Latest news from IDAC Solutions
Latest news from IDAC Solutions

Currency exchange rates & the common denominator

Date: 14th August 2018
Author: Liz Farrimond

There is a phenomenon that I’ve noticed increasingly this year. When talking about holidays and the varying costs across various destinations, there is a common factor that is always the benchmark for comparison: The cost of a pint of beer!

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UV Cable Protection

UV Resistant Cables for Outdoor Use

Date: 25th July 2018
Author: Liz Farrimond

I was very young in the Summer of 1976, but I still remember seeing news reports showing people queuing in the streets to use a council erected stand pipe! Hopefully we won’t get to that point this year. I also remember the sun burn! I don’t think we had anything above SPF 8 in those days – it just didn’t exist. So, what does this have to do with UV resistant cables I hear you ask?

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The Isle of Wight Challenge - iDaCs goes the extra mile.

Date: 8th June 2018
Author: Liz Farrimond

At iDaCs, we’re always willing to go the extra mile to make sure we find a solution to suit our customers’ cabling requirements. Our team ethos is led by our MD, Paul Cattell, who recently went a few (dozen) extra miles. In early May, Paul took part in the Isle of Wight Challenge.

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iDaC Solutions Intelligent Building Solutions

Intelligent Networking Solutions

Date: 23rd May 2018
Author: Liz Farrimond

Have you ever done the ‘intelligence test’ where you have to come up with as many uses as you can for a house brick within 30 seconds? Apparently, the more plausible uses you can think of, the more intelligent you are. There are the obvious ones – door stop, paper weight………..

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Cables for Low Temperatures – a guide for installers

Date: 13th February 2018
Author: Liz Farrimond

It is cold at the moment. It is very cold! In fact, I’m typing this blog in our office while wearing my jacket (true story). While sitting here - I’ve been considering the plight of cables in low temperatures – who like me need a special jacket to protect them against the cold (e.g. for outdoor use, or in freezer or cold storage areas).

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Datwyler 418061 RJ45 Module Cat6A Cat6 termination assembly guide

How to terminate an RJ45 Module - a guide for installers

Date: 16th January 2018
Author: Liz Farrimond

New applications are putting more demands on (twisted pair) structured cabling. As an installer, you can play your part to ensure that the cabling system works properly by following some simple guidelines when terminating the RJ45 Modules (jacks) - which can literally be the weakest link - if done incorrectly.

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New Year – New You?

Date: 3rd January 2018
Author: Liz Farrimond

Most of us have been back to work for approximately 24 hours and most of us have already broken our New Year's resolutions. Maybe some of you have more will-power?! Maybe some of you have resolved to be a better person ….……. eating healthier, exercising more and saying ‘yes’ to more opportunities! With the ultimate goal of having a longer and more productive life.

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Christmas baubles Happy New Year

Christmas is coming - and we’re clearing the shelves!

Date: 6th December 2017
Author: Liz Farrimond

It’s that time of year again - when people across the country are wondering how to pay for Christmas presents for the kids and food for the table – without having to become a part-time UBER driver. At iDaCs we’re clearing the shelves to make way for the New Year – with a special December promotion on selected Datwyler cables.

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Datwler Cable

Plastic Cable Ties – can they be used for data installations?

Date: 7th November 2017
Author: Liz Farrimond

In our previous blog ‘Why use velcro ties for data cables’ we mentioned that the mis-use of plastic cable ties could deform the data cable, and potentially result in a test fail for the link. To expand on this, we’re going to explain the ‘how’ and also ‘what’ you can do to prevent this.

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Datwyler Cable with velcro ties

Why use velcro ties for data cables?

Date: 13th October 2017
Author: Liz Farrimond

Datwyler has been in the UK for over 30 years and most of our staff have been in the cabling industry nearly as long. So yes, that makes us an ageing group of cable geeks, but it also means that we've been there, done that and worn the company logo'd t-shirts! Just one of the things we obsess about is the state of cable dressing - said we were geeks! So, what to do about cable ties? Velcro? plastic? bit of old string? The options are endless.

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Datwyler Cat 8 cable

Upgrade and Save - Which Cable to use for PoE

Date: 25th September 2017
Author: Liz Farrimond

Whatever your motives are for deploying Power over Ethernet (PoE) devices on your network, energy efficiency will probably be a prime consideration. Your instinct may be to use a higher category of data cable for your offices, data centres and other high demand applications, and a lower category of cabling to support your PoE / IoT equipment.

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iDaC Solutions competition win Boat Show Tickets

Win Boat Show Tickets!

Date: 12th September 2017
Author: Liz Farrimond

As a company based on the South Coast of England, we benefit from all the advantages of being located near the Solent. One of which is our proximity to the World-famous Southampton Boat Show (open 15th-24th September, 2017). Win a *pair of tickets to this year’s event on us. The first correct entry wins, so don't delay, submit your answers now!

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Datwyler Quality - the genuine article

The Genuine Article?

Date: 21st August 2017
Author: Liz Farrimond

Not so much nowadays, but many of us will probably remember the old days – when we picked up the odd bargain on our holidays. That special ‘Fauxlex’ watch or ‘Designer’ handbag! Let’s be honest, our expectations were pretty low when we made these purchases – in the case of the watch – they looked the part and probably told the time (for a while anyway).

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premier league football match crowd safety security

In a League of our own!

Date: 10th August 2017
Author: Liz Farrimond

The wait is over - this weekend sees the start of the 2017/18 Premier League season. This year’s competition kicks off on Friday 11th August with Arsenal v Leicester. Last year’s winners, Chelsea, play host to Burnley on Saturday and our Technical Director, Paul Hunter (RCDD and Geordie) is delighted to see his beloved Newcastle United back in the top flight, at home to Spurs on Sunday, having been promoted as winners of the Championship earlier this year.

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iDaC Solutions Datwyler RJ45 modules

Baggage Allowance Causing You Problems?

Date: 28th July 2017
Author: Liz Farrimond

Who hasn’t knelt on the airport concourse juggling clothing between suitcases to even out the load – or worse still – put on the extra few garments that took you over the weight limit! Our Technical Director, Paul Hunter, faced a greater challenge with his luggage on a trip to the Datwyler factory in Germany.

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Datwyler Cat6a 6552 cable reels pulling

Cable Installation Guidelines - It’s Not Just About Pulling!

Date: 14th July 2017
Author: Liz Farrimond

Installation guidelines aren’t limited to how to pull in the cable and how to maintain bend radius control. To make sure data cables go in correctly and work effectively for years to come – there are other things you need to consider for a trouble-free install.

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Water on Cat6A Cable

What to do when rain stops play

Date: 7th July 2017
Author: Liz Farrimond

Wimbledon is upon us once again. We’re ready for the tennis, ready for the Pimms, ready for the strawberries, we’re even ready for Andy Murray’s cheerful countenance– and of course the rain! Let’s be optimistic – maybe summer will briefly sweep in (again) and make this the perfect uninterrupted spectacle that we remember from our youth (when summer days were always long & sunny and the players were characters). Or maybe we’ll hear those dreaded words ‘rain stopped play’ (again).

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