Fluke networks has fired another volley in the “zip ties vs. velcro” for cables front. While this article does not address velcro vs Zip ties directly, it does bring up some points about using zip ties.
The new ANSI/TIA-568.2-D cabling standard which now allows for the use of 28 AWG patch cords. What does this mean and how does it affect you? Read this article from Fluke networks.
Number one takeaway.
-Recommended length no more than 15 meters. This means it is great for dense racks and patch panels.
As the number of WISP LTE deployments increase, there are many things WISPs will need to be mindful of. One such item is properly supporting antenna cables. LTE systems are more sensitive to cable issues. In a previous blog post, I talked about pim and low-pim cables. One of the things that can cause low pim is improperly mated cables. If cables are not supported they can become loose over time. Vibration from equipment or even the wind can loosen connections.
How do we support cables?
We can take a cue from the cellular industry. The following are some examples of proper cable support. Thanks to Joshua Powell for these pics.
Where can you get these?
A good place to start are sites like sitepro1 or Tessco has a selection.
So the next time you are planning your LTE deployment think about cable support.