More and more of our projects involve networked systems and associated devices, and that inevitably includes cabling. And, as the price differential between the various category-rated cables diminishes, we are finding the temptation to provide the highest level of category rating possible throughout projects, whether or not it makes sense. If CAT5 is good, and CAT5e is better, isn’t CAT6 best? Shouldn’t we just play it safe and use it everywhere? Not necessarily ...
Bob Grossman · January 04, 2011
One of the most important components of any IP network is also the one that is most overlooked - the cabling. Without proper cable, and cable installation, the network just won't function right.
December 31, 2009
Driving a Ferrari is exhilarating — unless you happen to be on a dirt road. Whether it’s a sophisticated automobile or wired security device, both will fail miserably if not provided a suitable pathway. For the latter, it’s key to know the technologies and standards.
September 30, 2009
ADT Security Services and two subcontractors took on an IP-based video surveillance solution at a new $27 million rail transit parking facility in Irvine, Calif. Under a tight deadline, a supremely coordinated effort was necessary to overcome obstacles before achieving success.
By Rodney Bosch · August 31, 2009
Today's technicians are faced with many choices when it comes to routing and securing system cabling. Should the cable go in a raceway or conduit, be surface mounted, and if so, how should that cable be properly secured? Knowing the best technique and hardware for accomplishing cable management can be a time- and money-saver for any installation company.
June 30, 2009
In years past alarm technicians operated under the assumption that combination burglar/fire alarm panels were not allowed on commercial fire jobs. One reason is that many ...
November 30, 2008
SSI Staff · September 30, 2008
It’s important to know what type of cable to use in a fire alarm system no matter what the situation. Not only is it important from a functionality standpoint, but it’s also important because your clients must be code compliant in order to satisfy a number of concerns, such as an insurance company or ...
August 31, 2008
I can remember at an early age the mystery in learning a secret code. It was a way to feel important because only you and a select group really understood how to communicate with this order of the secret code. Now that we are older and either have, or are working on, a profession the fancy of childhood codes has passed. But as some have learned ...
July 31, 2008
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