A Hotel Chain Awards a Data Cabling Contract to an ICC Certified Elite Installer

ICC Success Stories

CA – An ICC Certified Elite Installer was awarded a data cabling contract from a hotel chain in South Lake Tahoe, California.

The project required a Category 6 (CAT 6) structured cabling system. Around 280 data drops and 50,000 feet of 500 MHz CAT 6 bulk cable with 23 AWG UTP solid wires and a CMR jacket were installed. The cabling system was connected from the telecom room (TR) to guest rooms and public spaces. In the TR, a 45 RMS 2-post distribution rack was equipped with 10-inch deep single-sided rack shelves and blank patch panels configured with high-density (HD) CAT 6 RJ45 keystone jacks. Classic single-gang faceplates with 1-port inserts were configured with HD CAT 6 jacks and installed at the outlets.

After the installation, the system’s permanent link was tested and passed the TIA® spec.

To become an ICC Certified Elite Installer or Elite Installer, please visit icc.com/elite.

A Charter School Awards a Data Cabling Contract to an ICC Elite Installer

ICC Success Stories

NV – An ICC Elite Installer was awarded a data cabling contract to install a Category 6 (CAT 6) structured cabling system into a charter school located in Nevada.

The project required an installation of 113 data drops, where the Elite Installer pulled 15,000 feet of 500Mhz CAT 6 bulk cable with 23 AWG UTP solid wires and a CMP jacket. 48-port CAT 6 patch panels and clear boot CAT 6 patch cords were installed at the cross-connect. Station ID faceplates configured with white CAT 6 keystone jacks were installed at the outlets.

After the installation, the system’s permanent link was tested to the TIA® spec and registered with ICC 15-Year Performance Warranty.

To become an ICC Elite Installer or Certified Elite Installer, please visit icc.com/elite.

A County Awards a Data Cabling Contract to an ICC Certified Elite Installer

ICC Success Stories

FL – An ICC Certified Elite Installer was awarded a data cabling contract for a regional park from a county in Florida. The park will include an aquatic center, community center, athletic fields, concession buildings, event lawn, playground, basketball courts, tennis and pickleball courts, walking paths, maintenance building, and other community amenities.

A portion of the project required a Category 6 (CAT 6) structured cabling system and installation of around 380 data and 19 video drops. The Certified Elite Installer pulled 29,000 feet of 500Mhz CAT 6 bulk cable with a CMP plenum-rated jacket. Blue, white, green, and yellow-colored jackets were used to help identify system applications.

The horizontal cross-connect consisted of nine 1 RMS 24-port CAT 6 patch panels.

Classic and station ID faceplates, as well as 1-port surface mount boxes, were installed at the outlets. The faceplates and boxes were equipped with a combination of EZ® style CAT 6 RJ45 keystone jacks and  3 GHz F-Type modular jacks with nickel-plated connectors.

After the installation, the system’s permanent link was tested and passed the TIA® spec.

To learn how to become an ICC Certified Elite Installer, please visit icc.com/elite.

A North Carolina High School Awards a Data Cabling Contract to an ICC Certified Elite Installer

ICC Success Stories

NC – An ICC Certified Elite Installer was awarded a data cabling contract to install three structured cabling systems in a high school; Category 6A (CAT 6A), Category 6 (CAT 6), and fiber optic.

The project required an installation of around 1700 data drops.

The CAT 6A and CAT 6 systems consisted of RJ45 keystone jacks and 110-type patch panels. The jacks were installed into 2-port single-gang faceplates with station ID and 2-port surface mount boxes at the outlets. The patch panels were installed on racks at the cross-connect.

The fiber optic system consisted of Classic LC-LC fiber optic LGX® compatible adapter panels with aqua multimode adapters and blue singlemode adapters. The adapter panels were loaded into fiber optic enclosures and mounted onto the racks.

Cable management was used to organize and route the cabling. 78-Inch double-sided vertical finger ducts were mounted on the sides and in between distribution racks. 2 RMS horizontal finger duct panels were mounted on the racks in the patching areas. 2-inch and 4-inch j-hooks were mounted along walls.

