Network Communications News (NCN) August 2016 - Page 28

ADVERTISEMENT Black Box Left: Standard 24-AWG Cable Right: Slim-Net™ 28-AWG Cable Save space, improve airflow, and optimise cable handling with Slim-Net™ 28-AWG Cable Black Box recently introduced Slim-Net, the company’s 28-AWG CAT6 and CAT6A UTP cables to answer a need for better patching in crowded cabinets and racks. Over the past few years, 28-AWG cable has been gaining fans and is becoming a popular choice, especially for high-density data centres and telecom rooms. In this article, we’ll examine the advantages of using Slim-Net 28-AWG cable as well as some usage considerations. What is 28-AWG cable? It’s a patch cable made with thinner, 28-AWG stranded copper conductors as opposed to traditional patch cables made with thicker 23-, 24- or 26-AWG conductors. Black Box Slim-Net 28-AWG cable is constructed with top-quality, stranded copper conductors. The plug is custom designed to ensure a snug fit on the RJ-45 gold-blade contacts and to guarantee top performance. Here are some of the advantages of using Slim-Net 28-AWG cable: • Advantage 1: Space savings With a diameter of only 4.1 mm, Slim-Net 28AWG cable is almost half the size of a typical 24-AWG cable at 5.9 mm. This gives you a lot of extra space in cable managers and in pathways. The difference can be dramatic, as shown in this photo of a bundle of 28-AWG cable Black Box Advertorial.indd 28 compared to a bundle of 24-AWG cable. When you calculate the physical cable area in bundles and in patching connections, you’ll actually save more than 50% space when compared to traditional cables. This can make a significant difference in congested telecom rooms and data centres. • Advantage 2: Improved airflow Cooling is a hot issue in today’s data centres, especially in crowded racks and cabinets. Slim-Net 28-AWG cables actually help cooling because they are so much thinner than traditional 24-AWG cables. The result is that they take up less space in front of patch panels and hot network equipment, such as switches. The extra space between cables results in improved airflow and cooling for the equipment. • Advantage 3: Easier handling There’s more space between patched Slim-Net 28-AWG cables, so the cable is much easier to handle. Compared to 24-AWG cables, which 02/08/2016 15:48