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Free Whitepaper - Shielded Ethernet Cabling Requirements
Ethernet networks are pushing into areas that traditionally have not been friendly to data communication. Today’s networks span both office and industrial areas. For this reason, L-com has expanded our selection of shielded cabling products to help meet these new demands. In this newsletter I will discuss what the different options are for shielded cables and where or why you might need them.
Traditional category 5E or category 6 cables have four twisted pairs and no shield. With shielded products, a shield layer is added to help reduce interference to network signals. There are several different types of shielding found on network cabling.
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The choice of a shielded cable or non-shielded cable often comes with experience. The electrical environment around the area you are installing the cable determines what is the best choice for that job. An area such as a production/factory floor where heavy equipment is being used is a prime example of a place where you might consider a shielded cable.
Do I need special tools when working with shielded cable?
The answer to this question depends on the connectors that you are using. Some network connectors can work in standard crimp tools used by most installers. Other connectors feature more rugged shield termination and strain relief and require a different tool to crimp the shield. Termination of a shielded cable can be difficult if you have not done it before.
Shielded cabling and components have a higher costs basis than non-shielded products. For this reason it is not economical to install shielded products where they are not needed. If you find that your network is suffering from interference from some nearby equipment, then shielded cable can often help. Shielded cable can also hurt a network when installed incorrectly where it is not required. If you are not sure about how or where to use shielded cabling, contact us today and we can discuss your specific project.
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