To learn how to become an ICC Certified Elite Installer, please visit icc.com/elite

A New Jersey Elementary School Awards a Data Cabling Contract to an ICC Elite Installer

ICC Success Stories

NJ – An ICC Elite Installer was awarded a data cabling contract to install a Category 6A (CAT 6A) and Category 6 (CAT 6) structured cabling system in an elementary school located in New Jersey.

The project required an installation of around 1600 data drops, where the Elite Installer pulled 30,000 feet of 650MHz CAT 6A bulk cable with 23 AWG UTP solid wires and CMR jacket and 30,000 feet of 500Mhz CAT 6 bulk cable with 23 AWG UTP solid wires and CMR jacket.

24-port high density (HD) blank patch panels were installed at the cross-connect. Single-gang junction boxes and 1-port surface mount boxes were installed at the outlets. The patch panels and outlets were configured with CAT 6A keystone connectors and CAT 6 keystone connectors according to the project’s requirements.

Eight hundred feet of cable raceway section in a 160-foot bulk pack helped route cable to the junction boxes.

After the installation, the system’s permanent link was tested and passed the TIA® spec.

To become an ICC Elite Installer or Certified Elite Installer, please visit icc.com/elite.

A Colorado Apartment Complex Awards a Data Cabling Contract to an ICC Elite Installer

ICC Success Stories

CO – An ICC Elite Installer in Colorado was awarded a data cabling contract for a twenty-five apartment building complex. The project was to upgrade an existing structured cabling system with Category 5e (CAT 5e).

The project required an installation of around 6600 data and 55 video drops. 2-port and 3-port classic single-gang faceplates were installed at the outlets. They were configured with RJ45 CAT 5e keystone connectors and 3 GHz f-type modular jacks with nickel-plated connectors in HD style. The horizontal cross-connect consisted of 24-port CAT 5e patch panels.

After the installation, the permanent link of the data cabling system was tested and passed the TIA® spec.

To become an ICC Elite Installer or Certified Elite Installer, please visit icc.com/elite.

Assisted Living Community Awards Two Data Cabling Contracts to an ICC Elite Installer

ICC Success Stories

IA – An ICC Elite Installer in Iowa was awarded data cabling contracts for an assisted living community.

The first project was to upgrade an existing network with 10 Gigabit Ethernet fiber optic and Category 6 (CAT 6) cabling systems. The second project required installing twenty-four 14-inch wiring enclosures with voice, data, and video connectivity.

For the first project, the Elite Installer pulled 30,000 feet of 500 MHz CAT 6 bulk cable with 23 AWG UTP solid wires and a CMR jacket. A classic fiber optic wall mount enclosure with four slots was loaded with classic LGX compatible 12-fiber LC-LC fiber optic adapter panels with blue singlemode adapters. 78-inch double-sided vertical finger ducts were mounted to the side of distribution racks. 3-inch deep finger duct panels in 2 RMS supporting cabling in the patching areas. The installer also used one hundred and sixty feet of cable raceway section in a 160-foot bulk pack to route cable.

Between both projects, the Elite Installer installed around 435 drops.  Each project consisted of RJ45 CAT 6 keystone connectors and voice keystone connectors in EZ style, LC fiber optic keystone couplers (OM3) with metal sleeves and duplex ports, 3 GHz f-type modular couplers with gold-plated connectors, and 48-port CAT 6 patch panels. Station ID faceplates and surface mount boxes were used for outlets.

After the installation, the permanent link of the data cabling system was tested and passed the TIA® spec.

To become an ICC Elite Installer or Certified Elite Installer, please visit icc.com/elite.

A Vermont School District Awards a 4500 Drop Data Cabling Contract to an ICC Elite Installer

ICC Success Stories

VT – An ICC Elite Installer was awarded a data cabling contract for a school district located in Winooski, VT. The project was to upgrade an existing structured cabling system with Category 6 (CAT 6).

The project required an installation of around 4500 CAT 6 drops, where the Elite Installer pulled 300,000 feet of 500 MHz CAT 6 bulk cable with 23 AWG UTP solid wires and a CMR jacket. The horizontal cross-connect consisted of 48-port high density (HD) blank patch panels configured with HD RJ45 CAT 6 keystone connectors in black. Station ID faceplates, telephone stainless steel faceplates, and surface mount boxes in one and two ports were installed at the outlets. They were configured with HD RJ45 CAT 6 keystone connectors in blue and blank inserts to fill unused ports.

