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Find a data solution from CABAC's huge range of top performing quality network cabling leads and accessories. All network cabling products are designed for ease of installation whilst protecting cables, leads and connectors ensuring a longer and more reliable life span.

Fibre Patch Leads, CAT5E Patch Leads, CAT6 Patch Leads, Couplers, Surface Mounts, Patch Panels, LAN Cable Rolls, Jacks and Wallplates, Line Splitters, Telephone Equipment, Fibre Pigtails, Fibre Connectors, Fibre Couplers and Adapters, Fibre Trays and Adapter Plates

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Standards & Compliance

ACA (Australian Cablemakers Association) Compliance

The ACA was formed by a key group of Australian cable manufacturers and distributors. The ACA support and encourage growth of the Australian cable manufacturing industry and represent local cable manufacturers in interactions with Government and industry bodies. The ACA facilitates the Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) which addresses the issue of unsafe, non-compliant and counterfeit cable entering the Australian market by independently testing and publishing the findings of cables found to be faulty, counterfeit or non-compliant with Australian and New Zealand Standards.

Sourced from ACA Partner websites.

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IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) Standards

TThe IEC is the world's leading organisation for the preparation and publication of International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. All IEC International Standards are consensus-based and represent the needs of key stakeholders of every nation participating in IEC work.

The IEC is one of three global sister organisations (IEC, ISO, ITU) that develop international standards for the world. Joint committees ensure that International Standards combine all relevant knowledge of experts working in related areas.

Sourced from the IEC Website.

ACMA (Australian Communications & Media Authority)

The ACMA is responsible for the regulation of broadcasting, the internet, radiocommunications and telecommunications. The ACMA's responsibilities include;

  • promoting self-regulation and competition in the communications industry, while protecting consumers and other users,
  • fostering an environment in which electronic media respect community standards and respond to audience and user needs
  • managing access to the radio frequency spectrum and
  • representing Australia's communications interests internationally.

The A-Tick compliance mark is produced by the ACMA for use with telecommunications items. It gives consumers confidence that a telecommunications item meets the safety and technical standards set by the ACMA.

Sourced from the from the ACMA Website.


Does HDMI 2.0 require a new cable?

HDMI 2.0 does not require replacement cables or connectors.

HDMI 2.0 is backwards compatible with earlier versions of the HDMI specification and is built on top of HDMI 1.x Any device that implements HDMI 2.0 must first implement 1.x as a baseline requirement.

Higher bandwidth features will require existing High Speed HDMI cables (Category 2 cables).

What is network cabling?

Network or networking cables are used to connect one network device to another or to link two or more computers to another device. Different cables are used depending on the requirements of the systems/devices these include coaxial cable, optical fibre cable, patch cable and Ethernet crossover cable.

What are UTP, STP and FTP?

There are three types of twisted pair cabling: STP (Shielded Twisted Cable), FTP (Foiled Twisted Cable) and UTP (Unshielded Twisted Cable). Twisted Pair cabling contains two conductors that are twisted together for the purpose of cancelling out electromagnetic interference (EMI) from external sources. This type of cable is used in Ethernet networks.

Unlike STP and FTP, UTP cable does not have any surrounding shielding and is more flexible. For this reason UTP is common for telephone and computer networking like patch cables and temporary network connections.

What are 568A and a 568B terminations?

568A and 568B are two standards used for connecting Category 3 (CAT3) and Category 5 (CAT5) wire to eight-pin modular connectors (8P8C). The difference between the two is the order in which the colour-coded pairs are used. The American National Standard Institute, Telephone Industry Association and the Electronics Industry Association (ANSI/TIA/EIA) approved the two standards, which address commercial building cabling, telecom products and services.

Note: Both ends of a given cable MUST be terminated the same way.

What is Coaxial Cable?

Coaxial cable is most often used for television and other signals with a multiple megahertz bandwidth. An electromagnetic wave is transmitted between the centre conductor and the shield of the cable. Coaxial cable lines are flexible and can be strapped to conductive supports without interference from external currents.

What is Patch Cable?

A patch cable is an electrical or optical cable used to connect one device to another or devices of different types together for signal routing. Patch cords are manufactured in many different colours for easy identification.

What are CAT5e and CAT6 cables?

CAT6 cable is specially designed and certified for gigabit Ethernet use and is backward compatible with any pre-existing CAT5 or CAT5e cabling found in older installations. The inbuilt separator reduces cross talk allowing for faster data transfer. A good quality CAT5e cable can also run near or at gigabit speeds however it cannot be certified. It is important to note that no matter which of the cables you choose, unless every component installed in the network is gigabit rated, the network will always run at the speed of the slowest device.

What is an Ethernet Crossover Cable?

An Ethernet crossover cable is a type of Ethernet cable used to connect computing devices together directly instead of using network switches or routers. Usually the same devices are used for each connection i.e. pc-to-pc, hub-to-hub, switch-to-switch etc.

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What is Optical Fibre Cable?

Fibre Optics is the light transmission through optical fibres for communication or signaling. Optical fibre cable is constructed using one or more optical fibres. Each fibre element is usually coated with a layer of plastic and is then placed inside a protective tube, which is designed for a specific type of environment or application.

What is Single-Mode and Multi-Mode Optical Fibre?

The main difference between multi-mode and single-mode optical fibre is in the core diameter. Multi-mode optical fibre is typically 50-100 micrometers and has a higher 'light gathering' capacity than single-mode fibre.

Single-mode fibre is often used in high-precision scientific research because it has only one propagation mode of light whereas multi-mode supports more than one propagation mode and the fibre bandwidth-distance product is lower.

What are OS1, OM1 and OM3 Optical Fibre systems?

OS1, OM1 and OM3 are optical fibre 'types' or 'categories' in the optical fibre system classified by ISO 11801.

OS1 is of single-mode type and has a glass core diameter of 9um and glass cladding of 125um. Wavelength of light used here is 1310nm and above.

OM1 and OM3 are of multi-mode type. OM1 has a glass core diameter of 62.5um and glass cladding of 125um, whereas OM3 has a glass core diameter of 50um and glass cladding of 125um. Wavelengths of light used here are normally 850nm or 1300nm.

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What is an Optical Fibre Fusion Splicer?

A high precision unit that performs very low loss join of two fibre optic cores using technology that fuses or melts the glass together.

What are Optical Fibre Pigtails?

Fibre Optical Pigtails are designed for terminating cables within the splice enclosure providing reliable and high performance. A fibre pigtail is a single, short and usually unbuffered optical fibre with a factory-terminated connector on one end and free fibre cable on the other. They are available in all of the standard cable colours.

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