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40 Gb/s (40G) standardisation update for the end of 2013

By |2013-12-09T14:54:47+00:00December 9th, 2013|Computing, Tech Watch|

This short article is our summation of Nexans‘ 40Gb/s (40G) standardisation update bulletin, which reports on the progress of the standardisation of 40Gb/s network speeds. 40Gb/s network speeds is the generation of networking standards for copper-based Ethernet networks, which will then be followed by 100Gb/s; at the time of writing,  there is no formal standard for 40Gb/s networking, where network hardware manufacturers still face the challenge of achieving 40Gb/s speeds.   10 Gb/s Currently 10 GB/s (10G) is the fastest […]

Using the PC for AV distribution

By |2011-12-01T15:49:13+00:00December 1st, 2011|Computing, Tech Watch, TV|

Tea Londons Elton gives some thoughts on the future of home automation, and how the humble PC can play an important role in changing your TV viewing habits. From a young age I have always been surprised how ideas and concepts imagined by the fertile minds of Science Fiction authors and scriptwriters became to be realised as significant technical accomplishments later on. I have come to understand that pretty much anything is possible if we have the vision to imagine […]

Wired networking without the need to lay new cables

By |2011-11-20T15:47:17+00:00November 20th, 2011|Tech Watch|

A key requirement in being able to conveniently access your video, photo and music libraries, as well as use the cool features on your Smart TV, is a reliable and fast connection to your internet connected home network. We always advise customers to hard-wire network devices that remain in a fixed position, such as your TV and various AV components. Wired networking delivers a more reliable and stable connection to the internet, which is not susceptible to interference and drop-outs. […]

Use your SmartTV

By |2011-11-18T14:04:32+00:00November 18th, 2011|Tech Watch, TV|

  If you own a TV, games console or network connected blu-ray player and you happen to have a PC or laptop floating around your home, chances are you have all the ingredients to watch videos stored on your PC’s and/or network storage. There is no need for any additional hardware – you do need to purchase any additional appliance or gadget to achieve this – assuming you have a well designed home network in the first place. For quite […]

A glance at the Home Technology Event (CEDIA) 2011

By |2011-07-01T14:02:55+00:00July 1st, 2011|Tech Watch|

After skipping the 2010 event, the Tea London team went to the Home Technology Event which ends today at the London Excel Centre. What happened to just plain CEDIA? In the past the show was always referred to as CEDIA, named after the The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association. Apparently CEDIA get upset if the event is not referred to as the Home Technology Event. I suspect because there is a CEDIA Expo hosted during September in the United […]

3D Hyper-hype

By |2011-05-03T13:57:44+00:00May 3rd, 2011|Tech Watch|

Why all the fuss over 3D? Before I give my thoughts on 3D, make no mistake I am a fan of well made 3D films, so I am in no ways against the stereoscopic medium. My thoughts turn to why on earth it is being thrust upon us. I say thrust, because I have never heard in general conversation, or even in technical ones for that matter, on when it would either desirable or cool to have a that 3rd […]

40Gb/s networks likely to be driven by cable installations

By |2010-01-21T13:33:57+00:00January 21st, 2010|Tech Watch|

A recent workshop held between some of the major network cabling, connector and chip manufacturers to discuss the development of  copper networks beyond 10Gb/s was held at Pennsylvania State University CICTR (Center for Information and Communication Technology Research) in August last year. Why I have only just recently received a press release from one of its co-sponsors, Nexans, is anyone’s guess, however I thought it relevant that I should share the outcomes of this workshop held between some the finest […]

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