• Are you an Electrician?


    Free and available to all electricians, mySchneider Electrician portal helps you to save time and make life easier with everything you need in one place.

    Through the portal you can apply to join our Electrician Partner Programme, a free scheme supporting the smaller electrical contractor working primarily in the residential and light commercial sectors.


    Check out their brochure here:

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    Register here:



  • This deal is FIREEEEEE!

    IgniteNet™’s SkyFire™ is the world’s first outdoor dual-radio (dual-band concurrent) AP/CPE/PTP featuring the newest wireless and cloud technologies. The SkyFire™ AC contains 2 ultra-high powered 2x2 MIMO radios with one 802.11ac (5GHz) radio and one 802.11n (2.4GHz) radio capable of delivering blisteringly fast wireless speeds.

    Designed for outdoor applications, IgniteNet's Skyfire AC1200 dualband WiFi PoE Access Point contains 2 ultra high-powered 2 x2 MIMO radios offering simultaneous operation in the 2.4 GHz and 5GHz band. The SF-AC1200-2-UK has 1 x gigabit Ethernet port supporting 24V/1A passive PoE, 2 x 10/100 ports and a USB port. It has a robust weather-resistant hybrid metal/plastic casing with a wide operating temperature range -40C/+70C to withstand the harshest environmental conditions.

    It can operate in AP/PTP/CPE mode as a stand-alone access point, or as a co-ordinated cloud-managed AP. It is cloud-enabled out of the box allowing for easy, highly scalable installation, configuration and management. Unlike traditional WiFi systems that use either a hardware controller or ask you to load and host software, IgniteNet will host your cloud platform for you. Simply login and register for your free cloud, add the serial number and MAC address of your device, and your AP will register to your cloud once it has a connection to the internet. There is no physical controller, no cloud key, no ongoing licence costs.

    Your first 2 devices are free, thereafter you can have UNLIMITED devices for a small annual subscription of less than £90. With a multi-level dashboard you have full control of configuration right down to the device level with live device stats, email alerts, historical data logging, and maintenance features such as batch firmware upgrade/configuration changes. Band steering, Hotspot support, bandwidth management and network isolation are just some of the many advanced features available to you on the cloud.

    For cost-effective cloud-managed WiFi go to and register on IgniteNet's hosted cloud platform for free. "IgniteNet's management interface is among the best we've used and the company's access point hardware is great value" (5 stars) CloudPro Review Nov 2016

    And for the month of MARCH - you can get the SKYFIRE BOGOF! So grab yourself a bargain and buy a unit and get a unit for FREEEEEEEEE!


  • Austin Hughes NEW PRODUCTS!

    Rack level access security is critically important for all data centres and server rooms. Austin Hughes has therefore increased its InfraSolution rack smart card access control range with the addition of a S-700 Stand-alone Digital Handle.

    • Sophisticated Keypad with Colour LED: Advanced touchscreen numerical key pad is combined with a smart card access sensor. To gain access to the rack the user must present an authorised smart card before entering a 6-digit code on the numerical keypad.
    • Designed for Third Party Racks: The digital handle is an intelligent design and suits the universal mounting cut out found on most third-party racks and cabinets, negating the need for costly or complicated door customisation.
    • Simple Installation: The key hardware components for each rack consists of a pair of digital handles, a numerical key pad and cable accessories and can be easily installed.
    • Dual Locking System: The mechanical lock can be used to override the electronic lock to release or lock the handle.
    • Smart Card Options: Smart card handles are available with either Proximity or MiFARE compatible readers. Alternatively, User’s existing smart cards can also be used if required.
    • Affordable Rack Security Upgrade: The InfraSolution S-700 Digital access control solution provides an affordable upgrade to standard locks (where most racks are supplied with the same key number to multiple clients). The solution is also supplied with free and user-friendly software.


  • Security: A New Range Of LILIN Products

    CMS now sell a huge range of LILIN products. We realise that IT Infrastructure is more than just cables and so this year we are focusing more on "solutions"- how to make Installers jobs easier. This means being able to find EVERYTHING needed for an install and having them to hand in our fully stocked trade counter.


    Some of these products include; 3 Series Standalone Network Video Recorder, Internal Mini Dome Cameras, External Vandal Resistant Cameras and External Bullet Cameras. However, if you see a LILIN product online, then please call your Account Manager to see what they can arrange.


