All about the new iPhone “SE”

So if you haven’t heard Apple’s big news, seems they are releasing a new iPhone, or sort of new at least? We have all the details about the newest smartphone on the block, which is available for pre-order tomorrow, March 23rd 2016.

The new phone has been named the “SE” which differentiates itself already by not just being labeled under another iPhone number. Let’s start with the outside. The outer shell is basically the same as that of the iPhone 5s that was released back in 2013. With a 4” retina display, it is definitely reminiscent of the 5s, but fully loaded with some of the best internal features of the iPhone 6s. The size This is great news for you if you hung on to a few old 5s cases, they will fit the SE perfectly.

The biggest draw to the iPhone SE is the price: Apple is releasing this new phone at the low price of $399. At this price-point, the SE will be targeting a few certain markets; teenagers who can’t afford expensive phones, people on budgets who don’t want to spend a lot on a phone and non-techies folks that could care less about having the next best phone on the market. And if price-point is your deciding factor, you won’t find a better deal. There is not currently an Android on the market that can beat this price. The iPhone 6s is currently being sold for $649.99.

Besides price, there are a lot of folks that are attracted to the SE’s smaller screen. The last iPhone release back in November introduced a much bigger screen, which went against the notion of the smaller the smartphone, the better. Plus, there is no denying that smaller phones just fit in your hand better.

Apple gives the choice of either 16GB or 64GB, and the color variety remains the same as the iPhone 6s: silver, rose gold, gold and space gray. The iOS version is the same as the 6s, and it comes with an iSight 12-megapixel camera, as well as a Sapphire crystal lens cover, burst mode and a timer mode too. As for video, the SE offers up the 4K camera that also comes with the 6s. The new SE even has the live video option, which was one of the more exciting updates from the 6s release. The CPU speed will also mirror the 6s, and Apple Pay is available with the new phone too. Touch ID will be included as well.

So, for a much lower price of $399, the SE basically offers you a smaller version of the iPhone 6s. For those of you who have been wanting to upgrade to the newest phone, but didn’t want to use your upgrade before the iPhone 7 is released in the fall, this phone is the perfect option to hold you over until then. It features all of Apple’s newest technology, without emptying your pocketbook.

To Shield or Not to Shield?

One question we at CableWholesale get asked all the time is: “do I need to buy a shielded cable?” So today we will go over some instances where buying a shielded cable is appropriate, which types of installations require them, and what different types of shields are available.

The main reason you would want to buy a shielded cable is if you will be running the cable through a busy electrical environment. This usually means there will be many electrical signals mixing together in one space, which may cause electrostatic interference. This is also known as “crosstalk,” which is defined as what happens when “a signal transmitted on one circuit or channel of a transmission system creates an undesired effect in another circuit or channel.” Shielding your cable also cuts down on EMI, otherwise known as electromagnetic interference, which occurs when there are electromagnetic signals that run into each other in a close environment.

There are a few different types of cable shields available. Any cable can come with a shield, but the most popular types are Ethernet, VGA, USB and other network cables. You may run into a “quad-shield,” and this is typically used with coax-cables only.

Braid Shield: This type of shield is the most productive when trying to cut through interference. These types of shields are typically constructed out of pure copper or foil. Keep in mind that this type of shield can make a cable more difficult to terminate.

Spiral Shield: This is similar to the braided shield; the difference is just that it is constructed with single strands of aluminum wire wrapping around the cable’s core.

Tape Shield: This type of shield can consist of a few different materials, usually consisting of some sort of polyester and aluminum. This type of shield is typically sensitive to pressure, and can be fragile.

For environments that are exceptionally heavy with electrical interference, you might think about a double shield. This will add another layer of protection against crosstalk, EMI and other types of interference.

Everything You Need to Know About the Cat-5 Crossover Cable

We live in a world where technology now dominates large sections and entire industries. Its ever-improving nature means there’s constantly a new device or product being created. One of the most consistently used and practical is the Cat-5 Ethernet cable.

For those looking to connect two computers together directly, one of the ways to do so is via their Ethernet ports by using a Cat-5 crossover cable. Cat-5 is just the name given to cables with four wire pairs that each meet the “Category 5″ specification for data communications. The conductor size, insulation quality, wire twists, and a multitude of other performance characteristics make up the precise specifications for these cables.

