In This Issue: Cisco 2821 Voice Security Bundle | What is the difference between LSZH and OFNR? | News to Start Your Day
Happy Hump-Day! Today is National Milk Chocolate Day and when it comes to chocolate, this sweet easily pleases. Take some time to enjoy your favorite milk chocolate candy bar or since the days are heating up, melt it down and enjoy it drizzled over some delicious ice cream or popcorn!
The CK Daily – Time to Declutter!
This week is flying by for me, but I am not complaining! This past week I have been dedicating time to schedule out my days and being more intentional on what I spend my days doing. I’ve talked about this before, but just like seasons, things are always changing.
As July is ending, I’ve decided to dedicate the month of August to decluttering my home. I’m the type of gal who loves to snuggle on the couch and watch HGTV and dream of my home to be immaculate as the ones I see on TV. Let’s face it, I have a toddler and husband who does not believe in a perfectly clean house, so I must keep my expectations down to a minimum.
So far, I have chosen 2 areas of my home that I want to declutter for each week in the month of August. I hope that scaling down my cleaning area will greatly increase my chances of being successful without feeling overwhelmed.
Decluttering can be applied to all aspects of your home and work life. For the month of September, I will focus on decluttering my work life, from cleaning up the never-ending marketing emails in my inbox to clearing up the fluff. I want to go bare-bones on what is important and necessary to run and maintain a great customer service department.
What aspects of your life have you been decluttering? I would love to hear and be inspired by each of you!
Product Spotlights & Updates
Happy Hump Day! We are halfway through the week, anyone else feel like the week is flying by? Let’s hope that momentum keeps going. Today we’re highlighting the Cisco 2821 router with the voice and security bundle.
This Cisco router offers a wide range of Unified Communication security features that are tailored for small to medium-sized businesses. This includes robust authentication and encryption features including media authentication and encryption. Routers with embedded security are a must-have these days. The additional layers of security that the Cisco 2821 router provides will ensure that your network is protected, especially when coupled with Cisco Unified IP phones. When deployed with Cisco IP phones the router offers protection from eavesdropping, information theft, media tampering, toll fraud, denial of service as well as other attacks and threats within the LAN and WAN using standards-based encryption.
The Cisco 2821 Voice Security Bundle comes with a PVDM2-32 (voice/fax DSP) module, Advanced IP Services software along with 64 Flash and 256 DRAM. The C2821-VSEC/K9 router is also on sale this week for 25% off!
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With the many types of fiber cables and then the components that make each of them up, it can be very confusing to know what fiber cable is the best overall for your business. One of the biggest questions we get is what is the difference between OFNR fiber cablesand LSZH fiber cables. While they seem like the same thing, they are really two very different and very important attributes of fiber cables, and the same fiber cable can be both. To understand these attributes better, we have to understand the construction of fiber cables and the different rating levels associated with fiber optic cabling.
Optical Fiber Construction
There are several parts that made up the fiber cable. Each part starting from the cladding, then the coating, strength member and lastly the outer jacket is covered at the top of each other to give protection and shielding especially the conductors and the fiber core. Above all of these, the outer jacket is the first layer of protection and adds strength to the fiber to withstand different conditions such as fire, moisture, chemical, and stress during installations and operations.
Fiber Cable Outer Jacket Material Types
Fiber cable outer jackets can be classified into several types in terms of different materials. These materials have different characteristics and use that depends on the application’s setting.
What is the Plenum Area?
A plenum area is a space used to move air to workspaces for the purpose of ventilation or to form air flow for an air distribution system.
What is the Riser Area?
Examples of riser areas are floor openings, tubes, or channels that run upwards over one or more floors. Riser cable is planned for use in upright shafts that run between floors.
What is the General-Purpose Area?
A general-purpose area is all other areas that are not plenum or riser on the same space or floor.
Fire Rating Levels
There are four levels of fire resistance for fiber cables and each level has two divisions which are the conductive and non-conductive cables. The higher rating cable is backward compatible to the lower rating cable and can be substituted while the lower rating cables can’t be used in place for the higher ratings.
-OFNP and OFCP Fiber Cable Optical Fiber Nonconductive Plenum Cable and Optical Fiber Conductive Plenum Cable. OFNP and OFCP cables as the name implies are used for plenum areas and have resistance to fire and smoke.
-OFNR and OFCR Fiber Cable Optical Fiber Nonconductive Riser Cables and Optical Fiber Conductive Riser Cables are used for the riser areas. These cables must prevent the fire from one floor to another.
-OFNG and OFCG Fiber Cable Optical Fiber Nonconductive General-Purpose Cable and Optical Fiber Conductive General-Purpose Cable. These cables must not spread the fire for more than 4 feet, 11 inches.
-OFN and OFC Fiber Cable Optical Fiber Nonconductive and Optical Fiber Conductive. To get this cable rating, the flame shall not infiltrate floors or ceilings and the cables are also used for general purpose areas.
Continue reading more about the comparison between OFNT and LSZH Cables on the CK Learning Center here!
Today’s News to Start Your Day:
- U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky claimed gold in the Olympic debut of the women’s 1500-meter freestyle race.
- Walmart, the largest U.S. private employer, unveiled new terms to its educational assistance program on Tuesday. Effective Aug. 16, associates of Walmart and Sam’s Club will no longer have to pay a $1-per-day fee to participate in the program. The company will pay 100% of college tuition and book costs.
- McDonald’s topped Wall Street’s estimates for its second-quarter earnings and revenue. This seemed to be driven by the strong demand for its BTS meal promotion and the new chicken sandwich.
- The CDC recommended that fully vaccinated people begin wearing masks indoors again in places with high Covid transmission rates.
- The typical interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 3.01% from 3.11% last week and applications to refinance a home loan jumped 9% last week from the previous week.