UTP vs. STP: Unshielded twisted pair or shielded twisted pair?


Before we jump into the pros and cons of UTP vs. STP we should dig a little deeper into what unshielded-twisted and shielded-twisted actually means. In this instance the cable is shielded by a foil or a conductive shield, hence the name. This shield is meant to protect against conductive interference which does not mean […]

Flat ethernet cables: space-saving, organized and good for increased airflow

Unique flat ethernet cable

In network cabinets, especially in distribution cabinets, even the most clearly arranged patch level sooner or later becomes confusing. With high packing densities, service technicians often face difficulties identifying, assigning, and moving cables and connectors. In such cases, flat ethernet cables are a great alternative! Adds, moves and changes in the LAN mean that the […]

Messy network cabinets – the broken windows theory

Broken Window

The Broken Window Theory introduced by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling in 1982 describes the escalating negative impact of low-level neglect or crime such as broken windows or even littering can have on a society. In fact, if a single broken window in a neighbourhood or suburb is not repaired quickly it is […]

Setup.exe wins Installation & Maintenance Innovators Award

Setup.exe Innovators Awards 2020

We are delighted that the Setup.exe, invented, designed and patented by PATCHBOX was recognized among the best in the industry by the 2020 Cabling Installation & Maintenance Innovators Awards. The stellar third-party judging panel included cabling and communications system specifiers, designers, integrators and managers with vast professional experience. PATCHBOX was recognized as a Platinum honoree in […]

The key advantages of thin and flat cables.

Network Server Rack Installation

Cables with a smaller outside diameter are being added to the product range by an increasing number of well-known cable manufacturers. There are several reasons for this. Why are almost all cable manufacturers bringing “thin” cables onto the market? Thinner cables are not only easier to handle when placing them inside a cabinet, but they also take […]

How PATCHBOX revolutionised a customers IT infrastructure over night.

Two major challenges for many IT Managers are network organisation and standardisation: This customer, a fast growing sports retail company with more than 1511 stores internationally, faced several challenges regarding their IT network. Their store concept required frequent changes to the setup and design, which also meant frequent changes to their IT infrastructure. The IT […]