ45 interface enables connection to local exchange carriers or long-distance carriers for voice and data transmission. In wired communication, the RJ45 interface is of great significance. It is most applicable in wired twisted-pair connections. There are different devices available that are compliant with the RJ45 jack interface such as RJ45 cables, switches with RJ45 connectors, etc. However, before utilizing or integrating these devices in your Ethernet network, it is essential to understand the RJ45 interface properly. This post offers insights into the RJ45 interface, its importance in Ethernet connections, and its related devices. Read More
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