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TRIAX: 8 + 12 WAY TDSCR MULTISWITCHES CERTIFIED TO EICS SCHEME

8 + 12 way TdSCR Multiswitches certified to EICS scheme

We’re delighted to announce our 8 and 12 output TdSCR Multiswitches have been certified by the European IRS Certification Scheme (EICS), DTG Testing and CAI’s newly launched European-wide assurance scheme for TV and Satellite distribution equipment.

The certification is a testament to TRIAX’s values of quality and reliability.  The CAI (Confederation of Aerial Industries) said the EICS certification demonstrates “the high quality of the TRIAX solution and compatibility with all major satellite and TV platforms”, enabling end-users such as installers, specifiers, housing associations and platform operators to select products with confidence when they see the EICS mark.

Benefits of EICS Certification

The European IRS Certification Scheme (EICS) is the first scheme of its kind and will provide reassurance of end-to-end device compatibility, interoperability and robust RF performance within satellite and DTT distribution systems.

The scheme has been developed through an industry collaboration of satellite and DTT platforms, major equipment manufacturers, and led by industry associations DTG and CAI. It consists of a test specification underpinned by international standards and a consumer-facing logo.

Supported by the leading retailers, the logo will ensure a high quality of experience for the end customer. End-users, such as installers, specifiers, housing associations and platform operators can use the logo to recognise equipment that is compatible with all major satellite and TV services; and therefore interoperable with other EICS equipment.

Alex Buchan, Strategic Technologist at the Digital Television Group (DTG), said “DTG Testing is delighted that a major manufacturer such as TRIAX has joined this scheme. The continued uptake of the scheme is great news for TV platforms, manufacturers of satellite and TV distribution equipment, and installers who can select products with confidence when they see the EICS mark.”

Peter Sealey, Chairman of CAI, said “CAI are pleased to have worked with DTG Testing to develop this new Product Certification Scheme, which follows on from the success of CAI’s existing Cable and Aerial Certification Schemes. This new scheme will enable our members, as well as other parts of the industry, to select the best products for their installations. The EICS mark will also enable developers, landlords and the specifiers working for them, to ensure they get systems that work as intended, when combined with CAI Codes of Practice and installation by our members.”

For full product details and specs, please click the following link to learn more – tdigroup.co.uk/dscr-multiswitches/

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What is Mesh WiFi? A Guide to Whole Home Mesh WiFi in 2020

Learn everything you know about a mesh WiFi network

For many years mesh WiFi was used exclusively in areas such as businesses or military bases where secure networks were critical. Recently mesh WiFi entered the consumer market, providing consumers access to a secure high speed and long range WiFi network.

In this post, we’ll be explaining what mesh WiFi is, who it’s for, and some great options to get you started to answer the following questions:

  • What is Mesh WiFi?
  • Who needs Mesh WiFi?
  • What are the Benefits of Mesh WiFi?
  • How does Mesh WiFi Work?
  • What’s the difference between Mesh WiFi and a Range Extender?
  • Mesh WiFi Features
  • Conclusion
  • Common Questions regarding Mesh WiFi
  • Deco Mesh WiFi vs Google WiFi
  • Deco Mesh WiFi Home Security

What is Mesh WiFi?

Mesh WiFi is a whole home WiFi system built to eliminate dead zones and to provide uninterrupted WiFi throughout your home.

Mesh systems enables devices in your network to have faster speeds, greater coverage, and a more reliable connection. While traditional routers broadcast WiFi from a single point, mesh WiFi systems have multiple access points.

When one unit links to the modem, that unit becomes the main hub. The other units (called “nodes”) will capture and rebroadcast the router’s signal. The result is an efficient wireless network that provides a strong signal no matter where you are.

 

Who needs Mesh WiFi?

Mesh WiFi is built for people who live in homes with weak or incomplete WiFi coverage as well as people who want an uncomplicated easy to set up WiFi System.

Because traditional routers have a limited range; they are often unable to fully cover multi story or large homes. If you live in a home that’s 3,000 sq. ft., has two stories or more, interior brick walls, or an unusual layout, then you would benefit from a mesh WiFi router.

