Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Prewired 66 Blocks - RJ11 and RJ45

Prewired 66 blocks come pre-assembled for fast, easy installation. Simply screw the block down to your backboard or wall and plug in your equipment. You can order them with a wide variety of connectors, including: Male or female telco connectors, RJ11 plugs, RJ45 plugs (pictured), etc. Custom pre-wired 66 blocks are also available. Contact us at Discount-Low-Voltage to order. Or give us a call at (888) 797-3697

Here is a video showing what the prewired 66 blocks look like with the RJ11 and RJ45 connectors installed

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Arlington Industries TVB613 Recessed TV Box

Arlington TVB613 Recessed TV Box is used for new or old work and allows LCD/Plasma TVs or furniture to go flush against the wall. This video shows How To Install the Arlington TVB613 TV Box. Enjoy

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Have you used or installed the Arlington TVB613? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

How To Install Drywall Rings - MPLS, MP1P, LV1

This video will show you how to install the 3 most common drywall rings out on the market. The first one is the Erico Caddy MP1P, which is a white plastic mud ring that uses no screws. Another nice feature is the 4 points on the front of the plate, allowing you to mark the drywall without the use of a pencil. The second demonstration is for the Arlington Industries LV1. This is also a plastic mud ring that has 2 pre-mounted screws. Simply hold the plastic piece in place and tighten with a screwdriver or drill. Lastly, we show you how to install the Erico Caddy MPLS mud ring. This is a metal ring that has 2 tabs in the center. Simply align the MPLS in the drywall hole, fold the 2 tabs into the hole and screw in the included screws. The MPLS drywall ring will give you a very snug, tight fit, making this our most popular mud ring. The Arlington LV1 has been picking up in popularity though, due to the point Mercy brings up in the video. The MPLS has sharp screws that can cause cuts to your hand, or damage to the cable, while the LV1 has blunt ended screws.

Leave us a comment below on which drywall ring you like the best and why.

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Erico Caddy MPLS, MP1P and Arlington LV1

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

24 Port Telco Patch Panel - Amphenol

24 port telco patch panels come pre-wired with amphenol connectors on the back for easy installation. The 24 port telco patch panel featured in this video is a 2 conductor, 1 amphenol, cat3 voice panel. The 24 port comes in either 1RU (rack unit) or 2RU and fits all standard 19" data racks, brackets and cabinets. All of the telco patch panels on are UL listed, so you can be sure your getting a quality product at a great price. In this video, Mercy shows you what the 24 port telco patch panel looks like, front and back. Enjoy

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

How To Terminate Cat6A Shielded Keystone Jacks

In today's article, I'll explain How To Terminate Cat6A Shielded Keystone Jacks. Cat6A shielded keystone jacks may look intimidating, but they are no harder to terminate then your standard Cat6 keystone jack. There's a few more steps involved, but overall anyone can terminate these jacks. So let's take a look at some of the tools required:

Let's get started:

Step 1: Strip back about 2" of the cables jacket

Step 2: Cut off the outer plastic

Step 3: Pull back the foil and drain wire

Step 4: Cut off the inner plastic

Step 5: Cut the foil, leaving about 1/4" and wrap it around the cable. (Note: it will not completely wrap around the cable, this is normal). Then wrap the drain wire completely around the foil

Step 6: Pull back all 4 pairs of wires and cut off the center spline

Step 7: Run the wires up through the cap and lay the wires in the appropriate slots according to the 568B wiring diagram

Step 8: Trim the wires flush with the cap

Step 9: Insert the cap into the Cat6A keystone jack. Notice that the jack and the cap have arrows on them. Make sure they are both pointing the same direction.

Step 10: Close the jaw all the way until it clicks

Step 10a: If your having trouble closing the jaw, open it back up and push down on both sides of the cap. This will seat the wires. I just used a regular pair of scissors.

