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The Terminology for Wired and Wireless Clocks [VIDEO]

Posted by Aron Levandowski on May 10, 2017 3:05:10 PM

At a quick glance, you may not notice the characteristics of the clock in your classroom, office, or facility. Would you be able to tell if the clock next to your desk is a wired or wireless system? You probably have no idea and quite honestly why would you if that clock is doing a great job with keeping accurate time. The terminology isn’t something you pay attention to, but that’s what we’re here for. In this video, we explain the terminology you should know for wired and wireless clocks, making your decision to purchase a system or repair a system that much better informed.


Defining Wired and Wireless Clocks

We’ve talked about the difference between wired and wireless clocks before, but how do we define the terminology? Unlike other wired and wireless devices, clocks get their terminology not from their power, but from how they get their time signal. That can be confusing since when you see a wire coming from the back of a clock, you’re going to assume that it is a wired system. However, it can still be considered a wireless clock because it all depends on how it gets the signal.

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Where Does The Signal Come From?

Wired clocks get both their time and signal from the cables that connect them. Power over Ethernet (PoE) is one example of that. The Ethernet cable connects in the back, giving it both power and signal from that cable.

Wireless clocks are a little bit different as they get their signal from a radio frequency. For Wi-Fi clocks, they get it from a localized frequency, similar to your internet at home and work. The clock could still get power from a cable, but it all depends on how it gets its signal.

Go Completely Wireless

If you want to be completely wireless, with not even a power cable coming from your clock, then you may choose to go with a battery pack that contains multiple batteries lasting up to five years. This is extremely helpful if you need a clock somewhere with limited or no electrical outlets. This is also a nice way to keep your clocks looking completely clean without any cables to deal with.

So next time you see a clock on the wall, not only check the time to make sure you’re not late, but also take a closer look to see if you can tell whether it’s a wired or wireless system. They may get their signal different ways, but they’re all trying to do the same thing: keep you on time and living an efficient life.

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Topics: Videos, Wi-Fi Clock Systems, Wireless Clock Systems

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