Mesh WiFi also represents a great option for people who are interested in a powerful WiFi system but don’t want to deal with the complicated setup and configuration that most regular routers come with.

Since mesh operates on a single network, mesh WiFi is also a great option for people who own range extenders and don’t want to switch between networks as they move upstairs or downstairs.

 

What are the Benefits of Mesh WiFi?

Traditional routers come with a limited range. While adding a range extender can help with this issue, range extenders sacrifice speed for connectivity. Mesh WiFi gives you the best of both worlds – so you can experience both powerful speeds and long-range connectivity.

One Network for Your Entire Home

With a Mesh WiFi router, you can skip signing into a new network every time you go upstairs and stay connected to a single sturdy network no matter where you are. Mesh technology is smart and intuitive, letting you stay online even if one of your mesh nodes fails.

Stable Long Range Connectivity

With a mesh router, you can get a powerful and stable connection no matter where you are in your home. Because each mesh node piggybacks off the other nodes signal, you can get powerful WiFi whether you’re at the top of the stairs or the bottom of the basement.

Easy Setup and Management

Most mesh routers on the market today come with easy network setup and management, allowing you to toggle network settings, check speeds, and enact parental controls.

Control Your Smart Home

Some mesh routers like the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus are so advanced that they function as a WiFi router and a smart hub, connecting your Zigbee, Bluetooth and WiFi devices and enabling you to manage all your smart devices through the Deco app.

 

How does Mesh WiFi Work?

Mesh WiFi works by using two or more mesh WiFi devices or “nodes” to create a mesh WiFi network.

One node is connected to an internet modem, while the rest can be placed throughout your home to create a powerful wireless network. Unlike traditional routers, these nodes are all part of the same network and share the same SSID and password. This makes setting and scaling up your mesh network as easy as adding another node.

These nodes are important in efficiently delivering WiFi, as each node serves as a “daisy chain” for other nodes in the system. Even nodes that are furthest from the router can still deliver a strong signal. Nodes communicate with one another in order to determine the fastest band for your devices, and to reroute traffic in the event that one node fails.

What’s the difference between Mesh WiFi and a Range Extender?

While mesh WiFi and Range extenders might appear to have the same functionality, there are some key differences.

Mesh WiFi devices comes with roaming protocols (to keep you on the same network) and mesh technologies such as self-healing and adaptive routing to keep your network stable.

Range extenders require you to sign on to a new network manually in order to maintain a strong connection once you’re far enough away from your router.

Most range extenders are set up under different networks; but with mesh networks there are no other networks to worry about. While each mesh node essentially functions as its own router, range extenders are merely duplicating the routers original signal.

Mesh WiFi is faster and more efficient at delivering a WiFi signal than a range extender.

Side note: While our Deco M3 (3-pack) uses mesh satellites that look similar to range extenders, the two are not interchangeable. These mesh satellite units use similar technology and logic to create a powerful mesh WiFi system that range extenders cannot.

 

Mesh WiFi Features

One Name. One Password

Mesh WiFi allows you to sign into your network with just one network name and one password to receive seamless WiFi throughout your home.

 

 

Seamless Roaming

Seamless roaming allows you to stay connected to your network no matter where you go in your home. Switching from one mesh node to another is so smooth that it’s unnoticeable even when you’re streaming.

 

 

 

Adaptive Routing

Mesh WiFi routers use adaptive routing to automatically choose the best configuration and band for your data, so that you’re always getting the fastest possible speeds.

 

 

Self-Healing

In the event that one of your mesh WiFi nodes goes down, your Mesh WiFi network will automatically reroute data to make sure you stay online.

 

 

Conclusion

Since its launch, mesh WiFi has grown quickly and been enthusiastically embraced by the general population for its convenience, ease of use, and easy set up. You can click the TP-Link Mesh product list to see all Deco mesh routers.

Common Questions regarding Mesh WiFi

Do I have to purchase a new router to get mesh WiFi?

No you don’t! You can upgrade your existing compatible TP-Link router to OneMesh via a free firmware update, and pair with a compatible mesh extender or powerline extender to receive mesh WiFi.

Will Mesh WiFi work if I have brick, stucco, or concrete walls in my house?

