No. 29/2016 (Sept. 19, 2016)

TP-Link - new logo, new message.

TP-Link, the most popular provider of network solutions in Poland, showed up with a brand-new face. After 20 years of operation, the company underwent rebranding. The new logo reflects the opening of the manufacturer to the new needs of consumers. TP-Link sells now not only network devices but also smart home solutions and accessories, as well as smartphones.
"Over the past 20 years, TP-Link’s R&D team has consistently evolved to meet the needs of our tens of millions of customers. Now, we’re embarking on a new journey to meet the needs of today’s connected lifestyles," said Jeffrey Chao, the chairman and president of TP-Link. "As our product portfolio continues to grow, it is time for our brand to follow suit. We’re excited to introduce the new TP-Link to the world in the coming months ..."
The new logo of TP-Link company
The widening range of consumer products has prompted TP-Link to refresh its image. The Reliably Smart catchphrase is the extension of the earlier one and emphasizes the new direction: smart home. The arrow pointing to the center of the circle highlights the company's focus on the customer. Small letters in the logo reflect the simplicity and intuitiveness. More about the logo you can find out at
The newest offer of the company was presented at the IFA Consumer Electronics Unlimited held at the beginning of September. TP-Link showed there the series of Neffos X smartphones with modified Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. Neffos X1 and Neffos X1 Max are equipped with octa-processor MediaTek Helio P10, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal memory expandable via microSD card with capacity up to 128 GB. The battery of the X1 Max model with a capacity of 3000 mAh supports fast charging - the half-charge period can be reduced to 30 minutes.
TP-Link Neffos X smartphones

Photo contest "Engagingly about Antennas" at the finish.

Next week will be the last one for sending the works to the annual competition organized by DIPOL company. As every year, we wait for your pictures with a leitmotiv of antennas of any kind and shape. We also appreciate photographs in which an antenna is an interesting accent in the landscape or an eye-catching element of the composition. We encourage you to seek antennas in your environment and any place you visit. The works will be judged by a well known photographer and designer from Krakow, Mr. Pawel Zechenter. Additional distinctions will be awarded by our Marketing Department. Don't wait till next year for another edition of the contest - you can still send your pictures!
Some of the works we have received this year:
Engagingly about Antennas - 15th DIPOL's Summer Holiday Contest 2016
Engagingly about Antennas - 15th DIPOL's Summer Holiday Contest 2016
Engagingly about Antennas - 15th DIPOL's Summer Holiday Contest 2016
A shelter for Holly Mother
Adam Lukawski
A reflection
Renata Adamus
Artur Dominikowski
Engagingly about Antennas - 15th DIPOL's Summer Holiday Contest 2016

Signal IP camera with motozoom lens - video monitoring of a detached house.

DIPOL has introduced another Signal IP camera characterized by very good picture quality and low price. The HDC-222PMZ K1878 camera is a perfect component for building small video monitoring systems. This compact camera intended for outdoor use (IP66) has been equipped with varifocal motozoom lens with 2.8 - 12 mm focal length range that allows for remote adjustment of the viewing angle from 90° to 26°. Its IR illuminator with range up to 40 m ensures effective operation without any additional lighting. The adjustment of the viewing angle is possible after logging on directly to the camera (via internet browser) or trough the NVR. It simplifies the setup of the system and allows the users to change the field of view on their own in the future. The cameras can be powered from the ULTIPOWER N29980 PoE switch supporting 802.3af standard. With this solution, each camera is connected to the switch via single UTP cable. The video streams from the cameras can be recorded by 4-channel Hikvision IP NVR DS-DS-7604NI-E1/A K22043. In order to access the NVR via the Internet or just Wi-Fi, one can connect a router, e.g. TL-WR1043ND N3253.
Compact IP Camera: Signal HDC-222PMZ (2MP, 2.8-12mm, motozoom, 0.01 lx, IR up to 40m)PoE Switch: ULTIPOWER 0054af (5xRJ45, 4xPoE 802.3af)IP NVR Hikvision DS-7604NI-E1/A (4ch, 25Mbps, 1xSATA, VGA, HDMI, alarm in/out)HDD Western Digital PURPLE WD30PURX 3TB (3.528Access Point TP-Link TL-WR1043ND (w. router & GbE switch, 802.11n, 300Mbps)
The architecture of a small IP CCTV system for monitoring a house with the use of Signal IP cameras K1878 with motozoom lenses

Pentabrid DVRs.

HD-TVI 3.0 DVRs are very versatile devices, capable of recording a variety of input video signals. The update 3.7.40 for the DVRs from the Hikvision HQHI-F series streamlines the support for AHD cameras and adds support for HD-CVI cameras. The kind of video signal is detected automatically and the inputs are autonomous (do not have to work in pairs for the same video standard). Additionally, 3 MP cameras are automatically switched to 2 MP resolution (the maximum recording resolution of this DVR series).
After the update, Hikvision DVRs of the HQHI-F series support the following signals:
  • HD-TVI (any input)
  • CVBS (any input)
  • IP (additional channels)
  • AHD (any input, max. recording resolution 720p)
  • HD-CVI (any input)

Multi-channel DVB-T modulators.

