Don’t Miss Your Chance to See the Hottest Wireless Products

March 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM

 

 

Question: Where can you find over 7,500 technology engineers and buyers, over 350 top manufacturers, and a five-day conference with the most influential industry leaders (all of whom are eager to share their innovations and expertise)?

 

Answer: The International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) on March 26th and 27th. 

 

We believe that IWCE is not only a place to learn from and network with a wide range of industry professionals, but it also provides a chance to see the most innovative wireless technology. It’s an opportunity to discover new technology that could help you do your job more efficiently and effectively.

 

Also, did we mention that it's in Vegas?

 

How could you pass that up. We certainly won't.

 

Plus, the 2014 IWCE Conference will have a packed week filled with special events including panel discussions, workshops, and even courses on the "Foreign-Language track" for all you Spanish speakers out there.

 

We’re looking forward to exhibiting at IWCE since it’s the premiere wireless conference for engineers and installers. IWCE prides itself on being the authoritative annual event for communications technology in the working world. This year our team will showcase many new wireless products including our MIMO and multi-band antennas, which can be used in today’s 802.11ac applications. A few surprise products are also planned to be unveiled....so keep a lookout!

 

Some of the many products L-com will feature at IWCE include:

 
-Dual Polarized MIMO Antennas
-Coaxial and Data line Lightning Protectors
-NEMA Enclosures
-Coaxial RF Cable Assemblies and Connectors
-2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz Radios and Antennas


Be sure to stop by our Booth #4141 at the Las Vegas Convention Center to meet our wireless experts and see L-com's latest wireless connectivity products.


P.S. 

 

Get your complimentary show pass here!

 

802.11ac: What’s all the buzz about?

March 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

 

Amidst the bustling and overpopulated race to find better, faster WiFi, there now exists a new wireless standard that will help you get there. You may even come in first place.

 

The latest IEEE standard for wireless networking, 802.11ac, is bringing high speed gigabit wireless connectivity to business, home, and government communications systems everywhere. 802.11ac offers up to 1 Gbps wireless transmissions and the ability to support up to eight MIMO spatial streams as well as 80 MHz channel bandwidth. This new advancement in wireless technology promises flawless voice, video, and data transmission to multiple end users at the same time.

 

If slow WiFi has you feeling down, 802.11ac is worth looking into.

 

802.11ac delivers faster throughput and better range than the previous 802.11n standard. 802.11n can deliver up to 600 Mbps with four spatial streams using one 40 MHz-wide channel. 802.11ac is engineered to deliver up to 1Gbps which translates to higher data rates and happier end users.

 

The new amendment’s ultimate intention is to achieve higher multi-user throughput in wireless local area networks (WLANs) and improve WLAN user experience especially for bandwidth intensive applications such as streaming voice and video.

Here at L-com, we continue to support the latest standardized technologies by offering high quality, high performance products, including those for 802.11ac applications.

 

Our series of 802.11ac indoor and outdoor WiFi antennas feature 2.4-5.8 GHz operation for a variety of applications. L-com currently offers 802.11ac ceiling antennas, panel antennas, rubber duck antennas, and Omni antennas.

 

DJ Drops Mad Beats But Not His USB Connection

March 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM

A Testimonial from the Nerdy DJ (DJ Forge)

 

 

A USB dropout.

 

The mixer isn’t communicating with the software and silence starts to creep in as people halt to a standstill on the dance floor. Alternative sound must recover or else dead air lingers until the equipment is either trouble-shot or rebooted.

 

This is a DJ’s worst nightmare. Everything counts when you’re mixing in a club or at a large show. A lag or halt in the music is a death knell.

 

That’s why Jordan Chavis, better known as DJ Forge of North Carolina, must rely on fail proof equipment (including high performance cables) to run his shows. According to Chavis, anything you can do to avoid that dropout scenario is a win. Having the right USB cable is just a small but important part of his set-up.

 

So, Chavis turned to L-com’s Right Angled USB Cable to run his DJ mixer. “You can tell the difference between a high quality cable and cheap cable,” Chavis said, “And this one has been really reliable.”

 

Chavis discovered L-com’s Right Angled USB Cable when he was faced with an unusual USB port placement on a trial piece of equipment. On his blog called The Nerdy DJ (for working DJs, by working DJs) Chavis and his friends did a comparison of two mixers and wrote about it in Rane Sixty-Two vs. Pioneer DJM-900SRT. Since the USB port was on top of the Pioneer DJM-900SRT mixer instead of in the back where it normally is, he decided that he needed a cable which would be secure yet flexible.

 

Armed with his Right Angled USB cable, Chavis is confident he can run his shows without skipping a beat.

 

“This cable is something that my DJ friends and colleagues and I will recommend to use for all types of DJ mixers or DJ controllers,” said Chavis, “Because even if the port is in the back, it’s convenient to have the right angle for connection security and it get’s the cable out of the way.”

 

In addition to providing equipment reviews like the Rane vs. Pioneer demo, Chavis’s website is a community for DJs to turn to for career advice, how-to’s, maintenance tips, and more. Chavis aspires for Nerdy DJ to be a place where DJs are collaborating and a site that every DJ wants to check when he or she wakes up in the morning. Alongside playing weekly shows and serving as the official UNC DJ, Chavis has focused his time working hard on Nerdy DJ since last October so that it can be a hot spot for new and old DJs alike.

 

Chavis has opened for some of the biggest names in hip-hop including Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, Fabulous, Clipse, KRS-One, Ghostface, Method Man, and more. He discovered his love for DJing back in college as a computer science major, when a roommate brought back a turn table to their place.

 

“I got nerdy about DJing instead of nerdy about coding,” said Chavis.

