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TDI AV SURGERY – 5th December 2019

 

10am till 4pm – Thursday 5th December 2019

at

TDI Group, West Farm, Popham, Nr. Winchester, SO21 3BH

With so many new developments within the AV industry over the past few years, it can be difficult to keep on top of the latest technologies and stay at the forefront of knowledge to deliver the highest possible quality Audio and Video signals for your installation projects.  Technologies such as HDBaseT, Video over IP, SDVoE, and AVLC bring lots of flexibility when designing systems, but how do you choose the best technology for your application?

 

Our team has decades of industry knowledge and experience which you have access to, so don’t let any strange technical queries bog you down. We’ve put together our first AV Surgery which is designed for installers to pop in and see us on an ad hoc basis throughout the day so you can bring us your AV ailments for expert advice.

 

Do you have a burning technical question that you’ve received mixed opinions on? Is there a recurring symptom that you see on site but just can’t find the root cause? Are you considering working with a new technology and you’d like some guidance on where to start? Looking to invest in Test or Monitoring kit and want to understand how to get best use from such devices? Would you like to enhance your troubleshooting capabilities? Talk to us about ‘good practice’ tips and tricks to minimise potential issues before they arise, and keep your project workflow running smoothly.   Whether it is a burning question that you’ve had for ages or a quirky on-site issue that has caused everyone to scratch their heads for a solution, our expert team is on hand to help.

 

We have drafted in our long-term industry friend Kev Cray, CYP’s Technical Director. Kev has been a driving force at CYP Europe since the companies’ inception and is shining a light on CYP’s adoption of all the very latest technologies for both residential and commercial hardware solutions. Kev’s wealth of knowledge and experience is almost unsurpassed in the industry and his friendly animated style of passing on this knowledge has been well received from installers throughout Europe.  Our own Gareth Rolls, TDI Sales and Technical Support specialist will also be on hand to discuss your questions too. Gareth is our in-house HDBaseT Authorised Trainer, and has over a decade of experience in the AV World, formerly working as CYP’s Product Manager for a number of years, and is now providing advice and support to all TDI customers.

 

There will also be expert advice on Rack Building, Aerial & Satellite, Mains Cables, Loudspeakers, Cable Terminations, CCTV, and Network Switches from our friendly Sales Team.

 

We’d love to engage with you to offer advice and support on almost any AV topic that you have questions on and so we hope to see you on 5th December for our AV Surgery.

Feel free to contact us in advance of our AV Surgery if you wish to discuss any specific topics on the day and would like to give us advanced information that you feel may help us address any installation challenges you’re facing.

Call us on 01256 397770

or email:

info@tdigroup.co.uk

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Visit us @ EI Live!

April 30th – May 1st, Farnborough Exhibition Centre

Marking its ninth year in the market, EI Live! 2019 is returning with an expanded format covering three related and inter-connected sectors giving exhibitors and visitors a unique opportunity to explore existing relationships fully, but also create brand new ones. 


EI Live! 2019 will cover home automation, entertainment, and AV systems, but also encompass commercial building automation and AV as well as smart products from the world of electrical contracting. 

This year you will find our friendly Sales Team supporting two of our key partners, Penn Elcom (Stand #132) and CYP (Stand #75) on their booths, so we encourage you to swing by and check out the latest solutions on offer. 

We will be based primarily on the Penn Elcom stand where we shall be showcasing products from a selection of other brands, such as CCTV from IC Realtime, Structured Cable from Samson, and a variety Platinum Tools solutions to help installers reliably terminate cables efficiently.

2019 OPENING HOURS: 

TUESDAY APRIL 30:    09:30AM TO 5:00PM
WEDNESDAY MAY 1:   09:30AM TO 4:00PM

Click HERE to register online.

Click HERE for travel information.

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Our CI13 Catalogue & Trade Price List is coming soon!

Due to be hot off the press in time for the EI Live! Show at Farnborough Exhibition Centre on 30th April, the anticipation for our latest and greatest Custom Install Catalogue and Trade Price List is growing fast.

TDI CI13
Custom Install Catalogue & Trade Price List

This years’ Catalogue is a bumper 220 pages of AV Custom Install solutions from the top brands in the industry. We have a new range of IP CCTV solutions from IC Realtime, a full range of fiber cables, terminations, and patch panels, a new selection of CAT6 and CAT6A patch cables, and new DIN rail cabinets and modules for control automation. In addition, there’s the latest range of Zyxel Network Switches, and new Sonos speaker mounts from SANUS, to name just a few.