Step 10b: Now do the other side

Step 11: Push the shielding lug up against the cable

Step 11a: I got a much tighter seal by using pliers

Step 12: Install the included zip-tie to make sure nothing comes loose and your done. This is a completed Cat6A shielded keystone jack.

In the event that your Cat6A keystone jack isn't working properly, you will need to cut off the zip-tie, pull back the shielding lug and insert a small flat head screwdriver into the slot, twist and it will pop open. We hope this article covered everything you need to know about terminating Cat6A keystone jacks.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

HellermannTyton SwiftMark Automatic Label Printer Video


HellermannTyton, a global manufacturer of identification and cable management solutions, announces the release of the SwiftMark Label Printer and Applicator. This innovative product prints labels and automatically applies them to wire and cable, offering exponential time savings for high volume labeling applications. With the fastest cycle time and the largest wire range on the market, the SwiftMark offers dependable performance and includes many features to increase efficiency. Cables from .06” to .75” in diameter are simply placed or fed into the machine and wrapped in four seconds or less. The SwiftMark can accommodate a wide variety of cables, including single conductor cables with various insulation types and some cable bundles and preterminated cables.
The SwiftMark has a touch screen LCD interface, and label data can be transferred from a PC to the SwiftMark using a USB port, serial port, parallel port, or SD memory card. Labels are easy to produce using the accompanying TagPrint Pro labeling software. The SwiftMark’s 300 d.p.i. thermal transfer printer uses self-laminating adhesive labels and conserves printer ribbon. The labels are applied directly after being printed. The SwiftMark is able to apply labels within a half-inch of the end of a cable or connector using adjustable wire grippers which secure the wire as close as possible to the label. The SwiftMark stands up to the demands of mass labeling applications, while offering customized features to meet specific labeling requirements.
HellermannTyton also has a well developed infrastructure for service and support, ensuring the SwiftMark will always be running at optimal levels.

Product Features
  • Fastest cycle time in the industry
  • Touch screen LCD
  • Marks to within .5” of the end of the cable
  • Labels cables from .06" to .75" in diameter
  • Works with various sizes of self-laminating adhesive labels
  • Ribbon save feature minimizes ribbon usage by up to 85%
  • 300 d.p.i. thermal transfer printer
  • Stores label files on removable SD card
  • USB, parallel port, and serial connections
  • Accommodates various types of cables
  • Eliminates label wrinkles or "flags"
  • Adjustable wire grippers
  • Easy to load with labels and ribbon
  • Automatically keeps track of application cycles
  • Foot pedal, touch screen, and 24V wrap initiation options
  • Electric universal power supply
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

How To Terminate Cat5e/Cat6 Kwik Jacks Using the Kwik Tool

The Kwik Jacks and Kwik Tool are the newest addition of keystone jacks to the lineup. We first introduced them back in January of this year and have had nothing but great feedback for the Kwik Jacks. Today, Im going to show you step-by-step How To Terminate the Cat5e/Cat6 Kwik Jacks. I'll include photos and a video to help you along the way. Let's get started.
Blog Updated 6-15-11: New Kwik Tool design

What You Need:

Electricans Scissors


Now that we have the right tools, lets punch down some keystone jacks

First, strip back the jacket about 1-2". The Cat6 cable (bottom) is larger than the Cat5e cable because it has a center spline, which separates all 4 pairs of wires. This center spline helps reduce Alien Cross-talk.

Cut off the ripcord

Cut off the separator if you're using Cat6 cable

Now were ready to lace up the wires on your keystone jack. One the the nicest features of these jacks is the pointed 110s. This makes it much easier to lay the wires in, compared to the flat style some other keystone jacks have. Here's a close up view. You can also see it clearly shows the 568B and 568A color code on every jack.

Follow the color code on the side of the jacks. We suggest using 568B since it is the most common. Here is a picture of the 568B color code.

You can use your fingernail to seat the wires, or a utility knife. Make sure not to use the sharp side though, or you could cut through the wire jacket. Once all 4 pairs are laid down in the jack, it should look like this.