Yes! Mesh WiFi systems will work in houses with these conditions. However, most routers (including mesh WiFi) may experience some drop in connectivity due to environmental factors.
If you have overly thick walls, you might be better served by getting a powerline extender.

Does mesh WiFi work with my older devices?

Yes it does!

 

Deco Mesh WiFi vs Google WiFi

With over two decades in global networking, we know what it takes to make great WiFi. Which is why it’s no surprise that Deco outperforms Google WiFi in both wireless range and speed.***

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Deco Mesh WiFi Home Security

Hardware Security

Deco only gets better and more secure with automatic firmware updates, and its firewall only allows approved packets onto your devices.

Advanced Encryption

Deco automatically encrypts every wireless connection using WPA2-PSK, whether it’s between each Deco unit or between Deco units and your WiFi devices.

Real-Time Antivirus

Deco automatically protects every device from viruses, malware, ransomware. That includes devices that don’t normally have protection, like WiFi cameras and smart locks.

Content Filtering

Create profiles and filter content using preset or customized lists while Deco automatically blocks malicious websites using a continuously updated database.

 

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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

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How To Identify, Verify, and Test an RJ45 Pinout

Ethernet cables, the 8-pin variety which are terminated by an RJ45-style connector, can come in just enough varieties to spread confusion. There are four basic types:

  • Rollover type which only looks like an Ethernet cable, but can be useful with Cisco equipment consoles. Usually light blue, sometimes with a 9-pin RS-232 connector on one end.
  • Straight through type, connecting to networking equipment such as routers, hubs, and switches, which is the predominant cable type now.
  • Crossover type which was necessary to connect computer to computer without any intervening network equipment. Becoming unnecessary.
  • A fourth type, which has to be mentioned — home made cables with nonstandard pinouts, often non-Ethernet. Hopefully, someone labeled them and identified their use.

Sorting Spares

The first place where you’ll have to figure out which cable is which is when you’re retrieving spare premade cables from your extras box. You should only save known good cables, but you can use a basic cable tester with remote to check out continuity and wiring. The Platinum Tools Lanseeker does an excellent job at this.

Common Cable Arrangements — TIA-568A/B

Look at the RJ45 connector on a cable, holding the flat underside toward you. On the left is pin 1. For Ethernet use, the straight through configuration is what you’re likely to see, in TIA-568B arrangement:

  1. Orange stripe
  2. Orange
  3. Green stripe
  4. Blue
  5. Blue stripe
  6. Green
  7. Brown stripe
  8. Brown

For the less common TIA-568A arrangement, pins one and two are Green stripe and Green, and 3 and 6 are Orange stripe and Orange. The connections are the same, but the colors are swapped. You can identify them that way, and suspect which one you have just by the pin 1 color.

Standard, Crossover, and Rollover

Computer equipment sends data using pins 1 and 2, and receives using 3 and 6. This is part of a convention which is used when these connectors and cables are used for Ethernet. For shorthand, you can call this MDI, or the Medium-Dependent Interface.

In the past, computer-to-computer “crossover” cables were needed when bypassing network equipment. As a variation, they were called MDI-X, for Medium-Dependent Interface Crossover. Network interfaces have advanced enough to detect cabling and switch pin usage as needed, so crossover cables are rarely used.

Crossovers not only exchange pins 1 and 3, 2 and 6 to exchange data and transmit, but also 4 and 5 cross and connect to 7 and 8, exchanging blue and brown pairs. Testers such as the Platinum Tools VDV MapMaster 3.0 can check all of the exchanges in a crossover cable quickly and simply, and identify common wiring problems in the cable such as miswires and split pairs. Of course, it can’t detect wrong wire colors!

For completeness, the rollover cable reverses every pin: 1 to 8, 2 to 7, etc., as if the wires were part of a ribbon cable which was reversed. If you have Cisco networking equipment nearby, you may have a few console cables in your cable box which are wired this way — beware!

Verification and Testing

Testing devices such as the Platinum Tools VDV MapMaster 3.0 can verify cable wiring, check for shorts and opens, and verify more exotic cable configurations such as mixed data and video. They can also map cabling using the remote module.