If you would like to receive your Free copy of our CI13 Catalogue & Trade Price List, please click the link below and submit your postal details, and we will send one to you hot off the press!

Click HERE to request your copy.

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Sign up today for our CYP Video Over IP Training Academy!

 

We’re very pleased to announce our latest installment of CYP’s Training Academy, which focusses on Video over IP Technology.

The course is a FREE, 1-Day training course aimed at AV installers and integrators to provide a comprehensive understanding of Video over IP Technology, including insight into speciftying projects, liasing with clients’ IT professionals, the installation process, troubleshooting, and how to acheive the best results when integrating this technology.

The course comprises a balance of structured presentations, interactive demonstrations with planty of hands-on experience, plus a Q&A to ensure you have everything you need to know about Video-over-IP.

Delegate Achievements:

  • Understand the framework of networking using the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model.
  • Understand the basic concept of Ethernet to transmit 4K video signals.
  • Understand the complex interactions that happen in an Ethernet installation.
  • Understand what IP is, its importance and where it fits into a system framework.
  • Ability to practically troubleshoot IP issues as they arise in the field.
  • Understand Multicast technology and its counterpart layer-three protocol IGMP (Internet Group Management Protocol).
  • Ability to identify strengths and weaknesses of Video-over-IP distribution, such as point-to-point and one-to-many video distribution applications.

Certification

This academy qualifies all attendees for both AVIXA RU and CEDIA CEU renewal points. By attending this 1-day academy delegates will qualify for a total of 3 CTS, 3 CTS-D, 3 CTS-I AVIXA RU points, plus 3 CEDIA CEU points.

Delegates will be provided a free lunch, refreshments throughout the day, and exclusive discounts and special offers on the latest CYP AV distribution products.

If you want to know more about video distribution over IP and how to achieve the very best signal quality levels, this is an essential course for any installer.

Cost:
Our CYP Training Academies are FREE OF CHARGE. We only ask that you commit to attending once you have signed up!

Date:
Thursday 21st March 2019

Time:
The training course begins at 10:00am and run until around 15.30pm.

Location:
TDI Tremiver Ltd, West Farm, Popham, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 3BH. (Click HERE to see us on Google Maps)

Contact:
To secure your place on our FREE CYP Training Course, please email your request using the link below or, alternatively, give us a call on 01256 397 770 to register.

Our close relationships with manufacturers enables us to offer bespoke training sessions. Give us a call to discuss your training requirements for course content, presentation style (classroom or hands on workshop), and location. We can tailor training to suit your needs.

If you would like to book on this Training Course, please click the following link – BOOK NOW

 

 

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IC Realtime CCTV Training Course

 

We’re delighted to announce that we will be hosting a CCTV Training Day on Thursday 28th February, which will be delivered by Chris Valentino of IC Realtime.

Since the introduction of the IC Realtime brand of CCTV products, the feedback from installers and integrator’s has been incredible. The latest range of IP based CCTV cameras gives installers an excellent proposition for their clients, providing superb quality imagery including 4K video, via IP cameras and recorders.

BREEZE is our range of Plug and Play IP NVRs which incorporate internal PoE switches to make IP camera integration quick and easy. BREEZE technology removes IP address setup by automatically configuring IP cameras with unique IP addresses in less than two minutes from boot up.

The IC Realtime BREEZE Range of CCTV products include a comprehensive selection of IP camera options and recorders that can accommodate any CCTV environment and provide control and monitoring via the IC View App.

 

 

With over a decade in the industry, Chris will guide delegates through the process of specifying a system to install and commissioning, whilst answering any questions which may arise.

The training course will be an informal session aimed to introduce installers to the concept of CCTV over IP and give a comprehensive overview of these systems such that an installer who is new to the CCTV market, will be confident in specifying and installing the necessary equipment for their clients.

Course content includes: 

  • How to build a system
  • System design qualification
  • Installation of a system
  • GUI Walk-through in detail
  • Optimisation of cameras and recorder
  • Nuances of system design and warning signs to look out for
  • Setting clients expectations
  • IP Config
  • Recorder Features
  • Camera Features

Cost:
Our IC Realtime Training Course is FREE OF CHARGE. We only ask that you commit to attending once you have signed up!

