Graybar Unveils Direct Attach for Network Connections

ST. LOUISGraybar, a distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products, introduced a new method for making network connections: Direct Attach.

Direct Attach is a simpler, more secure solution than the traditional method for connecting IP network devices in certain building-system applications, such as security cameras, wireless access points and lighting controls. Also known as the single connector modified permanent link method, Direct Attach removes the jack and patch cord from a typical Ethernet connection and attaches the device directly to a modular plug on the end of the horizontal Ethernet cable.

Graybar worked with independent testing organization Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to test and validate the Direct Attach system. UL actively and passively tested the Cat 5e and Cat 6 cables in various configurations to validate that the Direct Attach system complies with the applicable standards.

“Today, many building systems have IP connections that require little or no administration. For these applications, Direct Attach can offer better safety, security and aesthetics than a traditional cabling method,” says Karl Griffith, director, emerging technology for Graybar.

Graybar will exhibit the Direct Attach solution at its booth at the 2012 BICSI Winter Conference and Exhibition, Feb. 12 to Feb. 16.


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