The Advantages Of Using Ethernet In Your Business

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The world is largely operating with wireless technology but local area network (LAN) tech is still in use for many people today. There are at least 3.5 billion global internet users in the world (as of 2016) which means that 45% of the world population accessed the internet. In fact, many of them may be using a LAN connection. In today’s article, we will look at the advantages of using this method of connection.

  1. Bandwidth efficiency: Networks are generally designed to use fixed bandwidth circuits. This restriction contributes to the complexity and operation inefficiencies in the majority of the network since the allocation is rigid. Ethernet, on the other hand, is flexible. During peak hours, for instance, users tend to oversubscribe for network bursts, which combined with network rigidity, results in inefficient use of a network’s capability.
  2. Reliability: Ethernet delivers consistent speed which is perfect for downloading large files. If you are working in a field that requires finer granularity, scalability, and superior transparency, then a LAN connection will be perfect for you. Using fiber optic cables makes it easy for your business to scale its need and maintain high internet speeds, and granularity. You can purchase speed increments, adding more as your needs increase.
  3. Flexible network: Using a bulk fiber optic cable for industrial communication also comes with another advantage. Other networks such as SONET/SDH networks tend to use fixed ring-based designs. These designs make it cumbersome to add any changes in the network. If changes need to be made, you would have to configure the entire system. Ethernet, however, supports ring, tree, mesh, and string-based topologies which make it flexible to accept changes.
  4. Low-cost: Ethernet enjoys the economies of scale and low equipment cost which is a plus for many smaller companies. This is primarily because of the large production volumes and the fact that is found almost everywhere. Although its advantages are many and profound compared to other networks, installation and maintenance is fairly priced which make it a great option for industries and homes alike.

Using fiber optics has a lot of advantages for your business especially if you plan of scaling your capability. The flexibility of using fiber optics, it’s reliability and the simplicity of use make this technology hard to do away with especially in the commercial industry where protection of data is vital.

How to Shop for Your Wiring Needs

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These days there aren’t many industries that don’t require some kind of wiring to do their work. We live in a technology driven world where there were 3.74 billion internet users as of the month of March 2017. With all of the switches to digital records and online customer service, having the proper technology and wiring is just part of setting up a business. This is especially true for IT companies and customer service centers. However, setting up a business can be time consuming as it is, and stocking your electrical supplies shouldn’t be your main concern. Here are some tips on how to shop for your coaxial cables, USB cables, and other wiring needs with ease.

1. Assign the Task

One thing you can do to make this process easier is to assign the task to a set of experienced IT employees. Let workers who have a full understanding of the electronics your company uses handle the ordering and set-up of cables and wires. They can order what is needed and set everything up without any serious hiccups while you are able to focus on the other jobs that come along with setting up a business.

2. Shop in Bulk

A set of bulk USB cables is going to cost less than buying all of the cables you need individually. Most places offer bulk discounts, so that is something you will want to keep an eye out for. It also assures that everything will arrive together so that you can proceed with your set-up all at once instead of waiting for items to arrive one at a time.

3. Make a List

It’s always a good idea to be organized whenever you make business related purchases. Not only do you want to be sure that you don’t forget anything important, but you also want to be able to keep track of spending and inventory. Make a list of the wiring items you need such as coaxial cables and ethernet cables.

4. Shop Ahead of Time

Another good idea is to shop ahead of time. Having everything you need on hand before your set-up date means that you won’t be scrambling at the last minute. Thinking ahead and stocking up gives you more time to get ready and to make sure that your business is set up properly.

A short introduction to Category 8 Ethernet Patch Cables

Here at CableWholesale, our aim is to provide you with the newest industry advancements and standards so that you can stay up to date with the latest technology. Today we will focus on the new and improved Ethernet network cabling standard, Category 8. Category 8 is similar to previous standards Cat5e, Cat6, and Cat6a in that they use the same RJ45 connector and are fully backward compatible. The internal features of Cat8 and performance attributes are what set this new cable apart from the others.

Category 8 supports bandwidth up to 2000 MHz and internet speeds up to 40 Gbps at distances up to 30 meters. If you need a longer run, it can still achieve data speeds of 10Gbps up to 100 meters. Another unique characteristic within Category 8 cables is that there is no unshielded version of these cables. They are all shielded. The shielding within the cable helps create a high-frequency rating, which in return provides better performance speed.

