Where Can You Find Over 8,000 Connectivity Products?

February 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM


Why the L-com master catalog of course! Twice a year L-com produces its master catalog bringing over 8,000 wired and wireless connectivity products to your mailbox.


Our master catalog has long been used by universities, tech schools and other educational institutions as a teaching tool for up and coming engineers and network designers. The master catalog features tech tips and tutorials that explain how various wired and wireless technologies and products work.


Other features of our master catalog include a handy connector chart that shows just about every connector type under the sun. This reference guide is great to stick on your cube wall for fast connector reference.



Be sure to request your free 2015 master catalog today or you can download it as a flip book right now or download the PDF files.


We would appreciate any feedback you may have on our master catalog. Please leave a comment below.



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The Wi-Fi Hotspot Boom

February 12, 2015 at 10:00 AM


Mobile wireless use has spurned a boom in the number of worldwide hotspots. Now as most of you probably know a hotspot is an area where Wi-Fi is provided as part of a “perk” typically found in businesses such as coffee shops, restaurants, sports stadiums and other public areas where people congregate.


In addition to the “perk” aspect of hotspots, most of world’s major voice and data carriers have also installed hotspots to help offload 3G/4G cellular Internet users to Wi-Fi networks which is more cost-effective for these mobile carriers/providers as well as mobile users like you.


According to ABI research hotspots will continue to grow at a CAGR of 15.0% between 2013 and 2018, to exceed 10.5 million hotspots worldwide. The Asia-Pac region has led this boom with over 68% of the worlds Wi-Fi hotspots! North America is fourth in the pack with over 8% of the worlds installed hotspots. These numbers include Wi-Fi hotspots deployed by mobile and fixed-line carriers as well as third party operators.


ABI also states that it is expected that global mobile data traffic will grow to 190,000 petabytes in 2018, up from 23,000 petabytes in 2013. Now that’s a lot of growth!


What this means to you is that you will most likely always find a Wi-Fi signal when you are out and about saving you cellular bandwidth (monthly plan $ savings) and sometimes even providing faster downloads and even better signal  strength in some areas.


We here at L-com are a part of this boom by providing both large carriers and small private hotspot owners with high quality antennas, RF amplifiers, low loss coax cable, access points and equipment enclosures to help facilitate this hotspot explosion.


Our wireless products support 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi frequencies as well as cellular frequencies fit every hotspot application.


Tell us about your hotspot application in the comments area below.


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Custom Cables -One Size Does Not Fit All

January 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM



Have you ever worked on a new product design or network installation where no off the shelf product would fit the bill? Did you find frustration as opposed to an easy to find solution? Well you’re not alone! Many of our customers come to us daily with custom cable requests to help them get their jobs done.


As a manufacturer of cable assemblies we make it a point to offer just about every type of cable assembly off the shelf. We stock cables with LSZH, Plenum, UV and Oil resistant jackets and more! We offer shielded and unshielded versions of cables, as well as IP67/68 rated assemblies for harsh environments. But even with our wide breadth of off the shelf cables we still manufacture a multitude of custom cable assemblies for our customers. Many times the cable is being used by an OEM in a new product design where specific lengths and connector combinations are required.


So whether you need an off the shelf cable or a custom assembly never seen before, L-com has got you covered. Our ISO 9001:2008 manufacturing facilities in the US and China are ready to produce your custom cable built to your specs. We can build molded or assembled cables and offer a full suite of environmental and mechanical testing capabilities.  








For those of you who would prefer to make your own custom cable right now, check out our easy to use online custom cable configurator.


Or if you need a custom cable assembly or other product our online configurator cannot provide call us at 1-800- 341-5266 or e-mail us at sales@L-com.com for a custom product quote.


5 GHz the Once Uncrowded Frequency

January 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM


The vast majority of today’s business and home wireless networks operate on the 2.4 GHz frequency band. The list of devices that run over 2.4 GHz runs the gamut from microwave ovens to baby monitors to cordless phones and oh yes... wireless access points and routers. Just look around your house or office and you can bet just about every wireless device is operating on the 2.4GHz frequency band.


With that said you can see the 2.4 GHz frequency band is very crowded like a highway at rush hour.


Just when the 2.4 GHz band was about to burst at the seams along came 802.11n. 802.11n wireless technology uses both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands to send voice, video and data traffic via wireless Ethernet.


When implementing 802.11n on a pure 5 GHz network less interference is realized providing better signal reception and fewer connectivity interruptions.


With the ratification of 802.11ac last year we will now start to see a plethora of pure 5 GHz 802.11ac devices hit the market. 802.11ac offers 1 Gigabit per second throughput and only operates on the 5 GHz frequency band making it the latest Wi-Fi technology of choice. What this means is that you will start to see the 5 GHz frequency band  ”fill up” with voice, video and data traffic but at what pace?


Let’s see how fast is takes to crowd the 5 GHz spectrum!


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The Benefits of Using PoE

January 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM



Power over Ethernet (PoE) has been around for awhile now. Chances are you use PoE at work and maybe even at home. PoE has several benefits that we will expound upon in this week’s blog post.


PoE provides data and power over a single Ethernet cable which is a pretty brilliant idea. PoE first came to market in 2003 and has flourished since. With its first release 802.3af, PoE was able to provide 15.4 watts of DC power to a connected device such as a PoE enabled IP phone or Wi-Fi access point. The most current implementation of PoE, 802.3at can send a whopping 25.5 Watts of DC power to an end device and can be used with PoE enabled pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ ) IP cameras for surveillance applications.


Currently the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is working on the next generation of PoE called 802.3bt. 802.3bt promises up to at least double or even triple the power output of 802.3at!


Possible future applications for 802.3bt include point of sale (POS) credit card readers, building lighting and access controllers, industrial brushless and stepper motor drives, video conferencing systems and more!


Well here it is… a breakdown of some of the major benefits of PoE


·         Fast deployment of devices and services

·         Flexibility of device placement (no AC wall outlet needed!)

·         Cost savings as new AC outlets do not need to be installed

·         Cleaner installations, no unruly power cables required


Here are some typical applications and uses for PoE Splitters and Injectors




Check out L-com‘s extensive line of PoE products to help make your life easier


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