CAT6A: Shielded or Unshielded?

The recommended copper cable for 10Gbe applications is CAT6A. However, there are 2 types of CAT6A cables: UTP and STP. Which one should you use? UTP means Unshielded Twisted Pair and there is no shielding. STP means Shielded Twisted Pair. There can be any type of shielding that helps against ANEXT (Alien Near End Cross [...]

April 4, 2017|Connectivity|

How to Choose the Right Fiber Enclosure/Patch Panel System

Things to consider when choosing the right fiber enclosure/patch panel system: Consider the design of the rack elevation and layout. How many U spaces are available for the fiber enclosure system within the rack? And, will there be either horizontal or vertical cable management? Will your cabinet’s depth allow for angled patch panels? Determine the [...]

December 29, 2016|Connectivity|

Pre-Terminated Copper Solution vs. Field Terminated Solution

Customers often ask us for a cost comparison between pre-terminated copper solutions compared to field terminated. There are many objective variables such as quantity of ports and distance, as well intangible ones such as ease, flexibility, and time. Based on our experience, here is a quick summary of the pros and cons. To discuss specifics [...]

December 27, 2016|Connectivity|

To Single Mode or Multimode? That is the Question.

What is the difference between Single Mode Fiber (SMF) or Multimode Fiber (MMF) exactly? From a physical standpoint, MMF has a bigger core compared to SMF which allows for a longer wavelength of light. MMF typically uses Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) to launch the optical signal. SMF’s core diameter is much smaller than MMF.  Also, SMF uses [...]

October 26, 2016|Connectivity|

The Case for Cellular Out-of-Band Solutions

Out-of-Band access provides the crucial access to your IT assets in an event that your traditional means of access are not available via a management network. Traditionally, Out-of-Band access is done by using analog lines and analog modems, via a console server where assets are connected. However, as technology evolves, the traditional Out-of-Band access method [...]

September 27, 2016|Connectivity, Console Servers|

7,500 Copper and Fiber Connections in 20 Days

In a span of 21 days, Mirapath deployed 7,500 copper and fiber connections for a leading eCommerce company. Background and Challenge One of the largest eCommerce companies in the world was building up its colocation site under tight deadlines. The original goal was to have 150 racks deployed along with 300 power strips and 7,500 fiber [...]

September 21, 2015|Connectivity, Low Voltage Structured Cabling, Power Strips|