We know everyone wants to wire their home with the fastest and best ethernet cable available. This newest Category 8 fits that bill, but its true intended use is in server racks and data centers. They will still work, but are not really intended for the home or office use. As technology advances, the demand for increased data speeds will continue to grow and manufacturers will continue to develop solutions that can support those higher speeds.

Some of you may be wondering how we went from Cat6a to Cat8 and completely skipped over Cat7. As far as TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association) standards go, approved ethernet specifications are Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a, and Cat8. You may find cables on the market that have names like Cat6e, Cat6x, Cat7, and others. Please note that these are not approved standards for Ethernet cable by the TIA. If you see cabling for sale labeled as Category 7, it is likely based on The European ISO standard of Class F. This standard is not recognized by the TIA/EIA, nor do any manufacturers support it on their Ethernet equipment. If you buy ethernet cable that is not an approved standard of EIA/TIA, it cannot be guaranteed exactly what you are buying.

Check out our Ethernet cable comparison chart below to see how Cat8 stacks up against its predecessors:

Ethernet Cable Comparison Chart

Tips for Buying Commercial Office Cables

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Commercial offices require a lot of cables and wiring. There are all kinds of computers and office equipment that need to be plugged in or wired to the office internet. This can make buying and setting up all of the proper cables feel a bit overwhelming. However, there are some tips you can follow to make the process easier.

1. Buy in Bulk

One thing you can do to make setting up an office space easier is buy cables and wires in bulk. Bulk fiber optic cables, surge protectors for computers, and network ethernet cables will ensure that everyone has what they need for the best price. Buying in bulk often saves you money per unit and gives you all the supplies you need to get every computer, phone, and device plugged in properly. It’s also easier to order bulk fiber optic cables than to order a bunch of individual cables, and it can save you some time and hassle.

2. Use Surge Protectors

In a survey done by the Electrical Safety Foundation International, 82% of professionals agreed that surge protection is a necessity for protecting equipment. This is because these protectors will absorb electrical surges from storms or other sources that could severely damage your office’s electrical equipment. Not only with this save you money on replacements and repairs, but it will save you from unnecessary downtime.

3. Hire a Professional Installer

Another thing you can do to make things easier is hire someone to set up all of your equipment and get the computers properly connected to the network. You may already have an IT team together that can do this for you, but if not you can outsource help with this task. This will give you more time to focus on other business priorities while everything is being set up. It will also ensure that everything is properly wired and connected.

Stay Organized

It also important to put together a floor and wiring plan that will keep things organized and safe. Using longer cords that can be routed away from walkways and taped down will keep employees from tripping on cords and will reduce damage to electrical equipment. Also, setting up your office in a way that allows for space and functionality will help as well.

Did You Know? Fast Facts About Internet Speed

It’s easy to complain that your internet isn’t fast enough, but how much do you really know about internet speed? If you have unanswered questions, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to learn a few fascinating fast facts about internet speed.

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When the World Wide Web launched in 1993, dial-up internet was limited to speeds of 56 kbps. Not to mention the only connection was via phone line. Fortunately, the days of choosing between using the internet and answering the phone are over. Now, broadband service has taken over. The internet is an almost immediately accessible commodity in our daily lives.

In fact, as of 2010 Cisco reported that IP traffic hit 20.2 exabytes per month. One exabyte is equivalent to 1 billion gigabytes. Pair that with the fact that as of December 2018 there were over 4.1 billion internet users and you’ve got a global phenomenon.

But is it fast enough?

Fortunately, there are FCC guidelines in place that help determine what can and can’t qualify as broadband. According to the FCC, an internet service must deliver a download speed of at least 25 Mbps and an upload speed of at least 3 Mbps to actually qualify as broadband. So at the very least, you can count on these minimums. For reference, downloading a 50 MB file at 1 MB per second will take approximately 50 seconds.

And the internet continues to evolve. In fact, Google claims its service Google Fiber is up to 100 times faster than traditional broadband internet. We’re already thinking up speedier ways to utilize the World Wide Web.

A Beginner’s Guide to Cat6 Ethernet Cables

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Fiber optic cabling provides large bandwidth and is a staple of the internet age. The genesis of fiber optics was in 1988 when the first cable connected the United States to France. It has become a global phenomenon since then.

Ethernet cables, on the other hand, transmit data via electrical impulses and refer to cabling that connects a computer to a modem for online internet access. These cables have become an essential part of our digital society and come in various forms. We’ll examine one type in particular.

Some of the different types of ethernet cables include Cat5 and Cat6, and their cousins Cat5e and Cat6a. These types of cables deliver excellent data transmission speeds and are relatively inexpensive. Cat6 ethernet cables work well for online streaming when the cable is not too long. Let’s examine more closely the Cat6 ethernet cable.

