What's Under Your Desk? Solving the Power Cord Pretzel Problem

Green Plug believes the time has come for a reusable, multi-port power supply that can provide a universal power interface for all electronic products. The company is also taking a stand for setting a worldwide DC power standard. At CES 2008, they debuted a new electronics component chip - called the Green PlugTM Universal Power Protocol (UPP). The chip enables real-time collaboration between electronic devices and their power sources for the first time, using a secure, digital protocol.

802.11 Debugging Made Easy

This article covers 802.11 installation and troubleshooting tips for the professional custom electronics installer, but is applicable to any wireless network installation done professionally.

Installing Flat Screen Displays

The key to mounting success, and great viewing of your screen, as always, is careful planning and preparation.

Magnetic Personality Test Leads

The test leads will stick to pipes (for a ground), screws, speaker terminals, tools (to allow the tool to be a test lead), chassis, racks, car bumpers, and other test leads.

A Solution to the NID Nuisance

NIDs (Network Interface Devices) are usually on the outside of the house mounted near the electrical service entrance. A typical structured cabling installation needs TP cables (2 CAT5s) to the telco or cable box and 1 or 2 coax cables (2 RG6s) to the cable box from the distribution center in the home. So someplace the cable has to pass to the outside of the house.

About RJ Jacks

Why jacks? Why not just "hardwire" everything? Because today's homeowners live in a dynamic world. New things replace old, new lifestyles mean rooms change their function and jacks let you plug things in and out, as you wish.

Power How-To

Dear Home Sketch Pad Experts, I recently moved into a new house and I've noticed that my lights tend to dim quite a bit. I asked a friend about this and he said that the area I live in probably suffers from voltage irregularities...

Power Management Hits Home Run

To achieve this level of customer satisfaction, it takes a combination of forethought, excellent product selection, and enough protection and flexibility for any situation.

Chief JWD-V Flat Panel Wall Mount

The installation could not have been easier, somebody with very little handy man experience could easily and confidently mount there flat screen Television, and if you do have question or concerns Chief provides a toll free customer service number you can call for assistance.

Bridging to Home Automation's Future

Easily bridge between alternative power line carrier, wireless, and hard-wired protocols to create mixed installations that are optimized for ease, reliability, affordability, and functionality.

Cooling the mid-size enclosure

The best solutions result in cool room air entering an enclosure at the bottom front, and heated air leaving at the top rear.

The Right Firestop Products

A firestop system consists of: the barrier (the fire-rated wall or floor) being penetrated; the penetrating item (cables, conduits, etc.); and the firestopping products and designs used to seal the opening.

Atlas CAT5 Tester

I have to say that the AtlasIT has saved me a lot of time already! My second lot of Clipsal RJ45 sockets used a different colour code to the first lot meaning they didn't work when I installed them! A few minutes with the AtlasIT showed me that the orange and green pairs were swapped. On another occasion I was connecting my TiVo to the phone line using one of the CAT5 cables at the back of my AV system. I couldn't figure out what was wrong, but a couple of minutes with the Atlas and I realised I had patched the phone line in to the wrong port on the patch panel.

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