Unigroup's June 2019 Meeting Announcements


Networking + Data Center Standards Update
(including: 2.5+5Gb Ethernet, Cabling+Labeling Standards)

Peter Helfrich, Specification Engineer International,

Thursday, 20-JUN-2019      (** Regular 3rd Thursday **)

The Cooper Union
School of Engineering   (*** NEW BUILDING ***)
41 Cooper Square    (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
East Village, Manhattan
New York City, 10003
Meeting Room: 503    (*** New Building, 5th Floor ***)
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6:15 - 6:30 PM Registration
6:30 - 6:45 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

Please see the Fee Schedule below.


For our June 2019 meeting, Unigroup is welcoming back Leviton's Peter Helfrich, who last presented to Unigroup on 16-MAR-2017 on the topic of: Structured Cabling Trends. Peter is a skilled technical presenter who is Leviton's representative to the Network Engineering community (+Unigroup).


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      The Cooper Union  (http://www.cooper.edu)
      School of Engineering  (*** New Building ***)
      41 Cooper Square (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
      East Village, Manhattan
      New York City, 10003
      Meeting Room: ** (See Above, Room May Change Month-to-Month)

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Topic: Networking + Data Center Standards Update (including: 2.5+5Gb Ethernet, Cabling+Labeling Standards)

Related Topics/Keywords:

Computer Networking, Network Standards, Cabling/Labeling Standards, NBASE-T, 802.11bz, IEEE/TIA/ANSI Standards.

Introduction & Description of Talk:

We will be discussing the recent NBASE-T 2.5/5Gbps Ethernet standards as well as datacenter/networking cabling and labeling standards.

Presentation Outline:

Tentative presentation outline:

References & Web Resources:

   Wikipedia on NBASE-T 2.5Gbase-T / 5Gbase-T Ethernet:

   IEEE P802.3bz 2.5G/5GBASE-T Task Force:

   Cabling Installation & Maintenance Article on NBASE-T:

   Ethernet Alliance & NBASE-T Alliance:

   Ethernet Alliance Ethernet Roadmap:

   NBASE-T 2.5/5Gbps IEEE 803.3bz Ethernet Whitepapers:

   BICSI ANSI/TIA Labeling Standards Presentation:


   Leviton Network Products:


Peter Helfrich R.C.D.D. D.C.D.C.
Leviton Specification Engineer International

Peter has been providing consulting, design, product selection and project oversight to the network infrastructure industry for over 30 years. Peter has extensive experience designing cabling systems, WiMax and WiFi deployments, security systems, audio-visual systems, and data center solutions for large and small organizations. Peter currently works with Leviton Network Solutions as a Specification Engineer focused on supporting design professionals who work on global projects.

Since 2012- Peter is part of a team of skilled Specification Engineers at Leviton Network solutions, all of whom carry RCDD credentials. Leviton Specification Engineers provide support to Consultants, Architects, Specifiers and IT professionals who design network infrastructure for global projects. Leviton SEs are a valued resource providing product specifications, technical support, educational seminars, and design assistance. Leviton Specification Engineers also liaison to the entire Leviton Network Solutions support organization including our people and resources around the world. Specification Engineers have a minimum of 15 years industry experience.

Prior to 2012- Peter was a business owner and entrepreneur ultimately holding the position of President of a multi-million dollar ICT equipment supplier, cable assembly manufacturer and field services organization. Peter was a partner in this organization for over 20 years and was integral to the growth strategy. During his tenure at this organization he oversaw the sales and implementation teams in the areas of structured cabling, wireless technologies, network hardware, security systems and Audio Visual systems.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York. Peter has held the prestigious BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) credential since 1993. Peter also holds the DCDC Data Center Design Consultant certification from BICSI achieved in 2016. Peter has garnered numerous manufacturer training certifications in the areas of cabling and networking during his career.


Quoted from the Leviton About Us page:

Leviton is the smart choice, delivering the most comprehensive range of solutions to meet the needs of today's residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 90 countries across the globe. From simple switches and receptacles, to networking systems and smart home automation, Leviton exceeds market needs by delivering innovative products to create sustainable, intelligent environments through its electrical wiring devices, network and data center connectivity solutions, LED lighting and lighting energy management systems, and security and automation applications.

For information about Leviton, please visit:


Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR/Pearson, and O'Reilly have been kind enough to provide us with review copies of some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings. The publishers always ask that the persons receiving the books provide a review and/or feedback about their books.

Unigroup would like to thank both publishing companies for the support provided by their User Group programs.

As always, all of the books will be available for review at the start of the meeting.

Note: Our book supply is currently running low, and we need to restock.


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Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served. This includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and assorted beverages.

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Leviton will be sponsoring the food service for this meeting. Thanks Leviton!

Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!

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