Date:
Thursday 28th February 2019

Time:
The training course begins at 10:00am and run until around 15.30pm.

Location:
TDI Tremiver Ltd, West Farm, Popham, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 3BH. (Click HERE to see us on Google Maps)

Contact:
To secure your place on our FREE IC Realtime CCTV Training Course, please email your request using the link below or, alternatively, give us a call on 01256 397 770 to register.

Our close relationships with manufacturers enables us to offer bespoke training sessions. Give us a call to discuss your training requirements for course content, presentation style (classroom or hands on workshop), and location. We can tailor training to suit your needs.

If you would like to book on this IC Realtime CCTV Training Course, please click the following link – BOOK NOW

 

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System Design on Tap – Imagine having a team of highly skilled expert system designers available whenever you need them

Design as a service (daas) is a design outsourcing concept pioneered by designflow, focused on helping System Integrators and promoting design as the key to delivering better, smarter integration projects.

daas works as either a supplement to an in-house design team or as a replacement for one. In simple terms, integrators hand over all the information about a project and the daas team works to your deadline to deliver whichever elements of a project’s design are required, from proposal packages right through to handover packs and anything in between.

Designflow work with both small and large integrators in the UK, across Europe and the US. daas can help any integration company deliver the design requirements for their projects be they small, large or ginormous.

ABOUT DESIGNFLOW

Designflow was formed in October 2015 from a collaboration between Jones designs and Kelly Ashforth design. Designflow exists with the sole purpose of helping system integrators to be more professional, win more jobs and be more profitable through the use of proper system design and documentation.
We have helped many system integrators take their businesses on to the next level by providing them with impressive proposals, detailed design and documentation. We have also helped steer many of them around the pitfalls of being a system integrator using our vast experience within the smart building and home technology industries.
Check out the following links for samples of our work:

For more information or to discuss how Designflow can help with your forthcoming projects, please contact us using the details below:

Keith Jones – Designflow Partner

Designflow Ltd

No.73, 50 Argyll Road, London SE18 6PG. UK

+44 (0) 20 7175 7270

info@designflow.co

www.designflow.co

 

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CYP Video Over IP Training

At ISE 2018, CYP launched its latest range of video over IP devices, including the IP-7000RX/TX (HDMI or VGA over IP with USB support & PoE) extender kits and the IP-CS7 IP system controller.  These new products make it easy to add 4K UHD video transmission to an established IP network, ideal for where an existing network is in place and/or running additional Cat cable is not an option.  Although a very useful system, it does introduce IP networks into the mix, which require a higher level of education to make sure that the most is being made of the products.

Therefore, CYP is introducing a new IP Network training package, to give installers a better understanding of networks, of how to make them stable and how to integrate video over IP products successfully.

 The CYP Video over IP Installation training seminar is a one day course hosted at our Training Room here at the TDI offices, near Winchester. Matt Dodd, CYP Technical Trainer, has put together a hands-on course with lots of practical elements, ensuring that any delegate that attends will leave with the confidence of knowing the ins and outs of IP networks and the confidence to easily install and control video transmission products to achieve the highest-possible quality levels.

Initially, delegates will be taught the framework of networking.  Although Ethernet has been around for over 40 years, many of us are only really familiar with standard ‘plug-and-play’ home systems. Now we are relying on Ethernet to move 4K video signals, it’s vital we fully understand the basic concept. Using the OSI model (Open Systems Interconnection) as the networking framework, this course will help delegates understand more about the complex interactions that happen in an Ethernet installation.  We will then explain how the data packet moves from one network device to another, giving an in-depth understanding so that delegates can understand how video integrates into the network.

The course moves on to discussing what IP actually is, and where it fits into the framework.  Once a clear understanding of the OSI model is established, it’s much easier to identify the importance of IP, and how it works in relation to other protocols in the model. During this session, delegates will drill down into the IP address and identify how they can use this knowledge to successfully troubleshoot IP issues as they arise in the field.

Once delegates are educated on IP, the course moves on to explore Multicast Technology and its counterpart layer three protocol responsible for distributing video signals across a network – IGMP (Internet Group Management Protocol). In this section, delegates will gain more confidence in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of video over IP distribution, such as point-to-point (uni-cast) and one-to-many (multicast) video distribution applications.

