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The Importance of Patch Panels

The Importance of Patch Panels

Patch panels are a crucial (and often overlooked) element of any interconnected network. Essentially, patch panels serve as a network’s central location for monitoring and connecting circuits. Often times, they’re used to connect and disconnect equipment. Picture a panel as a traffic signal, it’s the traffic signal that monitors and controls the flow of traffic through its intersection. A patch panel is an absolutely critical component for uptime, performance, speed and other important characteristics.

Importance of Patch Panels

Importance of Patch Panels

Available in different sizes and configurations, patch panels can be customized to fit your network’s unique needs. But all patch panels are similar in one regard – they’re important for any network’s ability to configure new equipment (and also phase out old components).
Patch panels are versatile enough to handle both copper and fiber cable networks. Each type has its own pros and cons. Some network professionals think copper-compatible patch panels have superior reliability and more secure connections, while others tout fiber’s fast speed and ability to easily upgrade existing networks. No matter the cable type, one thing’s for certain – no network can run well without a properly configured patch panel.

Also referred to as jack fields and patch bays, patch panels consist of ports to quickly connect cables. Patch cords are used for data streams entering and exiting the patch panel. While no physical limit exists for a patch panel’s size, most have anywhere from 24 to 96 ports. For larger networks, hundreds of ports can be used. That’s another factor in a patch panel’s importance – as your network grows, ports can be added to accommodate ever-expanding demand.

Cable management is another essential aspect for any properly configured network. Patch panels also assist electricians and network engineers by providing convenient, flexible routing options. Because a patch panel has numerous ports in close proximity, cables can be routed, labeled and monitored easily and efficiently.

Now that you’ve been exposed to Patch Panels 101, you can see the significance of having patch panels in place. Primus Cable offers an impressive assortment of patch panels to help your network achieve optimum performance. Please contact our customer service department with any question. We’re here to help!


Choosing the Right Video Cables

With the wide variety of home theater technology that has become available over the last ten years—RPTV, Plasma TV, LED, LCD, amongst others—it is more important than ever to choose the right audio and video cables to connect your home theater. We understand, it is not always easy to know which ones to get and where to get high quality cables. Here is a little information on choosing the right video cables.

Choosing the Right Video Cables

Choosing the Right Video Cables

HDMI Audio or Video Cables

The audio/video industry is changing, and HDMI is at the front of home theater connectivity. HDMI is the best choice. What is HDMI? HDMI is acronym for High-Definition Multimedia Interface, and it transmits high quality audio and video signal over a single cable. HDMI cables are made to hand 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second and 24-bit audio at 192KHz. The signal remains in digital form, protecting it from audio and video signal interference and signal loss. Because it is in digital form, lengths under six feet will usually work with the same great quality. Just make sure it is not defective, and buy from a reputable company (like us). For anything over six feet, you’re definitely going to want high quality (maybe more expensive) cable. Many companies sell these types of cables. Our HDMI cables are excellent. And with our help, you’re going to get the best bang for your buck.

Component Cables

Whether you are looking for high definition or standard definition, component cables are a great solution. Component cables provide HD connection (and standard definition) between devices such as your Blu-Ray to TV. While component cables have hi-definition capabilities, they don’t carry the same audio quality (35Mhz) as HDMI. When getting composite cables, you will need to get the audio cables as well. With some component cables, audio cables are included.

Make sure your cables are hi-definition capable. Use shorter cables with lower gauge cable size to prevent signal interference and signal loss. Get cable that is rated at 75 +/- 1.5 Ohms. Also, many of us may wonder if gold-plating really matters. Why yes, it does. While non-gold plated cables are okay, in order to ensure quality, it is better to get the gold-plated component cables. Component cable inputs are on most audio and video products, such as DVD, Blu-Ray, and HDTV. If you’re looking for some new, high caliber component cables, we carry them. (continue reading…)


Why Fiber Optic Cables are Better Than Copper

Making the switch from copper cable to fiber optic cable? We understand that you may be asking why. There are many beneficial reasons. When trying to decide whether to buy fiber optic cables or regular, copper cable ones, it’s essential to understand just what fiber optics are and how they can benefit your network.

Why Fiber Optic Cables are Better Than Copper

Why Fiber Optic Cables are Better Than Copper

Fiber Signal more Secure and Clear

To put it simply, fiber optics is a technology that uses glass fibers instead of copper conductors to transmit data. Each of those glass fibers that are bundled together are capable of sending messages adjusted onto light waves. Because fiber transmits the signal through glass in the form of light, it does not conduct electricity—they do not require grounding and they are not susceptible to electromagnetic interference. This means that fiber optics have an extremely secure signal and maintains a very clear signal (virtually noise free).

More Information, Faster

Fiber optic cable transmits information digitally, giving it the ability to carry higher bandwidths at higher speeds, meaning more information, less waiting, and over longer distances. Copper cable can’t compare to fiber optics in bandwidth and speed capabilities.

Ease of Installation

Fiber optic cables are thinner and lighter than copper cables, which makes maneuvering them much easier. With copper cable being much more bulky, it is often difficult to make changes in your current network without drastic changes. If you are installing a new fiber network or just replacing lines, they can be easily placed in existing areas where runs are made.

Less Corrosive

However, these advantages don’t come without some cost. Due to their sophisticated nature, they are more fragile than copper wires and more expensive to install. But this also comes with an advantage—cable damage and failure is detected early and immediately. The benefit is that fiber optic cable does not corrode and is not as sensitive to water and chemical damage, meaning that correctly installed, they last for a long time. (continue reading…)


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Whether you are looking for fiber, security, networking or home theater products, Primus Cable has the parts, tools and accessories that you need to complete your project successfully. We offer the most competitive pricing on the market, and take great pride in delivering excellent customer service. It is for this very reason that we have been used by companies such as the Hill Air Force Base, Lockheed Martin, Fullerton, University of Illinois and more.

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