After the installation, the system’s permanent link was tested and passed the TIA® spec.

To become an ICC Elite Installer or Certified Elite Installer, please visit icc.com/elite.

A Surgical Center Awards a Data Cabling Contract to an ICC Elite Installer

ICC Success Stories

MI – An ICC Elite Installer in Michigan was awarded a data cabling contract from a medical-surgical center. The project required a Category 6 (CAT 6) structured cabling system.

The project required an installation of around 750 CAT 6 drops, where the Elite Installer pulled 50,000 feet of 500 MHz CAT 6 bulk cable with 23 AWG UTP solid wires and a CMP jacket. The horizontal cross-connect consisted of 24-port and 48-port high density (HD) blank patch panels configured with HD RJ45 CAT 6 keystone connectors. CAT 6 patch cords in one, five, and ten-foot lengths with clear boots interconnected the patch panels to network equipment. Stainless steel faceplates were installed at the outlets and configured with RJ45 CAT 6 keystone connectors in EZ style.

In the equipment room, the cabling was supported by sixty feet of ladder rack cable runway. Three types of J-Hooks were used to route cables along walls and overhead; wall mount, ceiling mount, and batwing.

After the installation, the system’s permanent link was tested and passed the TIA® spec.

To become an ICC Elite Installer or Certified Elite Installer, please visit icc.com/elite.

A Hospice Care Facility Awards a Data Cabling Contract to an Elite Installer

ICC Success Stories

AZ – An ICC Elite Installer was awarded a data cabling contract from a hospice care and education facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The project required a Category 6 (CAT 6) structured cabling system.

The project required an installation of around 930 CAT 6 drops, where the Elite Installer pulled 87,000 feet of 500 MHz CAT 6 bulk cable with 23 AWG UTP solid wires and a CMP jacket. The horizontal cross-connect consisted of ten 48-port CAT 6 patch panels in 2 RMS. Cable management bars added support from the rear of the panels. At the outlets, faceplates and surface mount boxes were installed and configured with RJ45 CAT 6 keystone connectors.

The cabling system was supported with six seven-foot 2-post distribution racks, securely anchored to the floor with concrete rack mount kits. The racks were equipped with plastic interbay vertical ring panels with covers in 2 RMS. Vertical metal cable channels were mounted to the side of the racks. The cable was routed to the racks using a five-foot ladder rack cable runway. 4-inch and 2-inch ceiling mount J-Hooks were used to route cables between locations.

After the installation, the system’s permanent link was tested and passed the TIA® spec.

To become an ICC Elite Installer or Certified Elite Installer, please visit icc.com/elite.

A RV Resort and Lodge Awards a Data Cabling Contract to an ICC Elite Installer

ICC Success Stories

TN – An ICC Elite Installer located in Tennessee was awarded a data cabling contract for an RV resort and lodge. The project required a Category 6 (CAT 6) structured cabling system.

The project required an installation of around 4400 CAT 6 drops, where the Elite Installer pulled 50,000 feet of 500 MHz CAT 6 bulk cable with 23 AWG UTP solid wires and CMR jacket. The horizontal cross-connect consisted of fifty 24-port blank patch panels in 1 RMS configured with RJ45 CAT 6 keystone connectors in EZ style. At the outlets, surface mount boxes were installed and configured with CAT 6 connectors.

The cabling system was supported with 2-post distribution racks in 45 and 24 RMS, wall mount racks in 15 RMS, and wall mount utility racks in 5 RMS. 600 feet of cable raceway section in a 120-foot bulk pack and raceway fittings were used to route cable.

After the installation, the system’s permanent link was tested and passed the TIA® spec.

To become an ICC Elite Installer or Certified Elite Installer, please visit icc.com/elite

An ICC Elite Installer Wins a Data Cabling Contract

ICC Success Stories

OK – An ICC Elite Installer located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was awarded a data cabling contract. The project required a Category 6 (CAT 6) and fiber optic structured cabling system.

The project required an installation of 926 CAT 6 drops, where the Elite Installer pulled 55,000 feet of 500 MHz CAT 6 bulk cable. The horizontal cross-connect consisted of blank patch panels configured with high-density (HD) CAT 6 RJ45 keystone jacks. At the outlets, Stainless steel faceplates were installed and configured with HD CAT 6 jacks.