    Alot of products in the new range contain Advanced IVS which includes tamper detection, object counting, tripwire, audio and perimeter software for increase security.


    Now you can view and control LILIN IP cameras via their free mobile App for Android and iOS. LILINViewer makes it easy not only to view but also control your IP cameras remotely, meaning you can activate 2-way audio, trigger DI/DO’s or even move the camera. If you are connected to an NVR or camera with an SD card installed, as well as viewing cameras in HD, playback is also available and made easy with a simple search bar.


    Check out our top LILIN products here: or CALL your Account Manager on 01252 379379 to discuss more. 


  • MASSIVE Dymo Labelling Promotion!

    End frustration and simplify labelling with the DYMO XTL 500. A life-like on screen print preview shows exactly how labels will look when applied to cables, pipes and more. Built-in label applications make getting started easy and a colour touch screen makes positioning text, barcodes and images on labels faster. A variety of pre-loaded label templates and a built-in auto cutter ensure perfect formatting to save time. Prints pre-sized and continuous labels from 6mm up to 54mm, including safety signage, and heat-shrink tubes in a full range of UL rated materials and colours. PC connectivity and free DYMO ID software for importing data directly from Microsoft Excel or databases. The XTL 500 gives you industrial strength labelling versatility with 3 year limited warranty. Click here to find out more:







    RHINO™ 5200 protective bumper kit Includes; Hard carrying case, 1x 19mm RHINO™ white flexible nylon tape, 1x 19mm RHINO™ white permanent polyester tape, Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack and a Mains adaptor. Rhino™ 5200 Rugged, versatile, and packed with time-saving features, the Rhino™ 5200 meets key ANSI and TIA/EIA 606-A labeling standards – and can label up to 77% faster than the competition. Just press a proprietary Rhino “Hot Key” to automatically size, space and format text for perfect patch panel labels - then press another to print matching cable flags or face plate tabs, without retyping. It’s just as easy to print module and fixed-length labels, horizontal and vertical wire wraps, terminal and 110 blocks and much more. Print Code 39 and Code 128 barcodes. Access 100+ industry symbols, fractions, and punctuation marks with a few quick keystrokes. Add the optional quick-charging lithium-ion battery for uninterrupted productivity. Click here to find out more:






    Dymo XTL™ labels are durable and made for a variety of surfaces. Whether you are labelling to OSHA, ISO and ANSI colour standards or labelling in harsh conditions, Dymo XTL labels have you covered. Jobsite-tested and UL-recognized, these labels won’t smear or fade. Compatible with DYMO XTL label makers. Click here to find out more:









    *Valid on: Dymo Rhino – 5200 Handheld Label Maker Kit, Dymo XTL – 500 Label Maker Kit Case and Dymo XTL Labels

  • CMS Plc

    CMS plc is a leading UK distributor of IT Infrastructure, Networking, Security and AV solutions. For over 20 years, the company has provided products from leading manufacturers. With its head office, distribution center and fully stocked trade counter located in Farnborough, Hampshire, the company is well positioned to provide excellent customer service on a nationwide basis.

    For more information please call + 44 (0)1252-379379 or email us on

    Alternatively visit our website on

    Marketing Contact:

    Eloise Speight

    Tel: 01252 379379


    Please feel free to contact Eloise with any marketing queries you may have.

  • Introducing The New CMS Website


    We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new website.

    As you will notice, the new-look site has had a fresh make-over in the design and layout of pages, and has also received a lot of work behind-the-scenes on the structure, making the navigation much clearer and simpler for you.


    The update also includes the implementation of customer pricing. This means that CMS trade account customers will now be able to receive their trade pricing online for the first time. No longer will you have to wait to speak to a member of our sales team to place an order –  orders can be made during out-of-office hours and at your convenience.

    The updated site is also mobile responsive, so you are now able to easily order products on-the-go.


    Alongside this, some new and exciting functions have been added, including the option to request a quote, leave reviews for products and to ask advice with the new ‘ask us a question’ ability.


    We hope you like the changes and if you have any feedback, please let us know.


  • Infrastructure Solutions Seminar

    CMS held a seminar for customers on ‘An Insight into Infrastructure Solutions’ at The Belfry in the West Midlands last Thursday 6th October. Customers were invited to listen to speakers from Corning, Eaton and Fluke Networks.