With a clear understanding of the theory, the course will drill down into the practical side, giving a full understanding of how to configure a network switch for the perfect integration of CYP products into a system.  At this stage, the IP-7000RX/TX extender kit will be introduced and CYP will explain how relatively simple it is to integrate, set up and manage, particularly using the IP-CS7.  This powerful IP system controller and configurator is capable of managing multiple IP extenders across the same network, enabling unicast and multicast installation using its comprehensive WebGui.

Once completed, delegates on the course will have a comprehensive understanding of IP installations and how to achieve the best results when integrating video.  Crucially, they will have the essential knowledge of how to trouble-shoot an installation and the confidence required when discussing this new technology in project meetings with client IT departments.

If you want to know more about video distribution over IP and how to achieve the very best signal quality levels, this is an essential course for any installer.

Overview:

  • The ‘framework’ of networking – Using the OSI (Open System Interconnection) model as the framework we will explore how the data packet moves from one network device to another.
  • What actually is IP, and where does it fit into the framework? – In this section we will drill down into the IP address and identify how we can use this knowledge to successfully troubleshoot IP issues as they arise in the field.
  • What is multicasting? – In this section we will gain more confidence in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of video over IP distribution, giving us more confidence when discussing this new technology in project meetings with client IT departments.
  • Understanding the configuration requirements of network switches for use with CYP’s IP range – Once the concepts of IP is clear, we’ll go on to understand the required network switch settings for Video over IP.
  • CYP IP-7000 Transmitters and Receivers, the I/O Structure and the features – An overview of the physical inputs and outputs of the IP-7000 plus a review of their feature sets.
  • CYP IP-CS7 IP System Controller and Configurator – Learn how the IP-CS7 empowers the integrator to easily configure and control an IP system.
  • Let’s get physical – Using the knowledge gained for delivering content over IP Systems, we shall put together and configure a simple system.

Cost:
CYP Video over IP Training Course is FREE OF CHARGE. We only ask that you commit to attending once you have signed up!

Date:
Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Time:
CYP Training Courses begin at 09:30am and run until around 17:00pm.

Location:
TDI Tremiver Ltd, West Farm, Popham, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 3BH. (Click HERE to see us on Google Maps)

Contact:
To secure your place on our FREE CYP Training Academy, please email your request using the link below or, alternatively, give us a call on 01256 397 770 to register.

Our close relationships with manufacturers enables us to offer bespoke training sessions. Give us a call to discuss your training requirements for course content, presentation style (classroom or hands on workshop), and location. We can tailor training to suit your needs.

If you would like to book on this CYP Training Academy, please click the following link – BOOK NOW

To view the CYP IP-7000 Range of Video over IP Solutions, please click HERE.

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Zxyel Network Switch Training – 28th June 2018

Empower your Expertise for the Internet World

Networking environments today have become more dynamic. AV and IT professionals cannot rely on being just ‘good enough’. Individuals and organizations need to be equipped with the right knowledge and skills to overcome any and all situations to keep ahead of the technology curve.

Zyxel’s Training Course ensures that AV and IT professionals are constantly learning about the cutting-edge of networking technology, and will be well-equipped with in-depth knowledge and pertinent skill-sets to deploy, maintain and improve their network’s performance.

Introduction to Zyxel and the switch range

  • Learn about the different switch ranges that Zyxel have to offer from the unmanaged to the full Layer 3 range.
  • Zyxel’s range of switches offer different PoE power budgets so how can we make the most of the available power budget and make sure that switch provides the correct power to the correct device.
  • 10Gig options that Zyxel offer to support your higher network throughput including stacking and what does this mean for your network design.
  • Understand the fibre connections and the different modules that Zyxel offer to interconnect your switches.

Technical setup of the switches

From the very basic environment to the complex, the Zyxel product range can handle all these requirements. Introduction to Zyxel configuration and the features that might be useful in your environments.

  • Look at different network designs and the pro’s and con’s in these environments.
  • VLAN – what are they and how can we use them to isolate and segregate a network.
  • Link aggregation – What is it and why should I use it?
  • Spanning Tree – Providing resilience in your network.
  • IGMP – What is Multicast, and how do we control it on the network?
  • Look at the Zyxel GUI, and how easy these features are to configure for any installer.