In addition, the fiber optic system required an installation of 18 fiber optic drops. Three Classic 1 RMS fiber optic rack mount enclosures were loaded with LGX®-compatible Classic LC-LC fiber optic adapter panels with aqua multimode adapters.

The cabling systems were mounted onto two seven-foot four-post distribution racks and a wall mount rack. A ten-foot ladder rack cable runway supported bulk cable running overhead and distribution from the equipment room entry/exit point to cross-connects on the racks.

After the installation, the system’s CAT 6 permanent link was tested and passed the TIA® spec.

To become an ICC Elite Installer or Certified Elite Installer, please visit icc.com/elite.

A Motel Chain Awards a Data Cabling Contract to an ICC Elite Installer

ICC Success Stories

NY – An ICC Elite Installer was awarded a data cabling contract from a leading budget motel chain in New York.

The project required a Category 6 (CAT 6) structured cabling system. A total of 1200 drops and 75,000 feet of 500 MHz CAT 6 bulk cable with 23 AWG UTP solid wires and a CMR jacket in a pull box were installed.

The cabling system was connected from the telecom room (TR) to guest rooms and public spaces. In the TR, a 45 RMS 2-post distribution rack was equipped with blank patch panels configured with high-density (HD) CAT 6 RJ45 keystone jacks. A 6-pack of 3-inch finger duct panels in 1 RMS were installed between the blank patch panels to help with cable management. 2-inch ceiling mount j-hooks were used to organize horizontal cable runs. Décorex faceplates with 1, 2, 3, and 4-port inserts, and 1-port surface mount boxes were configured with HD CAT 6 jacks and installed at the outlets.

After the installation, the system’s permanent link was tested and passed the TIA® spec.

To become an ICC Elite Installer or Certified Elite Installer, please visit icc.com/elite.

New Product Announcement: 28-inch Plastic Residential Wiring Enclosures

ICC Press Releases

ICC is introducing a new line of 28-inch plastic residential enclosures. The new design aims for simple installation, compact storage, easy transportation, and is built to meet residential requirements for structured wiring and media outlets. These new enclosures come packed with standard features from previous models as well as some new benefits.

  • 1.2 cu ft box reduces storage space and shipping cost by 50%.
  • Two-piece design with a simple 10-second tab assembly.
  • Reversible, vented doors included.
  • Bezel frame to cover rough drywall edges.
  • 0.1″ thick plastic is 18% stronger than the big brands’ offerings.
  • ABS plastic construction improves Wi-Fi range.
  • Universal hole pattern accommodates most push-pin modules.
  • 8-Port CAT6 data module.
  • 8-Port telephone module with RJ-31X jack.
  • 1×6 2 GHz video splitter module.
  • Built-in power knockouts (AC power outlet not included).
  • UL Listed and TAA compliant.

With all these features, the 28-inch plastic residential wiring enclosures make an ideal solution for new construction and renovation projects. ICC offers two models: Model W – Voice and Data (ICRESDP28W) and Model K – Voice, Data, and Video (ICRESDP28K).

Learn more at https://icc.com/residential-wiring-enclosures/28-inch-plastic-wireless-networks/

How to install 28-inch a Plastic Residential Wiring Enclosure

An Accounting Firm Awards a Data Cabling Contract to an ICC Elite Installer

ICC Success Stories

AZ – An ICC Elite Installer was awarded a data cabling contract from a certified public accounting firm in Phoenix, Arizona.

The project required a Category 6 (CAT 6) structured cabling system. A total of 30 drops and 2,000 feet of CAT 6 500 MHz CMP cable was installed.

The Elite Installer installed single-gang faceplates configured with CAT 6 keystone jacks in white at the outlets. Also, they installed a wall mount swing frame rack with CAT 6 110-Type patch panels in the telecom closet.

After the installation, the system’s permanent link was tested to the TIA® spec and registered with ICC 15-Year Performance Warranty.

To become an ICC Elite Installer or Certified Elite Installer, please visit icc.com/elite.

A Manufacturer Awards a Data Cabling Contract to an ICC Elite Installer

ICC Success Stories

CA – An ICC Elite Installer was awarded a data cabling contract from a manufacturing company in Utah.

