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Berk-Tek launches Outdoor LANmark-6

Copper and fiber optic cabling technology firm Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company, has released a Category 6 cable designed...


September 26, 2007  


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Copper and fiber optic cabling technology firm Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company, has released a Category 6 cable designed for outdoor installations.

The construction of the LANmark-6 OSP (outside plant) cable includes a water-blocking gel compound within the core that encases the four UTP copper pairs and black polyolefin, UV-resistant jacket.

The cable meets the TIA/EIA-568.B.2-1 industry standard requirements for a Category 6 cable, but is designed to support facilities such as portable classrooms, detached garages, guard shacks and other wet locations.

According to the company, it can provide data, video and power on four pairs through PoE capabilities, including adhering to the proposed IEEE 802.3at PoE Plus addendum.

“Conventional Category 6 LAN cables, designed for indoor high-speed data, voice and video applications, do not meet specific codes for outdoor or wet locations due to the threat of moisture and extreme temperature fluctuations, which affect critical electrical characteristics, said James Frey, copper products manager for Berk-Tek.