Smart homes are the new normal nowadays. Everyone wants to integrate multiple IoT devices in the smart home network. Devices like routers, IP cameras, light-fixtures, air-conditioners, etc., are a few devices interconnected in a single smart home network. However, not all the devices are required for use at a time. This is where Ethernet switches come into action. There are two types of Ethernet switches used in smart home networks, namely unmanaged and managed switches. However, managed switches are preferred by the experts. Well, why is an unmanaged Ethernet switch a less preferred one? Do you really need managed network switches for smart home networks? This post answers these questions for you. Read More
Power over Ethernet or PoE is a technology wherein electricity to power various devices can be supplied through an Ethernet cable. There are many devices on a network such as IP cameras, IP phones, and so on, which can be powered through PoE. So, these are PoE devices. These devices find a large application in the security and surveillance segment because of the benefits they offer. This is largely because there are long reach PoEs, which extend the transmission capacity in terms of geographical distance and power the devices on the network at the same time. This post discusses what are long reach PoEs, as well as their uses and benefits in remote security systems. Read More
In 2020, video communication has become an integral part of our daily lives. From informal video calls to business video conferences to e-learning to e-medicine, everything relies on video conferencing. With strict restrictions imposed on human movements, video conferencing has emerged as an important communication medium. With it being the most effective option available to you, what if you start experiencing issues regularly during the video conferencing? It certainly does take a toll on end users like students taking online lessons and businesses meeting clients or people talking to estranged family members. Fiber optics products are proven to help in enhancing video conferencing experiences. This post discusses the common causes of poor quality videos and how to use fiber optics products to enrich the video conferencing experience. Read More
Security of humans, places, and assets is a crucial aspect, and hence areas, whether, residential, commercial, or industrial units are closely monitored and guarded 24/7 with the help of human guards as well as CCTV surveillance systems. While human guards have been there since ages, technology plays an important role in keeping track of movements, sounds, and so on in the vicinity where a camera is installed. Intelligent surveillance systems issue alert messages to the controlling system in case they detect anything unusual or suspicious. Thankfully, you can track the movement on an LCD display screen sitting in your home, which means you can remotely operate the surveillance system. This involves two crucial aspects- connecting the camera to a good display screen of your computer or TV and extending the signal transmission distance for remote monitoring. Nowadays, HD security cameras are gaining popularity due to the clarity that they offer. The camera is connected through an HDMI interface to your CCTV system. This post discusses how to connect your HD camera to a TV screen and using HDMI for CCTV applications. Read More
With fiber optics gaining much traction, it is crucial to know various devices and cables used in a fiber-optic network. Some cables are connector or interfacing cables, while others are long wires which connect to the main port at one end and another device such as a fiber converter at the other. Both these cables have varied usage. With the demand for data storage and security increasing, these cables find application in data centers and businesses which involve a large amount of data. If you are looking to expand and increase the speed of your existing network, these cables are crucial along with a few other network devices such as media converters. This post discusses AOC and DOC cables in detail along with their advantages. Read More
Several devices used in a fiber-optic network may possess similar operations. Often multiple devices can be utilized to serve a specific purpose under different circumstances. The SFP modules and media converters are two such devices with similar features and end-purposes. Owing to certain similarities, these devices are often confused, however, in reality, they differ a lot. Along with the construction, the working principles of both fiber SFP modules and fiber media converters differ in certain ways. However, the end results of both devices can be interchanged under compatible operating conditions. This post introduces the fiber media converters and the fiber SFP modules followed by a discussion over the difference between their individual working principles. It also offers a few key points to pay attention to while a selection of SFP modules or Ethernet media converters for specific applications Read More
Plain old telephone service (POTS) is the analog telecommunication technology. It was introduced in 1876 and until 1988, it remained one of the standard communication technologies. Although today internet-based telecommunication technologies like voice over IP (VoIP) are widely utilized, several businesses utilize POTS for internal confidential communication. Ever since fiber optics technology has paved its way to POTS technology, the scope of POTS has increased. Read More
Fiber optic cables are gaining traction and are becoming fast replacements for copper cables in many applications. These cables are future-friendly and ensure better security, scalability, and possess better speed and bandwidth capabilities. Having said that, does it mean these cables are capable of thwarting the efforts of hackers on their own? Perhaps. Although fiber optic cables offer better security than copper cables, you should consider taking additional security measures to secure your fiber optic devices. What are these measures? Please read the post to know the answers. Read More
Technology, electronics and networking have influenced our lives in multiple ways. These domains have changed the way many businesses and departments function, be it industrial units, small businesses, residences, government departments, roads and transportation, and so on. Yes, Internet and networking equipment such as PoE devices and more are used along with IP and CCTV cameras to monitor traffic and thus help a great deal in improving communication and safety on roads. This post discusses the usefulness of networking equipment in the roads and transportation sector. Read More
Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a technology that enables data and power transmission via a single cable. Therefore, PoE systems are exposed to heating issues. Although these systems have evolved over the few years from PoE to high-power PoE, the powering conditions have changed for the better but the heating issues still exist. Hence, it is quite possible to face heating issues while powering PoE devices. These heating issues limit the performance of PoE systems by introducing problems such as insertion loss. It is essential to effectively deal with heating issues while powering PoE devices. This post educates readers with effective methods to deal with and reduce heating issues in systems. Read More
Video security and surveillance systems are getting complex. Due to the growing need for around the clock security, a network video system may consist of several CCTV or IP cameras. In many networks, having a display screen per camera is not a feasible option. Also, having footage from each camera on a single screen ultimately makes the monitoring and surveillance quite easy and effective. Thus, property owners or organizations are investing in video security systems that integrate all cameras in one network and offer a common display for all. Do you know how to display multiple cameras on a single screen? If you don’t then this post is for you. This post discusses the ways and procedures to display multiple video footage on a common screen. Read More
Private analog telephonic networks existed in organizations way before the Internet revolution. Then the internet brought a technological disruption, connecting the world and changing the ways and the pace at which organizations functioned. This wired technology gave rise to private networks run over coaxial cables within an organization. This helped enhance data security and eased the communication and data transfer process of employees who sat in separate buildings in a few meters’ vicinity. Such networks still exist across businesses; however, they have limitations in terms of geographical distance, signal strength, and the amount of data transferred. Fiber optic networks evolved as a game changer as it helped overcome all the aforementioned hurdles. Read More
The usage of video surveillance systems has become an important requisite at the commercial and residential level. They play a vital role in several critical as well as domestic applications to deter and prevent crime and keep a given area secure. Many businesses even now refuse to implement a video surveillance system in and around the location. However, it is essential in recent times to ensure overall safety and security of employees, the privacy of data, the safety of possessions, and many more aspects. A video surveillance system is a keystone for running a safe and secure business. With a variety of security systems out there, it is crucial to choose the right system for your business, with the right type of camera and related equipment. Read More
The electrical input received from existing UTP cables is converted into light signals by the SFP transceivers, which is why they are extensively used in the network. Learn about different kinds of fiber optic transceivers. Read More
Network latency is not a new term. In modern Ethernet switches, network latency plays a key role in performance measurement, especially for clustered computing applications and high-performance networks. Most of us have heard about network latency, but don’t know what is it is exactly. This post explores everything about network latency- what it is? What causes network latency? How to minimize it in Ethernet switches? So, stay tuned. Read More
With the rising scope for fiber optics and retrofitting legacy networks, the demand for fiber optic media converters, cables, and related devices has surged. High speed internet is much a necessity in most industrial and commercial applications. Businesses have their offices located at various places, and there is a need to have an internal robust network, which can be extended if required. Fortunately, there are devices available, which can make this happen at affordable prices. Ethernet extenders and media converters both help achieve this goal of geographically extending and connecting two or more dissimilar networks. However, both these devices do it differently, and choosing the right device largely depends upon your application needs. This post compares media converters and Ethernet extenders considering all their pros and cons. Read More
High speed Internet is a requirement in many industrial segments and businesses for obvious reasons, and Gigabit Ethernet plus fiber optics have helped achieve the same. However, in many industrial units and offices, there are legacy networks comprising UTP Cat5 and Cat6 cables. Switching to fiber optics entirely certainly has a lot of advantages, but involves a significant cost factor. Therefore, fiber optics are now used largely to extend these networks at affordable prices, to facilitate seamless connectivity and high speed data transmission. Likewise, technologies have been developed considering the cost factor vs the actual requirement of speed at various times and levels. So, Multi-Gigabit Ethernet is a data connectivity link which achieves speeds of more than 1G on the existing copper cables in your network. This post discusses the significance and uses of multi-gigabit Ethernet switches, ports, and other devices. Read More
LAN is a type of networking that helps connect multiple computers in a single network. LAN was reliant on copper cables for a long time, however, owing to the benefits and popularity of fiber optics, optical LAN networks are preferred now. Since fiber optics overcomes almost all the drawbacks of copper cable networking, it is now considered as the backbone of LAN networks. When copper cables run for 100 meters, the fiber optics can run up to 2000 meters offering more than 100 Mb/s of data transmission speed. This post discusses LAN architecture over fiber optics, common types of fiber optics LAN network, and its benefits. Read More
In any organization, networking infrastructure features several software and hardware that help establish a connection between different devices and computers on a network. These hardware and software devices facilitate data transmission in a computer network. Most times, this data transmission is conducted in either of the two modes – asynchronous or synchronous. Now, you may think of how these modes differ and which mode is better? Read this post to know the answers. Read More
There are two ways of fiber optic cable termination, namely, connectors and splicing. Out of which, splicing is chosen for connecting two bare optical strands without any external connectors. There are two further categories of splicing- mechanical splicing and fusion splicing. Mechanical splicing is utilized for multimode fibers, however, fusion splicing is the process that can be used for all types of fiber optic cables. Despite being a popular method of fiber optic cable termination, fusion splicing still remains a mystery for a large section of people. Read More
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