The contract required Category 6A (CAT 6A) and Category 5e (CAT 5e) structured cabling installations at three project sites; a call center, a photo lab studio, and a warehouse.

A total of 490 drops; 30,000 feet of CAT 5e 350 MHz CMP cable, and 1,000 feet of CAT 6A 650 MHz CMP cable; was installed.

The Elite Installer installed single-gang and furniture style faceplates configured with CAT 5e keystone jacks at the outlets. They also installed 110-Type CAT 5e patch panels and blank patch panels configured with CAT 6A keystone jacks in the equipment room.

After each installation, the system’s permanent link was tested to the TIA® spec and registered with ICC 15-Year Performance Warranty.

To become an ICC Elite Installer or Certified Elite Installer, please visit icc.com/elite.

Singlemode Fiber and Multimode Fiber Optic Cable Differences

ICC White Papers

singlemode-versus-multimode

When designing a fiber optic network, the first decision installers need to make is whether to use a singlemode fiber or multimode fiber. This article makes that choice easier by explaining the differences between the two, and when installers should pick one over the other.

Comparing Singlemode Fiber vs. Multimode Fiber

Let’s compare a singlemode fiber and multimode fiber to get a better understanding.

Singlemode Fiber

A singlemode fiber has a very small core size that is less than 10 µm (10 micro-inches). The core permits only one ray of light, also referred to as mode, to be transmitted usually at 1310 nm and 1550 nm nanometers. These parameters are what make less light reflection to be produced when light passes through the core of a singlemode fiber. The result is lower attenuation or the rate measured at which the signal light decreases in intensity. Also, it allows the signal to travel further. Therefore, installers prefer to use a singlemode fiber for long distance, high bandwidth applications.

singlemode-core

Multimode Fiber

Multimode fiber has a larger core size that is 62.5 µm (62 micro-inches) or 50 µm (50 micro-inches). It directs many modes at the same time, allowing additional data to pass through the multimode fiber core. The following parameters will generate more light reflections, disperse light more, and increase the attenuation. As a result, the quality of the signal reduces over long distances. Therefore, installers prefer to use multimode fibers for short distances in local area networks (LANs).

multimode-core-62

multimode-core-50

What’s the difference between singlemode fiber and multimode fiber?

Since the cores of a singlemode and multimode fiber are different, the way in which an electromagnetic wave transfers its energy from one point to another is also different.

Light Propagation

Light propagation between singlemode and multimode fibers differs. Multimode fiber obtains two types — step index and grade index. Singlemode fiber has one type — step index. The light propagation during signal transmission in a singlemode fiber reduces less than that of multimode fibers.

Multimode and singlemode light propagation. Multimode Step Index and Grade Index have shortwave lasers. Singlemode Step Index has longwave lasers

Optics

Laser diode-based fiber optic transmission equipment is required for singlemode fiber. The equipment has to be precisely calibrated to transmit light into the fiber optic cable. LED-based fiber optic equipment is typically used with multimode fiber for short distance transmissions. Also, the alignment requirements for singlemode connectors used with singlemode fiber are more rigorous than that of multimode fiber connectors.

System Cost

Even though the cost of a singlemode fiber cable is cheaper than that of a multimode fiber cable, singlemode fiber cable systems are typically more expensive. The reason being singlemode fiber requires a transceiver that has a laser with a smaller spot-size and narrower spectral width, allowing it to function at a longer wavelength. In addition, the alignment between two fibers and the tolerances between two connectors has to be more precise. The end result is a higher cost for singlemode fiber interconnects.

Chart of relative cost of using multimode fiber vs. singlemode fiber system. A singlemode fiber system is typically five times greater in cost than a multimode fiber system due to the transciever cost.

VCSEL-based transceivers that are designed for use with multimode fibers are manufactured more easily into array devices. Therefore, they have a lower cost than equivalent singlemode transceivers. Even with the use of multiple fiber lanes and multi-transceiver arrays, there are substantial cost savings over singlemode technology using single or multichannel operations over simplex-duplex connectivity. Multimode fiber systems present the lowest cost and upgrade path to 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) for standards-based applications using parallel-optic based interconnects.