    James Dietrich (UK Sales Manager) and Tony Robinson (EMEA Marketing Manager) spoke about Corning’s leading expertise in Fibre, and how they are intent on innovation to keep their Fibre to the highest specification. In particular, emphasis was put on Corning’s EDGE and EDGE8 solutions, demonstrating to the attendees the benefits in high density fibre optic cabling, especially for data centre solutions.

    Customers were also made aware about Corning’s shielded Copper solution, specifically for Cat 5e, 6 and 6a in the LAN & Data Centre environment. Corning Copper cable is flame retardant, easy to deploy, and needs no tools to unwind. The Corning Copper solution is available at CMS for extremely good prices, click here to be taken to the solution page.

    Eaton based their presentation on their Power Management and Racks. Gary Bowdler (Business Development Manager) began by speaking about Eaton’s Power Management solutions for small and medium Datacentres. When speaking about the Rack Mounted 5PX UPS, Gary drew attention to the performance and efficiency of the UPS which boasts up to 99% efficiency. The ranges of UPS’ are specifically designed for Virtualized IT environments and with new virtual environments and cloud computing, IT managers are facing new challenges. With unmatched ‘evolution’ capabilities, the 9PX UPS is already future-proof.

    In reference to the RE Series Racks, Gary highlighted the main features and accessibility of the racks. The RE Series accommodates both vertical and horizontal cable management giving the customer the option to manage their Data Centre in the most efficient way possible. Eaton brought along a RE Series 27U rack to show customers just how accessible the rack is, and how it is made specifically to make the installers life easier. To see the full range of Eaton products please click here.

    Nigel Hedges (Distributor Account Manager) from Fluke Networks held a live demo of the Fluke Versiv Unit. Showing the customers how Copper and Fibre can be tested live using LinkWare Live. LinkWare Live is a Software as a Service from Fluke Networks for cabling professionals managing multiple projects that quickly, easily and affordably provides unmatched job visibility and superior project control from anywhere at anytime

    LinkWare Live provides an easy to read dashboard that shows an overview of the project status and a project activity to ensure projects are completed on time. It removes the hurdles in data management by giving the ability to directly upload and consolidate test results from multiple testers. Nigel managed to demonstrate how quickly you can validate projects and test results in real-time with browser based ease to avoid any future rework due to incorrect testing or missing test results. To find out more on the Versiv range, click here.

    A very big thank you to all of the attendee’s, we hope you enjoyed the seminar and found it of interest.

    Eaton Presentation - Gary Bowdler
  • Technically Speaking: Encircled Flux


    In fibre optic loss testing, the most important condition is properly setting the 0-decibel (dB) reference with the light source, power meter and reference cables. Conditioning the light from the light source to and through the launch cable has never been an exact science.

    When you couple a fibre launch cable to a source, there is a lot of variability in what the light output of the launch cable looks like; that variability can make a big difference in a loss measurement. When using different light sources 50% differences in loss measurement were common, so something had to be done. It is however complex because of the core structure in the MM fibre and the variability of the light-emitting diodes (LED).

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    This complexity has led to a bit of controversy over how to condition sources properly so international standards groups came up with a new way of testing “encircled flux” (EF), which was adopted into U.S. and international standards.

    Different types of light sources produce different types of launch conditions. For example, a light emitting diode (LED) overfills a multimode fibre with too many mode groups while a laser under fills a multimode fibre with not enough mode groups. Over filling a fibre tends to produce link-loss measurements that are too high while under filling a fibre tends to produce link-loss measurements that are too low.

    In other words, certification tests involving under filled launches that can obscure actual high-loss events such as misaligned connectors, which can lead to false “pass” results, that may ultimately hamper cabling infrastructure performance.

    So Encircled Flux (EF) is a multimode launch-condition metric that serves to  alleviate these problems. Its first intention is to reduce link-loss variation when using different light sources so test results are similar, independent of the supplier. This variation has been limited to ± 10% for link loss higher than 1 dB. EF was developed to keep up with components used in high-speed networks, e.g. 10/40/100-Gbit Ethernet. It was not until high-speed transmission over multimode fibre became a reality that EF measurements became important.

    In conclusion, when testing MM fibre networks use an EF compliant source with a tuned reference cord that strips out the unwanted modes.

    Geoff Day - CMS Technical Manager

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