THIS DRAGON EATS FIRE

Introducing DragonSkin UL 2196-Certified Standalone Coaxial Cable from RFS

It takes a dragon to tame a beast.

The first and ONLY in-building coaxial cable certified BY UL without adding metal conduit AND EXTENSIVE WRAPPING, OR BUILDING A FIRE-RESISTANT ENCLOSURE.

Keep communications alive to save lives. Fire doesn’t stop it. Water doesn’t slow it. DragonSkin protects mission-critical public safety communications, meeting the NFPA 72 Survivability standards, to prevail over “the beast” that is fire in a building. It is the first 2-hour fire-rated circuit integrity cable available. DragonSkin also bends like a slithering creature, to make installation (even when retrofitting an existing building) easier and faster and much less expensive.

It’s exactly what you would expect from RFS, the leader in industry firsts that last. RFS invents and innovates, introducing new ways and bold improvements that so often remain the best approach to solving problems.

UL R40176, E239351 UL System FHIT 1250

NOTHING SLAYS THE DRAGON.

On the contrary. Dragonskin slays all other alternatives.

The formidable, tenacious, fire-eating dragon doesn’t need to carry an extraneous shield or bulk up with armor. It’s built in. Other cables get bulky and less flexible because they need rigid and weighty metal conduits with hefty and restrictive wrapping. This compromises their practical usefulness, making installation time-consuming and expensive, especially when retrofitting in existing buildings. A number of jurisdictions in the United States require NFPA 72 Survivability. DragonSkin is the only standalone RF communications cable that has been proven to successfully transmit radio frequency signals through a minimum of a 2-hour burn, continuing to operate after severe heat conditions and when suddenly cooled down with water.

DragonSkin protects mission-critical communications with superior, built-in performance:

THINNER

Standalone cable is .54'' diameter vs. up to 8'' for a wrapped cable

PROTECTS

Withstands up to 1000˚C (1850˚F) high-heat condition

SAFER

Because it emits low-to-no smoke

FLEXIBLE

7'' bend radius to pull through walls 

CERTIFIED

CATVP Plenum-certified for use in the environmental air handling space

LIGHTEST
WEIGHT

No secondary element needed to make firesafe

LOWER TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP

Smaller size, lower weight

FAST INSTALLATION

Installs like a standard RF coaxial cable

dragonskin put to the test

UL Testing labratory Approves dragonskin as 2196-Certified

Standard 2196: Fire Test for Circuit Integrity of Fire-Resistive Power, Instrumentation, Control and Data Cables.

DragonSkin During Burn Test
DragonSkin During Wet Test

“It’s a tremendous step forward for in-building public safety communications.”

— Dan Leaf, President, Leaf Communications

DragonSkin is a crucial innovation because DragonSkin can help save lives. Urgent cellular and public safety radio communications can reach people on all floors of a burning building. RFS now gives first responders this critically important capability during fires in high-rise buildings where many people may be located above the fire. It’s yet another technological advancement from the leader in total-package solutions for wireless and broadcast infrastructure.

The new cable complements RFS’ industry-leading line of indoor, plenum-rated ICA cables. RFS coaxial cables are recognized around the world for their ability to meet key fire safety standards, including CMP, CATVP, CPR and Canadian CSA C.22.2/FT6 requirements. They are also ETL-listed to UL 444.

UL R40176, E239351 UL System FHIT 1250

Get the lowest total cost of ownership.

DragonSkin installs like a regular cable to save time and money.

Beyond saving lives, owners, engineers, designers and installers will realize significant savings with DragonSkin's overall lower cost of ownership. Unlike DragonSkin, every other in-building coaxial cable is merely compliant rather than certified. ONLY DragonSkin carries the official UL 2196 certification. Furthermore, all compliant-only products are either shielded in protective metal conduit extensively wrapped in fire-resistant materials or use special enclosures. Unfortunately, additional protective measures also increase cable size, weight and cost. Otherwise, these products couldn’t even reach the level of compliance, let alone actual UL testing. Worse still, added bulk reduces the cable’s bending radius, making installation more difficult, time-consuming, and expensive — especially in cases where existing buildings are being retrofitted.

In contrast, DragonSkin stays thin and flexible. This new RFS UL 2196-certified cable is only just over ½" in diameter, does not require conduit, does not include extensive wrapping and maintains its full bending radius. As a result, it dramatically simplifies, accelerates and reduces the cost of installing fire-resistant coaxial cables compared to non-certified options. The .54 inch diameter cable size also means that standard RFS connectors can be used. The cable’s red color immediately identifies it to anyone working on building wiring as a mission-critical coaxial cable.

7" BEND
RADIUS

LIGHTEST
WEIGHT

FASTEST
INSTALLATION

LOWEST COST
OF OWNERSHIP

COMPARE DRAGONSKIN TO NON-CERTIFIED UL 2196-COMPLIANT INSTALLATIONS:

DragonSkin = .54" Cable

Other Solutions
= Minimum 3"+ Cable, Conduit and/or Wrapper

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YOU CAN NOW AFFORD TO MAKE YOUR BUILDING CERTIFIED.

Retrofitting with a certified replacement is finally doable, easier and affordable with RFS’ standalone UL 2196-certified DragonSkin cable. Join our mailing list and we will inform you about ordering. Please complete the form below and one of our sales team members will contact you.

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THE DRAGON AS INSPIRATION
When creating this new innovation, RFS used the dragon as a natural reference point:

Its body is completely covered in tough, shiny scales. 

The scales are densely packed to protect like steel, yet formed to allow perfect freedom of movement.

As a cold-blooded creature, dragons like plenty of heat.