Which one to choose? Singlemode Fiber vs. Multimode Fiber

Distance is the most important thing to consider when deciding to use singlemode or multimode fiber. It’s typical to install multimode fibers from 300 meters to 400 meters within a data center. Singlemode fiber can run from 10 kilometers (10km) to 80 kilometers (80km), and even farther. Installers must use the proper optics for the distance required.

The illustration below shows common features between singlemode fiber and multimode fiber. Both are incompatible and cannot be mixed between two endpoints. The optics are also incompatible.

Singlemode vs Multimode Comparison Chart. Singlemode: 9 µm core, High bandwidth and lower ateenuation, APC or UPC otpions, and used in telecom and CATV networks. Multimode: 50 µm or 62.5 µm core, lower bandwidth and higher attenuation, PC/UPC polish, and used in LAN, security systems, and general fiber networks. Similarities betweeen singlemode and multimode fiber: glass fiber, can be simplex or duplex, available in LC, SC, or ST connectors

Conclusion

Multimode is a better choice for transmission distances up to 550 meters in data center applications and less expensive. For distances above 550 meters, singlemode fiber is best. Besides the distance, the total cost of ownership (TCO) should also be taken into consideration. Most importantly, choosing the right fiber for the network is the intelligent choice.

Learn more about ICC’s singlemode and multimode fiber optic systems.

Related article: What are the Differences Between Fiber Optic Speed and Distance?

A School District Awards Six Data Cabling Contracts to an ICC Certified Elite Installer

ICC Success Stories

CA – An ICC Certified Elite Installer (CEI) was awarded six data cabling contracts from a school district in Norco, California. Each contract required a Category 6 (CAT 6) structured cabling system to be installed into an elementary school. The CEI installed a total of 297 drops and 244,000 feet of CAT 6e cable for the school district. Each school’s upgraded system is detailed below:

  1. 54 drops and 18,000 feet of CAT 6e 600MHz CMR cable
  2. 74 drops and 25,000 feet of CAT 6e 600MHz CMR cable
  3. 51 drops and 56,000 feet of CAT 6e 600MHz CMR cable
  4. 33 drops and 33,000 feet of CAT 6e 600MHz CMR cable
  5. 58 drops and 58,000 feet of CAT 6e 600MHz CMR cable
  6. 27 drops and 54,000 feet of CAT 6e 600MHz CMR cable

Each cabling system was installed using ICC’s end-to-end solutions; CAT 6 cable, CAT 6 high-density keystone jacks, CAT 6 patch panels, CAT 6 patch cords, and others.

After each installation, the permanent link of the system was tested to the TIA® spec and registered with ICC’s Lifetime Performance Warranty.

To become an ICC Elite Installer or Certified Elite Installer, please visit icc.com/elite.

A School District in California Offers More Data Cabling Contracts to an ICC Certified Elite Installer

ICC Success Stories

CA – An ICC Certified Elite Installer was offered additional data cabling contracts from the same school district in Norco, California. The district upgraded two of their elementary schools.

A total of 59 drops and 19,000 feet of ICC CAT 6e 600MHz CMR cable were installed between both campuses. Both systems were installed to Permanent Link spec.

After the installation, the CAT 6 cabling systems were tested to the TIA® spec and registered with ICC’s Lifetime Performance Warranty.

To become an ICC Elite Installer or Certified Elite Installer, please visit icc.com/elite.

A School District in California Awarded a Data Cabling Contract to an ICC Certified Elite Installer

ICC Success Stories

CA – An ICC Certified Elite Installer was awarded a data cabling contract from a school district in Norco, California. The district upgraded one of their elementary schools with wireless access points to provide students, faculty, and administrative staff with high-speed Wi-Fi. A Category 6 (CAT 6) structured cabling system was installed to maintain proper bandwidth throughout the network.

A total of 59 drops and 21,000 feet of ICC CAT 6 600MHz CMR cable were installed to Permanent Link spec. J-Hooks with batwing clips were installed to ceiling wires to route cables overhead. The intermediate and main distribution frames throughout the campus were equipped with CAT 6 24-port patch panels. CAT 6 patch cords were used to interconnect the patch panels to network equipment.

After the installation, the CAT 6 cabling system was tested to the TIA® spec and registered with ICC’s Lifetime Performance Warranty.

To become an ICC Elite Installer or Certified Elite Installer, please visit icc.com/elite.