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Don’t Cut the Cord on Coaxial Cable Just Yet

IP technology is becoming more and more prevalent with technicians. But coaxial cables are still applicable in CCTV systems, as well as other uses.


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SSI Staff · September 30, 2008

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Q: Now that I am having to connect more and more residential alarm panels to an Internet connection I am looking for suggestions to make sure I have a reliable connection to the central station. Any suggestions? June 30, 2008

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