Cable Tester Comparison Chart

Links to Product Information:

Lanseeker 

MapMaster 3.0

Net Prowler 

 

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CYP 6×8 HDBaseT Matrix Units – Now Shipping

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We’re excited to announce that the long awaited CYP 6×8 HDBaseT Matrices are in stock and available for immediate shipping. CYP’s latest offering comprises of a Full HDBaseT Matrix capable of delivering 4K Video, HD Audio, PoH (Power over HDBaseT), LAN, and OAR (Optical Audio Return) up to 100m via CAT6 cable, whilst their PUV-662PL-4K22 HDBaseT LITE version delivers the same functionality (excluding LAN), but via a maximum of 60m of CAT6 cabling.

With on-board Audio matrix functions, including audio de-embedding for each HDBaseT zone, and routing of audio from any source to any output, these new CYP matrices offer the installer incredible flexibility when integrating into a multi-room installation.

Control is via manual selection buttons, IR, RS-232, Telnet or Web GUI. CYP provide FREE control drivers for all the major control systems.

To learn more and check the full matrix specifications, click HERE to be directed to the product information on our website.

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HOT OFF THE PRESS!! – Our NEW 2017/2018 Catalogue is Available Now

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We are very proud to announce the arrival of our NEW 2017/2018 Catalogue. The presses have been running furiously on the weeks running up to the annual ISE Show pilgrimage to Amsterdam and it’s now here ready for dispatch direct to your door!

This years’ catalogue brings a wealth of new solutions sourced using feedback from all of our valued customers, enabling us to focus our product offering specifically for your installation projects. We are excited to share the latest and greatest custom AV products with you.

New additions include an expanded range of 19″ Rack Solutions including a new Acoustic Rack Cabinet range, along with new Wall Mounted Rack Cabinets and Custom Shelves for Apple TV, Sonos, and SKY Q.

Our range of Triax solutions has also been expanded to include new Quad and Octo LNB’s, Multiswitches, and new additions to the range of Triax CCTV Equipment.

As demand for the latest 4K UHD video resolutions continue, we understand the importance of ensuring that the technology must be capable of delivering the highest level of performance whilst being robust enough to meet the demands of modern multi-room environments. CYP is a brand that have been at the forefront of this technology and have further expanded their product range with a selection of new Video Matrices, Audio Breakout devices, Scalers, Switchers, and Extenders.

One last highlight to mention is a completely new range of Fibre Optic solutions which incorporates bulk cable from Tru Cables, Fibre Patch Leads, Patch Panels, Breakout Boxes, Fast Fibre Terminations, and a full compliment of tools and cleaning products.

If you would like us to send you a hard copy of our NEW Catalogue, please email your contact information and company details to info@tdigroup.co.uk or call us on 01256 397 770, and we will send one to you without delay!

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CYP 4K HDBaseT LITE Matrix Kits in stock – Order today for next day shipping

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The NEW PUV-44XPL-4K22-KIT HDBaseT Matrix Kits from CYP are in stock and shipping for next day delivery. This matrix kit comprises four HDMI inputs to four HDBaseT Lite (60m) outputs, plus two independent HDMI outputs, and is supplied with four PUV-1210PL-RX Receivers.
With 4K, HDMI2.0, HDCP2.2 and HDR compatibility, this matrix kit provides installers with everything required to create a stunning 4K six zone multi-room system.

In addition, the PUV-44XPL-4K22-KIT enables audio signal management via the on-board audio matrix which allows users to de-embed audio from any source any HDBaseT zone.

Click HERE for product information or to order online, or call our friendly sales team on 01256 397 770 for further advice.

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NEW Bluetooth In-Line Wireless Audio Receiver from Switchcraft

 

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The 318BT is a small, in-line wireless audio receiver that utilises Bluetooth 4.0 technology to stream audio from any Bluetooth enabled device. This AudioStix is phantom powered or via micro USB and features Switchcraft’s Balanced XLR Connector. This plug and play device is ideal for presentations, music rehearsals, Houses of Worship, providing XLR mixer consoles with Bluetooth connectivity.

Click HERE to learn more.