Connected_Buildings_360x203Two trends are most prevalent in commercial buildings today: the use of low voltage power for powering devices and the continued growth in wireless access. Depending on the work environment, both trends mean different things because each office space is slightly different. 

While there is a move to have more open and collaborative spaces in the workplace, we also know a “one size fits all” description of a customer’s workspace will never be sufficient. But without a doubt, wireless is growing. A recent Cisco VNI report states that wired/WiFi traffic will grow at an annual rate of 26 percent. This trend will lead to more connections in the ceiling and a decline in ports wired to the desktop.

CLICK TO TWEET: In the changing world of wireless, the Ceiling Connector Assembly can help with the moves, adds and changes of physical access points.

As part of the wireless trend, we’ve learned that most customers are still installing a surface mount box with a jack in the ceiling plus a patch cord to the end device. Various mounting methods are used depending on the customer’s expectations. Ironically, we also discovered that most customers are not using field-terminated plugs because of issues in repeatability and consistent performance. With the explosion of WiFi, some customers change the location of wireless access points as more density is required. Since the location is not static, flexibility is a desired attribute of the structured cabling system.  

CeilingConnector2To better meet connectivity needs inside today’s commercial buildings, CommScope introduced the Ceiling Connector Assembly. It can be purchased with an 18-inch pre-terminated patch cord or individually, ensuring a factory-terminated and tested Category 6 or Category 6A RJ45 plug. This removes any concerns about repeatability and consistent performance and is available in plenum and low smoke ratings. Once dressed, the Ceiling Connector Assembly can be closed with a simple pair of pliers or even by hand.   

Ceiling_Connector_2Imagine trying to terminate a plug on a ladder and making sure it tests out the first time. The Ceiling Connector Assembly is easy and repeatable every time, providing the performance CommScope customers demand. There is no need for special tools.

A Ceiling Connector Assembly provides a transition point to extend that cable pull without starting from scratch. In the changing world of wireless, the Ceiling Connector Assembly can help with the moves, adds and changes of physical access points.

If you have any questions regarding this latest CommScope innovation, please post your questions in the comment section below, and I’ll gladly respond.

About the Author

Brian Hanchey

Brian Hanchey is the In-Building Portfolio Strategy Manager at CommScope, focusing on Enterprise Solutions, for CommScope.  He has also worked in Product Line Management for the Copper portfolio while at CommScope.  Previously, Brian spent 13 years with Nortel in various roles from Systems Engineering, IT Project Management, Sales Engineering, Marketing and Channel Management as well as managing a small business for five years.  Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from The University of Texas at Dallas.

 

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