You’ll want to make sure you match your cabling with your internet router and modem. It’s a good idea to get new ethernet cables whenever you update your computer or internet equipment.

Cat6 cables are an excellent option for internet connectivity and are often used as an upgrade from another popular type of cable: Cat5e. Cat6 costs more but is worth the price whether for first time use or if you’re upgrading your equipment. The major difference is the increase in bandwidth: 100 megahertz (mhz) for Cat5e compared to 250 mhz for Cat6. There is also less “crosstalk” noise, which is a barrier to data transmission.

It is important to note that the distance your ethernet cable covers affects transmission speed. A run should cover a distance of no more than 320 feet. This is quite a distance, so this should not be a problem for the average user. Within these parameters Cat6 cables support 1 gigabit (Gb). A longer Ethernet cable could negatively affect transmission speed and carrying capacity.

It is important to know your internet connection speed. If your internet speed is 1 Gb per second or if you upload many files or stream high definition movies or videos, a Cat6 Ethernet cable will serve you well. Last but not least, your router is a player in data transmission speeds. Don’t negate the benefits of your Cat6 ethernet cable with an older router that does not support the upgraded speed you desire. Also, if you and your family are heavy internet users and connected to more than one computer, Cat6 ethernet cables are the way to go.

These USB-C Products Could Make Up for Lost Connections on Newer Laptops

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While newer laptops and tablets may be sleeker, thinner, and faster, they’re all losing one thing: external connections. The number of ports on new laptops and other devices is shrinking, mostly for design purposes. But if you’re someone who needs a large number of external connections on your computer, these USB-C products could help. Let’s take a look at a few.

Bulk USB Cables

When you’re buying cables for an entire office of computers that don’t necessarily have the USB-C ports you need, bulk USB cables that transition from Type A to Type C can be extremely helpful. Not only do they make connecting computer towers to other USB-C devices easier, but buying in bulk has the added benefit of saving you money. When in doubt, bulk USB cables are your go-to lifesavers.

USB Micro to USB-C Adapter

USB Micro is becoming more and more popular for devices like smartphones, tablets, and other technologies smaller than a laptop. However, sometimes you don’t necessarily have the right cable to connect your smaller device to a USB-C compatible device. That’s where this handy adapter comes in. If you’re part of the 8.1% of customers Apple sold an iPhone to, you may have no use for this adapter, but Android users will likely need it sooner or later.

USB-C Mini Dock

Want a dock that converts more than one type of cable to USB-C? This is the perfect product for you. When you want all of your cables converted to USB-C in one convenient package, a three-in-one adapter is going to be a lifesaver. Not only will it save you time and effort, it will save space on your desk. Say goodbye to clusters of USB 3 cables getting tangled up underneath your desk.

Various USB-C Adapters

If you have a bunch of older USB cables, don’t throw them away just yet. We talked about a few different kinds of adapters here, but there are more to discover! These adapters can help you make the most of the cables you currently have and save you money in the future. You might be able to put off buying those bulk USB cables for a little bit longer this way.

Whether you need new USB cables or you’re itching to try the adapter route, these devices should help you make up for lost external connections on newer devices.

UPS – The Basics of Uninterruptible Power Supplies

Now that Zach has explained UPS basics and given you a walkthrough on models we carry, we thought you might be interested in more details on disruptions, types of UPS, and how to select the correct size for your application.

 

Common Electrical disruptions a UPS is designed to mitigate.

Surge: An intense but brief spike in electricity. Typically caused by lightning strikes or anomalies in the power grid when power is restored after a blackout. Surges can damage or destroy electronics

Blackout: A power outage that could last anywhere from seconds to days. Blackouts are most commonly caused by severe weather, utility power shortages, and power grid failures.

Brownout: Drops in voltage for an extended period of time whether it be intentional or unintentional. Power companies may lower voltage to avoid a total blackout condition.

Voltage Sags: A sag is another type of under voltage, but is sudden and brief in time.

Over Voltage: A higher than normal amount of incoming voltage. It lasts longer than a surge, but the increase in voltage is not high enough to be considered a surge or spike.

Line Noise: Can disrupt or degrade the performance of a circuit by injecting abnormalities into a system. Line noise is often referred to as frequency noise.

Frequency Variation: Can occur when using generators and power frequency fluctuates more than desired. This is not a common problem when power supplies are stable.

Harmonic Distortion: Is a departure from the ideal electrical signal on a given power source.