The Cat-5 is most commonly used for household devices, and the improved Cat-5e (or Category 5 enhanced cable) is now available for slightly better performance and results. These can generally be purchased at the same locations. Cat-5 cables will run 10/100 Ethernet, or Ethernet and Fast Ethernet. Cat-5e on the other hand can support 10/100/1000, which includes Gigabit Ethernet.

Cat-5e cables are typically used to wire networks that will carry up to 1000 Mb of data transmission through a number of connections, especially if the cables connecting the peripherals will be physically close to each other. The Cat-5e is viable for connecting a network for anything from a home office or family network to a small business. Even some larger businesses use Cat-5e if they do not manipulate huge amounts of data on a regular basis.

In addition to crossover cables, which are designed for networking two like devices (e.g. computer-to-computer or hub-to-hub), Cat-5 cables can also be made in what’s known as patch cables. Patch cables are designed for networking and devices that aren’t the same; examples include computer-to-router, DSL/cable modem-to-router and computer-to-hub connections.

Cat-5 Ethernet cable is certified up to 100 meters (328 feet), meaning it can perform optimally without any deterioration in signal quality in that range. If the distance is any longer than that, it is recommended that cat-6 cable be used. In short, although these cables serve a multitude of purposes, users need to know what these versatile cables can (and cannot) do.

Samsung S7: What’s New?

The brand new Samsung S7 was released this week, Here’s a peek of what to expect.

To start with the most obvious, there will be two colors to choose from; Black Onyx and Gold Platinum. One of the biggest rumors that had been swirling around ended up being true; the new S7 really is waterproof. This means that it will survive splashes and spills, and will even survive a drop into a bucket of H20. While there were many rumors that the charging port would be a USB Type-C, Samsung surprisingly with the Micro USB 2.0 cable.

Samsung dropped a bomb regarding the new camera and it’s addition of duel pixel sensors. While the S7 camera has downgraded from 16mp to 12mp, the addition of f/1.7 aperture plus larger megapixels will allow for more light exposure, therefore resulting in a truer picture. The camera also features a quicker auto-focus, to cut down on those blurry pics. If you are a fan of selfies, there is still a front-facing camera for you to take those solo pics.

Perhaps the biggest news is that you will once again be able to expand your phone’s storage. Samsung did away with this feature with the S6, but it is back by popular demand. The S7 includes a micro SD card slot that will fit cards up to 200GB.

As for the phone’s physical design, the back has been curved, while the front of the phone stays in the same line as the S6. Samsung stayed with the 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display that was featured on the S6; it was such a success on the previous phone, there is no reason to mess with success. Galaxy S7 edge will offer the dual edge 5.5”.
In the event that you are confused about what a certain feature does, or just need help navigating your new phone, Samsung is there for you. Go and download Samsung+ from the Google Play store. This free app puts live chat support right at your fingertips. Here you can also gather tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of your new phone.

International Women’s Day: Pledge for Parity

Today on March 8th, we are celebrating International Women’s Day to help raise social awareness of women’s issues, as well as celebrating women’s achievements. Here is a brief history of how IWD began back in the early 1900’s.

Back in 1908, 15,000 women took to the streets of New York to demand the right to vote, shorter workdays, better pay and an end to child labor. At this time, women where starting to be more vocal about their rights in the workplace. Two years later, in 1910, over 100 women from 17 countries formed to organize and celebrate the first Women’s Day, or as it was known at the time, “International Working Women’s Day.”

While woman eventually “won” the right to vote, there are still major inequalities that are present in workplaces all across the globe. In present day 2016, over a hundred years after IWD’s inception, there is still a gender pay wage gap that exists between female and male workers. This is on top of other troubles, such as sexual discrimination and harassment. As long as these issues still exist, so does the need for International Woman’s Day.

This year is the 105th Anniversary of IWD, and this year’s theme is Pledge for Parity, and is a call for people around the world to focus on equality for women. Join us today in a celebration of women’s achievements, and a call to action for the end of gender inequality.

Fiber Optic Cables Can Connect Villages

Cables as thin as strands of hair are now connecting two villages: Western Springs and La Grange. The cables will save the village money on data transmission, and up to potentially $25,000 a year on the cost of consolidating telecommunication devices. Everything from camera systems to phones are connected to the fiber optic cable. Why fiber optics? The cable is ideal because it’s not only very durable in general, but also resistant to damage from lightning and water.