 

In the upcoming weeks you can find DJ Forge at events in some of his favorite spots in NC. Chavis said he is also starting to throw hip-hop shows once a month and hopes to narrow his focus on growing in his career, as well as travelling more. Keep a lookout for him in Tokyo or elsewhere in Japan in the near future!

 

Photo by Jordan Chavis

Use L-com's Online Wireless Calculators for Site Planning

February 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM

 

Are you doing an installation, looking to understand a particular network conversion, or trying to determine what equipment to use for your wireless network?

 

Give our wireless calculators a try! L-com can help you plan your wireless network installations. These handy tools provide detailed information such as Power Budget, Free Space Loss, Fresnel Zone and more. By using these free tools you can better understand the equipment required to accomplish your wireless link.

 

Here are some examples of Wireless Calculators:


 

Power Budget Wireless Calculator

 

Use this wireless calculator to determine your Power Budget. The 'Power Budget' is the total power being output from the wireless system, or the total system gain. The FCC regulates 36 dBm as the maximum output for 2.4 GHz ISM band applications, so use this calculator to make sure you aren’t exceeding the legal limit and to determine the right antenna and radio to use for your application.

 

The total power is the sum of:

  • PLUS Radio Transmit Power 
  • MINUS cables and connectors losses 
  • PLUS antenna gain 

 

Note that in order to enter your amount of cable loss you’ll need to know what type of cable you are using.

 

 

 

 

Free Space Loss Wireless Calculator


Free Space Loss is the loss of power over distance (assuming there’s noFresnel Effect and nothing is in the way). In practice, everything interferes with the signal but this will give you a reasonable approximation of the signal loss over distance.

 

 

 

 

Fresnel Zones Wireless Calculator


This calculator defines how much clearance you need (you will require more than simple Line-of-Sight). For longer links > 3 Km (2 miles), you can determine whether you may have a ground clearance problem.

 

 

 

View all of our Wireless Calculator Tools

 

One thing to note however is that due to the nature of radio frequency propagation and the numerous factors that can affect operating range, we do not guarantee that you will achieve any specific range for your application. These wireless calculators are for estimation purposes only.

 

 

BICSI: What You Can Discover

February 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM

In the trenches with L-com’s David Gallagher 


 

 

Perhaps you’ve already attended a BICSI conference and you’re not sure if this post is for you. Hang in there. We’ll share some ideas that may shed new light on your BICSI experience.

 

For those who haven’t yet gone to BICSI, you may be unsure of its worth or are simply curious about what goes on. We interviewed L-com Product Manager, David Gallagher, to give you some insights on what he observed at the show.

 

Gallagher attended this year’s 2014 BICSI Winter Conference and has attended several in the past. It’s no secret that going to the show gives him or any other Product Manager a first look at what’s trending in the new year or what the “hot technology” on the street is. This year though, Gallagher noticed a shift in the climate. “The dynamic of the show seems to have changed. There’s a bigger focus on Fiber Optics and Facility Security,” said Gallagher.

 

According to Gallagher, the hottest topics in Fiber Optics at the show were data center port density, cable management, LC connectors, and cabling.  Gallagher also noticed a huge focus on security camera installs. “The number of security integrators and equipment providers at the show was surprising,” said Gallagher.

 

“Companies are also a lot more interested in installing security monitoring systems now because of recent issues,” Gallagher continued.

 

Finding these trends buzzing at the show helped Gallagher (and hopefully you too) to hone in on what new products and technologies are at the forefront of the Information Technology Systems space and how L-com’s products could be best utilized for these hot applications.

 

Another advantage Gallagher highlighted about not missing BICSI is the opportunity a Product Manager has to learn a new perspective about their product. Yes, most Product Managers know their product inside and out and could list off features and benefits in their sleep. But, there’s always a “fresh look” that could be waiting behind the next door. Or at the next trade show.

 

One attendee claimed “This looks like it’s pretty tough!” referring to our IP68 and UL rated Industrial Ruggedized Ethernet Cable. Sure, yes, it’s virtually unbreakable. Gallagher knew this wasn’t any news.

 

But what he found is that as he observed BICSI goers conversing and getting excited over our Ruggedized Ethernet Cable, it made him stop and think about what kinds of tools he actually could break the cable with.

 

This was something he hadn’t considered before, and put the product’s features in another light. As Gallagher did, you might discover a new way your product is viewed by potential customers or what feature strikes them the most (therefore giving you a hint on what you should play up in your marketing campaigns).

 

“It is always great to interact directly with customers and learn what issues they see in the field.  This helps us find new and better product designs based on their extensive experience,” said Gallagher.

 

Another opportunity at BICSI that Gallagher was pleased about was the ability to build relationships. BICSI brings together a wide variety of professionals in the Information Technology Systems field, all in the hub of Orlando where there’s much attraction. Whether they were clients, vendors, or future customers, it was advantageous to be in the mix. BICSI offered another opportunity to meet and greet some clients whom Gallagher had never met, and as a Product Manager with thousands of customers it’s common to have missed some.

 

Additionally, at BICSI there’s a chance to rework or fine tune your marketing strategies. By managing the booth as Gallagher did or observing the reactions at other booths, you’re able to see what works and what doesn’t. For instance, are people drawn to the display case or to your catalog?

 

For L-com, Gallagher noticed the usefulness of product samples. “People want to see and feel the product in their hands. Have the ability to test it, bend it, and look at it closely,” said Gallagher. “Especially if they’re a potential buy, but also to compare quality and competition.”

 

Lastly, don’t forget about social media. According to Gallagher,  techies and engineers do participate.

 

“I didn’t expect Twitter to play a part in the show,” said Gallagher.  “Someone actually walked up to our booth and asked if we were the culprit who sent a Twitter invitation to visit.”

 

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