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Black Box Explains...ISDN Basics.

ISDN stands for Integrated Services Digital Network. It’s a high-speed digital data service provided by most phone companies. With ISDN you can transmit large amounts of data, voice, and video... more/see it nowsignals up to 128 kbps over a single phone line.

The most common (and least expensive) ISDN service is Basic Rate Interface, or BRI. It’s usually used to combine voice and data circuits over one line between small-scale ISDN sites. BRI consists of two 64-kbps B channels plus a 16-kbps D channel to support system “overhead” functions, such as signaling the telecomm switching system to initiate a call.

What makes ISDN unique is that each B channel is a separate communication circuit. That means just one ISDN line can support simultaneous two-way communication for two devices, such as a computer and a telephone or a computer and a video camera for teleconferencing.

If you need to send more data than one 64-kbps B channel can handle, ISDN also supports BONDing for inverse multiplexing. This links the two B channels into a single logical circuit that can support data rates up to 128 kbps.

ISDN lines are terminated at your location with a special RJ-45 jack. There are two main interfaces. The U interface consists of two wires (one twisted pair) and is common in North America. The S/T interface consists of four unshielded wires (two twisted pairs) and is more common outside North America. Unless you already own U-compatible ISDN phones or PCs, you’ll need a terminal adapter to make the connection.

ISDN is the perfect choice when faster data rates, lower prices, and guaranteed data integrity are required. Consider it for high-volume datacomm applications such as Internet access and on-line service, telecommuting, remote-office routing, and disaster recovery. Also consider ISDN for a high-speed backup line—because you never know when you’ll need one. collapse

Black Box Explains...T1 channel banks.

T1 is a digital transmission method for multiplexing multiple voice and data channels over two pairs of wires.

By using a technique called Time-Division Multiplexing (TDM), T1 interleaves both voice and/or... more/see it nowLAN data across DS0 subchannels. The primary benefit of T1 is bandwidth—1.544 Mbps—available in 24 easily allocated 64-kbps DS0 subchannels.

T1 sends data in frames made up of 24 eight-bit words (one word for each subchannel) and one framing bit for a total of 193 bits per frame. A T1 channel transmits 8000 frames per second.

The framing bits on successive frames follow a pattern for a superframe format. T1 channel banks check this pattern to make sure synchronization is maintained.

T1 is the most flexible end-to-end digital service option available today. It’s the preferred service for internetworking voice, data, fax, and video signals across an enterprise network. And Black Box is your supplier of T1 hardware with a broad range of solutions for consolidating your global high-speed network management. collapse

Black Box Explains...Benefits of T1 and E1.

If you manage a heavy-traffic data network and you demand high bandwidth for high speeds, Black Box has what you need to send your data digitally over super-fast T1 or... more/see it nowE1 communication lines.

Both T1 and E1 are foundations of global voice communication.
Developed more than 30 years ago and commercially available since 1983, T1 and E1 go virtually anywhere phone lines go, but faster.

T1 sends data up to 1.544 Mbps. E1 supports speeds to 2.048 Mbps. No matter where you need to connect—North, South, or Central America, Europe, or the Pacific Rim—T1 and E1 can get your data there—fast!

Both services provide flexibility for a multitude of applications.
Whether you need to drive a private, point-to-point line or a high-speed circuit; provide corporate access to the Internet or inbound access to your own webserver; or support a voice/data/fax/video WAN that extends halfway around the world, T1 or E1 can make the connection.

Both offer cost-effective connections.
In recent years, competition among telco service providers has led to increasingly more affordable prices for T1 and E1 services. In fact, most companies seriously considering a shift to T1 or E1 find they can negotiate even better rates with just a little comparative cost analysis.

Typical applications:
• Trunking of V.90 and ISDN remote connection to a central location.
• Accessing public Frame Relay networks for voice, fax, and data.
• Merging voice and data traffic. A single T1 or E1 line can give you several additional voice and data lines at no additional cost.
• Making LAN connections. If you’re linking LANs, a T1 or E1 line offers excellent performance.
• Sending bandwidth-intensive data such as CAD/CAM, MRI, CAT-scan images, and other graphics with large files. collapse

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