Cables can make an incredible difference when it comes to speed, and we offer lifetime warranties on our cables, guaranteeing that they last as long as you need them. Here are a few more things that may interest you regarding cable quality.

What’s the Difference Between Cat5e Cables and Cat6 Cables?
Cat5e are used for multi-phone systems, as well as networks. The maximum frequency for this cable is 100 MHz. Cat6 cables are used for the same purposes, but can handle a higher data transfer load of 250 MHz. Cat6a cables, similarly, are used for networks, but can handle up to 500 MHz.

How Expensive is a Good HDMI Cable?
Although many people believe that high-speed HDMI cables can cost $50 to $100, you can actually buy a quality cable for much less in most cases. It’s worth noting that the length of your cable will not affect video or audio quality. There are four main types of HDMI cables: standard, standard with Ethernet, high speed, and high speed with Ethernet. If you need to handle 3D, you’re going to want a high speed cable.

Fiber Optic Cables: Incredible Data Abilities
Fiber optic cables are used for things like connecting villages because of their capabilities. A single fiber cable has been demonstrated to transfer 1 petabit per second. Today, an average fiber cable will contain up to 1,000 individual fibers, allowing potential bandwidths of terabytes per second. While fiber optic cables are reliable and strong, dynamic fatigue can stress the cables over time.
When it comes to cables, it makes sense to invest in quality. Pay attention to the needs of your specific setup and you shouldn’t have a problem finding the right cables for the job.

Category Cables: Solid Vs Stranded

When it comes to picking out Ethernet cables, one of the questions we often get asked is “what is the difference between solid and stranded?” If you are unsure of the answer, you’re not alone. Today we will go over the differences between solid and stranded cables, and which ones will work best in different types of installations.

To begin, the biggest difference between a solid and a stranded cable is the way they are designed. A solid cable has just one thick copper wire running through each conductor, while stranded cables have a few small copper wires that are twisted together to form a single conductor. These design differences are what make these two different types of cables work better in different environments.

Solid cables are stiffer and more rigid than stranded cables, and because of this they can be ran through walls easily, and they are more durable when it comes to impact and abrasion. This stiffness also makes solid cables easier to terminate. However, the rigidness of a solid cable also makes them less portable. Solid wires also stand up to corrosion better than stranded, which makes it ideal for outdoor installations. Cables with PoE (power over Ethernet) use a solid core. Solid cables have also have what’s referred to as a lower “attenuation,” otherwise known as resistance.

Stranded cables are much more flexible than a solid cable, which makes them perfect for shorter installations like in workstations, where they cable may need to be moved around a lot. Keep in mind that stranded cables are more expensive to manufacture, so therefore they are more expensive than solid cables.

So which should you choose, solid or stranded? In the end it depends on what you are looking to do. If you are looking for a shorter wall-to-patch panel cable, your best bet is stranded. If you are looking to run a cable in-wall or in a more permanent installation, then your best bet is to go with a solid core.

So now that you have the differences between solid and stranded down, you can pick which type will work best to keep your install running flawlessly and to give you peace of mind.

Make Sure Your Cat6 Cables are Really What They Claim to Be

Cat6 Ethernet cables — or Cat6 cables for short — are essentially Cat5e cables that have higher quality specification standards in terms of crosstalk and system noise. Except for when they don’t. According to the technology site Hackaday.com, a recent case study done by a Cat6 cable supplier found that many of the Cat6 cables they tested for validity were actually below standard specifications.

The company used a Fluke certification tester on a variety of different alleged Cat6 cables and found that close to 80% of consumer standard Cat6 cables bulk or otherwise did not meet the qualifications to technically be considered Cat6 cable. Some didn’t even hit the lower standard for Cat5e cables, which can last for five to 10 years if made with quality materials.

These are issues you never have to worry about when you shop at CableWholesale for your cable and connectivity needs. CableWholesale offers a premium lifetime warranty on all cable products, taking the mystery and risk out of the equation.

The Cat 6 cable is one of the most popular networking cables in the market today. It is used for networks, as well as multi-line phone systems. With a maximum frequency of 250 MHz and the ability to transmit data at speeds of up to 10/100/1000Mbps, these cables are supposed to be near the top of the line. One of the only higher-quality products is the Cat6a, which boasts a maximum frequency of 500 MHz and can transmit up to 10/100/1000Mbps and 10Gbps.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case thanks to many dishonest manufacturers. As Hackaday points out, manufacturers are really only held to the honor system when it comes to labeling their products.

