Siemon launches new Z-PLUG field terminated plug for intelligent buildings

Siemon’s Z-PLUG

Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, today announced its new Z-PLUG™ category 6A field terminated plug for quick, reliable high-performance plug terminations in the field that enable custom-length direct connections to a variety of IP-based and PoE-enabled devices deployed in today’s intelligent buildings.

With the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT), more devices than ever are communicating and receiving power via the network cabling infrastructure, including LED lights, wireless access points, security cameras, video displays, distributed antenna systems and building automation controls.

Rather than connecting to the network via outlets and patch cords, many of these devices can be directly connected using plug-terminated links for more efficient, rapid deployment.

Siemon’s Z-PLUG field terminated plug exceeds all category 6A performance requirements and it can be terminated to shielded, unshielded, solid and stranded cables for maximum flexibility with only one part number required.

Its intuitive termination process involves a user-friendly tool and hinged lacing module that eliminates the need to feed individual conductors through an opening, enabling best-in-class termination time and repeatable performance.

Z-PLUG features a dual-purpose latch protector clip that protects the latch during routing and is available in nine different colours for easy colour coding of various systems.

With a robust, low-profile design and the option to eliminate or shorten the boot, Z-PLUGs are also suitable for fitting into end devices with limited space such as cameras and access points.

“With category 6A recommended for the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points, digital displays and applications that require higher levels of power over Ethernet, combined with the efficiency of quickly plugging straight into a wide range of IP-based and PoE-enabled devices, Z-PLUG field terminated plugs are the ideal solution for connecting these devices in today’s intelligent buildings,” says Lee Funnell, technical manager, Siemon.

Wired Communications Solutions, a Siemon Certified Installer, used the new Z-PLUG field terminated plugs for a recent deployment of more than 250 IP-based cameras and wireless access points for the world’s largest online retailer.

“Siemon’s new category 6A Z-PLUG reduced labour time and provided a very robust high-quality connection to each device, significantly reducing errors and enabling a faster, smooth deployment,” says Jason Dilley, general manager, Wired Communications Solutions.

Siemon’s Z-PLUG field terminated plugs support 10Gb/s system transmission performance for today’s high-speed applications and the latest Power over Ethernet applications, including advanced four-pair Type 3 (60W), Type 4 (90W) and Power over HDBaseT (POH).

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