Marilyn Michelson

Freelance Writer

Marilyn Michelson, president of Jackson, Calif.-based Business Communication Services and publisher of the BCS Reports, is an expert in TIA/EIA performance standards.

Articles by Marilyn Michelson

November 2008
The Category 6A copper cable specification (TIA 568-B.2-10) has been issued. Have you installed the new standard yet? Do you know why a customer would want it? I asked some manufacturers what concerns they were hearing from customers and why their product might fit the bill. REPLIES FROM CABLE MANUFACTURERS: Are customers calling to find out more about your Category 6A product? READ MORE
September 2008
Performance in the data center is affected by equipment not being grounded or bonded; therefore, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is working to expand its one and only existing grounding and bonding performance standard, ANSI-J-STD-607-A. READ MORE
July 2008
Contractors working in telecommunications or data communications may find applications of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) confusing. In addition, the proper use of unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cabling may pose some challenges. Furthermore, how the two items relate to one another also can create issues that electrical contractors must resolve. READ MORE
July 2008
Upgrading a copper (copper) unshielded twisted pair (UTP) network to be able to transmit 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) per IEEE’s Ethernet standard 802.3an requires some deliberation. You need to know how the network functions, what it is composed of, why you would upgrade it and if an upgrade to 10 Gbps is necessary for the type of business it is being used/planned for. READ MORE
March 2008
The residential market has been up and down. Now that business has slowed, it may be time to start positioning yourself to participate in that market’s future growth. If you choose to do so, there are a few organizations and standards you should monitor. READ MORE
March 2008
Today, there is a push to save energy and, therefore, money. One of the largest users of energy in a commercial building is its lighting system, which Darlene Bremer discusses in this month’s Energy Management column on page 86. If you approach a company’s lighting usage on a whole-building basis, you will see that new technologies available lead to energy savings and improved control. READ MORE
July 2007
Energy-Efficient Maintenance (EEM) is maintenance of energy-using equipment in a commercial or industrial environment. Since energy easily holds the largest potential for significant savings, maintaining energy-using equipment is extremely important. Sometimes, budget cutting results in deferred maintenance that can lead to additional energy use and reduced equipment life. READ MORE
June 2007
Broadband services have come a long way. The services expanded from simply high-speed Internet access to more entertainment options and voice features over Internet protocol. Homeowners may want to subscribe to some of these services. The problem is their infrastructure may need upgrading, which creates a huge opportunity for the electrical contractor. However, the contractor will need know how. READ MORE
June 2007
Datacom maintenance work today is different from a few years ago. Since there are no moving parts and so many installations are configured at initial startup and not modified for some time, there isn’t anything to maintain. Of course, when an organization evolves, then moves, adds or changes (MACs) come into play. There can be several ways to accomplish MAC work. READ MORE