Whether it’s for your home, business, or anywhere in between, don’t be tricked into buying a sub-par cable for your connectivity needs. Buy from CableWholesale where the quality is always top of the line. And in the unfortunate event the cable doesn’t work the way it’s intended to, you’re protected by our industry leading lifetime warranty.

I lost my Android! Now What?

Welcome to part two of our “I lost my smartphone” series! Last week we gave some tips to iPhone users on what to do if they lost their phone. Today we will focus on Android aficionados. Because there are so many different versions of Androids on the market, there are various routes to take if your Android ends up lost or stolen. This is especially important when you do your online banking from your phone, or if you use Google Pay and have other credit card information stored, in addition to personal emails, pictures and text messages. These are some of the many reasons that it is important to protect your phone and your information.

To start with, we will go over a few simple things that you can do with your phone that may save you a ton of sweat and tears later. The first step to protecting yourself and your phone is setting a lock screen; pick one that cannot be easily decoded and make sure it is one that you will be able to remember. The lock screen is typically found under settings->security->screen lock. Once you get that set up, you have a few different options for adding protection to your information.

There are a number of apps that you can download that will designate a “device administrator” to your phone. An app called “Android Device Manager” is available in the Google play store, and will allow you to log into any computer at google.com/android/devicemanager and track your phone by GPS. It will also tell you when your phone was last accessed.

If your Android is running off of the Lollipop 5.0 or 5.1 operating system it should have a “kill switch” enabled. It only works if you know how to use it though, so here’s the breakdown.

Under the “settings” tab on your phone, you will find a link to “factory reset protection.” It may also be located under the name “device protection.” Under your device manager, make sure you have both “remotely locate this device’ and ‘allow remote lock and factory reset” check marked. Once you have that set up, you can access your phones whereabouts remotely through Google’s device manager page: www.google.com/android/devicemanager. If your phone is lost, you will now have the ability to make it ring remotely.

If you still can’t locate your phone, you will have the option of wiping your phone clean by doing a factory reset. After the reset, a username and password are required to complete the reset. Without this information the phone will sit in limbo, unable to be used, or what is commonly referred to as “bricked.” With your kill switch turned on, thieves will not be able to access your information without your Google account login. Your phone will be virtually unusable. At this point, chances are that a thief will just toss your phone out. You might be out a phone, but thankfully your information will be kept safe.

One Tech Writer Proves that One Confusing Network Failure Could be a Simple Fix

The network Ethernet cable is one of the simplest, yet most effective and valuable pieces of equipment in the everyday technology world. They come in many different specifications, such as the CAT5e crossover cable or newer CAT6 Ethernet cables, but their connectivity and networking generally work the same way.

That’s why it was somewhat surprising that a former tech writer couldn’t figure out how to troubleshoot the problem he was having with his own network Ethernet cable in his new house. Lex Friedman, former Macworld editor, bought a new home that came equipped with Network Ethernet cables already wired throughout the house, but when he went to plug in his modem and Ethernet switch, it worked fine in some parts of the network, but not at all in others.

It’s unclear exactly what kind of network Ethernet cables were being used. That being said, CAT5e cables are used typically for networks and multi-line phone systems. They can transmit up to 10/100/1000Mbps and have a maximum frequency of 100 MHz. CAT6 cables are also used for networks and multi-line phone systems, but have a maximum frequency of 250 MHz and can transmit up to 10/100/1000Mbps. Mega is a prefix that denotes one million and is used in data communications to describe the speed of data transfer in megabits per second and the bandwidth of a given system in megahertz.

“What was even more maddening is that the LED status lights on the switch and the base station both lit up green, and the light blinked on the switch showing activity,” Macworld writer Glenn Fleishman recalled. “If the cable were truly inoperable, neither light should be lit up; some switches will show a different LED color or pattern for a bad cable, too.”

Fleishman gave his struggling friend the same advice he gives many people with similar types of problems: go through section by section and try to isolate exactly what’s causing the failure to happen in the first place. It could very well be a bad piece of patch cable.

Friedman did just that and eventually tracked down his problem. Essentially, one of his connections was causing the internal network to fail entirely. An electrical short in the connection was speculated to be the culprit.

Friedman’s situation was peculiar, but certainly not entirely unique. It’s a good lesson to learn that sometimes the problem that’s causing your entire network to fail could be fixed by buying something as simple as a new network Ethernet cable.