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Hugh Simpson – Head of Channel Pre Sales, Zyxel
Hugh has been with Zyxel for over 12 years, having started as the UK support manager. He then moved to run the European Customer Support Organisation and then into Presales focusing on the UK channel business. By being with Zyxel for over 12 years, Hugh has seen a wealth of change and experience in the organisation, products and features.

 

Cost:
The Zyxel Training Course is FREE OF CHARGE. We only ask that you commit to attending once you have signed up!

Time:
The Zyxel Training Courses begin at 10am and run until around 2:30pm.

Location:
TDI Tremiver Ltd, West Farm, Popham, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 3BH. (Click HERE to see us on Google Maps)

Contact:
To secure your place on any of our FREE training academies, please email links above or, alternatively, give us a call on 01256 397 770 to register.

Our close relationships with manufacturers enables us to offer bespoke training sessions. Give us a call to discuss your training requirements for course content, presentation style (classroom or hands on workshop), and location. We can tailor training to suit your needs.

If you would like to book on Zyxel Training, please click the following link – BOOK NOW

To view our range of Zyxel Network Solutions, please click HERE.

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CAN A CAT6 CONNECTOR WORK ON A CAT5E CABLE?

If you’ve been running Ethernet cable or making patch cables for any length of time, you now have an assortment of RJ45 connectors and cable types representing the evolution of your network. You may be tempted to use what you have on hand to do your work, mixing and matching a bit. Visions haunt you of hunting through the cable jungle only to find that it was one of your cables that came loose, cable from connector, or even worse — looks just fine, but really isn’t making reliable contact. But is that just unnecessary worry?

It Just Might (Reliably) Work!

If you’re using Cat5e cable and all you have is newer Cat6 connectors, you may be all right. Generally, connectors may be backwards compatible with cable from older standards, but the reverse is not true — if you’re pulling Cat6 cable, time to update your Cat5e and older connector collection! There are some things to consider in proving that you’re using a workable combination of cable and connector, including a simple friction pull-test, cable and connector measurements, conductor fit and contact quality. There’s also the question of whether you’re already playing the odds with your cable quality.

Does It Hold Securely?

This is a simple test that determines whether the diameter of the cable is in the range which works with the Cat6 connector. This test ensures that the primary latch takes the strain of cable pull, rather than the conductors. Some Cat5e cables won’t be big enough for the latch to grab.

  1. Cut a 4 inch piece of cable
  2. Insert it into the connector
  3. Crimp the connector
  4. Tug and test the strain relief from the crimped cable

Do the Numbers Match?

Cat6 connectors are designed to accommodate much larger cable diameters than Cat5e, so most cables should fit — but check the numbers. For example, Cat6 EZ-RJ45 connectors from Platinum Tools use 0.275 inches as a maximum cable OD, which is plenty for a typical 0.205 diameter Cat5e cable. For these EZ-RJ45 connectors, individual insulated conductors must also be 0.041 inches or less to fit through the connector. Cat6 connectors are designed for 24 and 23 AWG conductor wire sizes, and less can be problematic. Most 24 AWG Cat5e cable should measure up, but depending on the source it sometimes it doesn’t, as mentioned below.

Will the Connections Work?

Conductor size determines whether the connection is going to be reliable or not. Although Cat6 solid conductor cables usually contain 23 AWG wire, Cat5e cables with 24 AWG conductors should seat and connect properly in the Cat6 connector. Conductors on the small side which worked for Cat5e may float or shift in the connector channels. This can cause problems ranging from an obvious open circuit to failure during certification. Ongoing issues from unreliable and incomplete surface contact may also occur.

Where Did You Get That Cable?

The volume of cable that installations use can tempt the use of questionable cable, often unknowingly. Purchasing can find a great price that appears to meet specs, but fails in the field. Cable such as “offshore deals” (some have other, more colorful names for it) can have marginal performance and quality. Marginal wire sizes, in particular, can produce intermittent or failed conductivity in Cat6 connectors, and PoE heat problems.

Once you do your homework, using those spools of Cat5e cable with new Cat6 connectors is a pretty safe way to keep moving forward with your network installations. Remember to check that the strain relief is from crimping the cable jacket, protecting the conductors, and that your conductors are seating securely in their channels for reliable connections at any speed, and in any rated conditions!

Check out the tutorial video below