When telecommunications and networking companies choose an enclosure, they know whether that cabinet will be outside or inside.
What makes an outside cabinet properly suited for the outdoors, and what makes an indoor cabinet suited for inside applications?
There are actually huge differences between indoor and outdoor telecom enclosures. For this article, we’re going to break the differences down into three major categories–NEMA rating, construction/design, available accessories and overall functionality.
Read on to see why indoor cabinets aren’t ideal for outdoor environments, and why it’s not worth spending the extra money on an outdoor cabinet if your application will be indoors.
In the telecommunications and networking industry, you can purchase enclosures as “integrated solutions” or “multiple point solutions.”
An integrated solution denotes a factory-rigged enclosure that is ready to go, while multiple point solutions result in a company needing to source components and accessories from different vendors and having them installed independently.
While an integrated solution obviously sounds better, is it really, or is it just a buzzword designed to draw customers in? Why would a company want to invest in that versus hiring their own third-party vendors to get the enclosures they need? Is one even better than the other?
Read on to learn what an “integrated solution” means at American Products, and why we feel it’s a better fit for telecommunications and networking companies who want to get their network up and running quicker and for less.
Above-grade pad- and pole-mount enclosures for passive optical network (PON) or active optical network (AON) equipment. Below-grade PON enclosures. Walk-in shelters. Indoor panel- and rack-mount cabinets. H-frame fiber storage. And MORE!? There are myriad options available for housing and protecting your valuable telecommunications and networking equipment. So, how do you determine which storage solution meets the needs of your particular application?
In regard to H-frames, it’s pretty easy–you need a secure way to store up to 250’ of fiber optic cable slack out of the reach of vandals, so you have it ready when the time comes. But for enclosures, it can be a bit daunting trying to determine what you need in regard to NEMA rating, RU, climate control, etc.
At American Products, we can help by asking a series of questions which allow us to hone in on which enclosure is best for your application. (more…)
American Products has always been known for producing quality enclosures for the telecom industry, dusty manufacturing facilities and more.
But did you know that in 2018, the company initiated a five-year undertaking to add a number of quality systems to enhance product quality even further?
In late 2020, we posted an article discussing the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), and what it entails for the communications and networking industry. Months later, Phase 1 of the project is well underway. A total of 180 corporations won bids to bring internet connection to 5,220,833 locations across 49 states and one territory. That means 99% of the eligible locations will be covered by internet access over the next 10 years! After the initial auction, winning bidders submitted their post-auction applications for support. As that’s done and your plans are approved, it’s time to start working! What should you do next, now that you’ve won your RDOF bid? (more…)
Are you updating your current network to provide better access? Is it time to update, upgrade and/or replace old equipment? Or, after being awarded Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) monies, are you now gathering the equipment you need to service customers in rural areas? Regardless the reason you’re investing in a new telecommunications or networking enclosure, one choice you’re probably considering is which type of structure is best for your needs. Should you go with the traditional above-ground style, or is a below-grade enclosure better?
For this article, we’re going to focus on below-grade telecom enclosures and the benefits associated with them. If you’re interested in learning about above-grade enclosures, click here.
What is RDOF, you ask? Although it’s certainly not an abbreviation for Rudolph – you know, the reindeer – it could mean that Christmas is coming early for some rural areas that have little or no internet service. RDOF is short for “Rural Digital Opportunity Fund,” which is a $20.4 billion fund that is being auctioned off beginning October 29, 2020. The goal of the fund is to build broadband networks that will target approximately six million underserved homes and businesses in rural areas. View the Auction 904 Final Eligible Areas map to view the areas eligible for the RDOF Phase I auction, which is known as RDOF Auction 904. Approximately 386 qualified bidders will bid for the rights to service these areas and the funding to help build their networks. Phase 1 of the RDOF Auction 904 begins tomorrow and will award $16 billion over a 10-year period. Phase 2 will award $4.4 billion.
When it comes to grounding and bonding, opinions and perspectives number like stars in the sky. To understand these topics properly in the context of U.S. electrical systems and telecommunications cabling, it is important to separate fact from fiction and be familiar with associated codes, standards, and industry guidelines. (more…)
You might have noticed that the AP MINIFORT™, AP LIBERTY™ and AP FREEDOM™ enclosure lines manufactured by American Products bear the ETL Certification Mark. What does this symbol convey, and why is it important?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conveys a designation of Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), providing evaluation, testing, and certification of electrically operated products. NRTL organizations independently test products to applicable product safety specifications, such as those from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and other standards writing bodies. (more…)
American Products can provide a fully integrated turn-key solution to meet specific design requirements. We have a very experienced engineering team and skilled technicians, backed by a Six Sigma-trained quality management group. This provides our customers with a faster time to deployment, cost savings, and consistently reliable product. Why is it Important to Protect Telecom Equipment Against Electrical Surges?