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a digital interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from an HDMI-compliant source device to a compatible receiving/displaying device. HDMI ports are widely used in multimedia players, DVRs, Blu-ray players, PC computers, STBs etc. to provide the output HD signals (up to 1920x1080 60p) to monitors, televisions, or projectors. Digital DVB-T COFDM modulators with HDMI inputs can convert such audio/video signals into DVB-T multiplexes that can be distributed via typical antenna systems to multiple DVB-T televisions.
HDMI - COFDM (DVB-T) Modulator: WS-7992 (2 channels)
HDMI - COFDM (DVB-T) Modulator: WS-7990 (4 channels)
The modulators with HDMI inputs provide excellent solutions for hospitals, stores and shopping malls, supermarkets and electronics stores in which HD content from one or more sources should be delivered to multiple TVs. Such devices are also ideal for MATV/SMATV systems integrated with video surveillance systems - they can distribute the CCTV channels from a modern DVR, containing video from security cameras. The images can be watched on any HD television connected to the antenna system. Currently, DIPOL is selling two new DVB-T modulators, WS-7992 R86702 (2 channels) and WS-7990 R86704 (4 channels).

Fiber optic transmission windows.

The transmission of data via optical fibers is usually performed in one (or more) "telecom windows" selected from the three (or sometimes even five) wavelength bands that are the most favorable for this purpose. The windows have been selected based on the characteristics of signal attenuation in the transmission medium.
There are three main causes of signal attenuation in optical fibers:
  • wave-guide loss - results from non-uniform, imperfect structure of fibers due to limitations of the production process. It applies to the geometry of the core and non-uniformity of the refractive index in the core and cladding;
  • absorption - light energy absorption by the particles of the fiber; it depends on the method of doping of the core in the manufacturing process and its cleanliness; an increased absorption is caused by chromium, copper, iron atoms and especially by OH- ions (moisture);
  • Rayleigh scattering - consists in scattering light pulse in all directions as a result of inhomogeneous refractive index in the core due small changes in the density or composition of the glass.
The selection of transmission windows has been based on the characteristics of signal attenuation
in the transmission medium caused by the waveguide, absorption, and Rayleigh scattering losses
Individual transmission techniques are implemented in specific telecom windows, e.g. DWDM multiplexing technique mainly uses the third and fourth windows. Thanks to technological advances in the production of optical fibers, it was possible to reduce the effect of OH- ions in the vicinity of the 1400 nm wavelength (G.652D fiber) and create another, the fifth transmission window.

Convenience and economy in the home.

F&Home RADIO is wireless intelligent building system dedicated for apartments, houses and business premises. Its concept and capabilities allow for the implementation of functions that so far seemed to be impossible, or available only to organizations and rich people. F&Home is a cheap solution, and its modular design allows for the division of the entire investment into stages spread over time. New features can be added to the system when needed. The initial system may consist of only a few elements (already offering a lot of opportunities for building automation), and, over time, can be expanded by additional modules increasing its functionality to provide better adaptation to individual needs.
A home system can be based on "scenes". A scene may be assigned to e.g. the time of day or any requirement of the residents. Here are a few scenes that may be executed automatically (depending on time of day), or triggered remotely by the users from their handhelds.
  • Morning Scene
    • Switching on the power outlet in the kitchen with connected e.g. a coffee maker,
    • Pulling up the shutters or blinds
    • Switching on the water heater
    • Raising the temperature of the air in the living room, kitchen and bathroom, for example to 22 degrees (Celsius).
  • Evening Scene
    • Reducing lighting to 40%
    • Switching on the power outlet in the bedroom with connected bedside lamp
    • Switching power for garden watering system (operating under additional conditions, such as insufficient moistness due to lack of rain)
  • Night Scene
    • Pulling down the shutters or blinds
    • Turning off electrical outlets in the kitchen
    • Reducing lighting to 30%,
    • Lowering the temperature of the air in the living room and kitchen, for example to 18 degrees
  • Nanny Scene
    • Starting the preview of the camera(s) located inside children's room
    • Activation of motion detection informing e.g. via SMS about unexpected events in predefined zones
  • Romantic Scene
    • Turning off the main lighting
    • Switching on LED (warm) lighting to 30%
    • Turning on gas fireplace
    • Pulling down the shutters or blinds
    • Switching on underfloor heating in the living room

New products

Optical Time-domain Reflectometer GRANDWAY FHO3000-D26
Optical Time-domain Reflectometer GRANDWAY FHO3000-D26 L5828 is an optical time-domain reflectometer used to measure reflectance, estimate loss and analyze events in optical paths. Affordable price and good parameters of the device are the reasons for a wide range of applications in testing optical networks, from point-to-point links to FTTH systems. A great advantage of optical time-domain reflectometers is the access to a wealth of information on an optical link/path without a need for connecting anything on the far end of the link/path.
Optical Splitter: TOS 08D (8-OUT, FC/PC connectors)
Optical Splitter: TOS 08D (8-OUT, FC/PC connectors) A98898 splits optical signal from optical output of the A9885 LNB or from the optical transmitter of the A9880 set into eight optical paths. The splitter can also be used in any PON networks.
High Speed Slim HDMI Cable with Ethernet (v.1.4, 0.5m)
High Speed Slim HDMI Cable with Ethernet (v.1.4, 0.5m) H1003 has small dimensions and reduced minimum bending radius. The use of the cable solves problems such as limited space behind the connected device or dense packing of HDMI inputs, as well can improve the aesthetic qualities of the connection. The cable transmits both digital video and audio, without any loss in quality and has Ethernet channel.

Worth reading

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Mechanical splice ULTIMODE FAST-MS1 L5550
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