Make sure the jacket on your cable is as close to the keystone jack as possible. You don't want anymore than 1/2" of the wires exposed. Below is a picture of the WRONG WAY to do it.

Once the 4 pairs of wires are laced onto your Kwik Jack, slide the jack into the Kwik Tool
Updated 6-15-11: New Kwik Tool design
Here is what the Kwik Jack looks like inserted into the Kwik Tool

Once you have the Kwik Jack in the tool, simply squeeze down on the handle and release. This will punch down and cut all 4 pairs of wires. Remove the Kwik Jack from the tool. Here is a completed Cat5e/Cat6 Kwik Jack
Tip: You can also use a 110 punch tool to terminate the Kwik Jacks

Now, snap on the included dust cover and you're done.

Now let's watch Mercy demonstrate this process on video:

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Time Lapse Video of Vertex Communications Drilling Through Concrete

Here is a cool video sent to us by a customer, Vertex Communications. In this video they demonstrate the process of drilling a hole through concrete in the library for the City of El Segundo. Enjoy

Thanks for the video guys!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

How To Punch Down Cat5e/Cat6 Keystone Jacks

How to punch down a Cat5e/Cat6 keystone jack, step-by-step instructions. I took a bunch of pictures along the way to better explain the process, and to let you see just what it should look like. If you want to see the process of punching down a Cat5e or Cat6 jack on video, scroll to the bottom of this post. To get started, let's take a look at what tools you will need:

Electricians Scissors (regular household scissors will work also)

Wire Stripper (you can use electricians scissors if you don't have any wire strippers)



Now that we have all the tools, let's punch down some keystone jacks.

First, strip off at least 1 inch of jacket on your Cat5e/Cat6 cable. Make sure not to cut into the wires. If you do, you'll need to start over. This picture shows what the two cables look like side by side. The Cat6 cable is larger (bottom) due to the separator between the pairs.

Cut off the ripcord

If you using Cat6 cable, it should have a separator. Cut that off as well. Simply pull the 4 pairs of wire back and cut it off

Now were ready to lace up the wires on the keystone jack. This style of jack is very user friendly and great for beginners or professional installers. You can see 110s are in a single row and that they are pointed, making it easier to lace the wires down

Let's go ahead and wire these keystone jacks following the 568b Wiring Diagram

You can see the keystone jack has the color code for 568A and 568B on the jack. They are very similar, but 568B is most commonly used nowadays.

Once all the wires are laid down, your keystone jack should look like this. Notice how I left the pairs of wire twisted. I was able to do this because of the pointed ridges on the jack, making it much easier to set the wires in. Many other styles of jacks out there have a flat surface, requiring you to untwist all 4 pairs of wire down to the jacket. Also notice how the jacket of the cable is right up against the keystone jack. You don't want any more than 1/2" of the wires exposed.

Once you have the wires laced in correctly, set your keystone jack in a jack palm tool. If you don't have one of these available, you can punch the jack down on the ground or a desk, but I suggest putting a piece of cardboard down to prevent the jack from slipping out when you punch them down. I would strongly suggest AGAINST using your hand to punch down jacks without the use of this tool. The jack can slip out and the tool will cut right through your hand. Not a pretty site

Now, take your punch tool and find the side that says "CUT". You want to make sure the tool faces the correct way, or you'll cut the wrong side of the wires off. This is how your tool should look when punching down the jack. Notice the pointy tip on the left side of the 110s

 A close up view of the 110 blade shows this better

Once the punch down tool is positioned correctly, push down firmly until you feel it pop. You should see the wire cut off. If it doesn't, you may need to do it once more. Here you can see I terminated the brown pair

Repeat with the other 3 pairs of wires and you have a completed keystone jack. It will look like this. Note how the jacket is very close to the jack. You want to make sure you keep it as close as possible.

Here is a picture or the WRONG way. The cable jacket is stripped too far back, exposing more than 1/2" of the wires

Lastly, press the clear dust cover on your jack and your DONE

Now let's watch it on video

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