 

What kind of UPS devices are out there?

There are three types of UPS devices on the market today: Standby, Line-interactive, and Double Conversion. Each type offers protection for your equipment from electrical anomalies. Based on the type of electric anomalies in your area, you can more confidently decide the correct type of UPS that suits your needs.

Standby UPS offers protection from the following power-related issues: surge in power, blackout, and brownout.

The standby UPS essentially stays in a standby mode unless it is needed. The inverter and battery do not supply any power unless the main source of power goes out. The main source of power comes from a utility or power line. The system has a transfer switch that automatically selects the backup power provided by the battery once the main source of power goes out.

Line-interactive UPS offers protection from the following power-related issues: surge, brownout, blackout, voltage sags, and over voltage.

This type of UPS uses automatic voltage regulation (AVR) to correct abnormal voltages without switching to battery. Regulating voltage by switching to battery drains your backup power and can cause batteries to wear prematurely. The UPS detects when the voltage crosses a preset low or high threshold and uses transformers to boost or lower the voltage by a set amount to return it to the acceptable range. They also provide Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) and Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) filtering.

Double Conversion UPS provides protection from all the power-related issues we first described: surge, brownout, blackout, voltage sags, over voltage, line noise, frequency variation, and harmonic distortion.

This type of system works by converting power from AC to DC power and then back to AC. The primary power path is the inverter versus the AC mains. Failure of the input AC does not cause activation of the transfer switch, because the input AC is the back-up source. It provides the highest level of protection because it isolates your equipment from raw utility power.

 

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How big a UPS do you need?

When selecting the correct size of UPS, VA or volt-amps is the measurement that must be considered. Fortunately, the calculations are rather straight forward. First, one decides everything that will be plugged into the UPS for power backup. Once you have decided what is being plugged in, you then have to read some power labels and do a little simple math. You will need to know the maximum voltage (V) and amperage (A) for each device.

Our webmaster supplies a quick example:

Computer tower:115 volts x  10 amps = 1150VA
21.5 in. monitor: 115 volts x 1.5 amps = 172.5VA
21.5 in. monitor: 115 volts x 1.5 amps = 172.5VA

1495

This adds up to a total of 1495 volt-amps. If we were to provide the standard suggested cushion of 20%, our total would bump to 1794VA. We would be looking for 2000VA or higher.

 

But how long will it last?

In order to figure this out, we are going to need to collect some info and do some math. We will need to know the draw of the attached devices in watts and the UPS battery’s amp hour rating. The formula for a battery’s runtime is ( volts x amp hours ) / watts. This formula does not account for inverter loss. The industry standard formula does so roughly by reducing the standard 12 volts to 10. Below is the formula we will use for this exercise:

( ( 10 x AH ) / watts ) * 60 = minutes of run time

For this example we have determined that the Vesta Pro 2000 UPS is our best fit. The manual informs us that it contains two 9AH batteries which gives us 18AH. We know that our max draw by the computer is 700 watts, and for this example we’ll keep it simple and work with that number. We also know, by a little research, that each monitor draws 30 watts.

( ( 10 x 18 ) / 760 ) * 60 = 14 minutes

14

In reality it is unlikely that the computer is drawing a full load very often, but this gives us the worst case for our scenario.

Hopefully this has been helpful to you. And a small apology from the webmaster to his Theoretical Chem professor from uni for being fast and loose with the units. 😉

 

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What Are Display Ports and DisplayPort?

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Computers are endlessly fascinating. They can do almost anything with the click of a button! But if you didn’t have a visual display on your computer, you likely wouldn’t get much of anything done. That’s why display port and display port cables are so important. Let’s take a closer look at these essential tools for your computer.

What Are Display Ports?

Display ports are digital audio and video interfaces on your computer. The ports you see on the back of your computer tower labeled for HDMI cables, VGA cables, and DVI cables can be considered DisplayPorts. These ports are crucial to the function of computers as we know them today — without them, we wouldn’t be able to see anything on our computer monitors.

What Is DisplayPort?

DisplayPort (DP) is a form of display port developed by VESA. Beginning in 2012, products that use DisplayPort logos had to be tested by VESA in order to ensure quality. This has resulted in some of the highest quality display port products on the market today. DisplayPort and their cables are meant to be some of the fastest display connections in technology today. They’re similar to HDMI ports and cables in design but have the ability to transmit data at much higher speeds. For comparison, DisplayPort cables transmit data at speeds of up to 10.8 Gbps, while USB 2.0 devices transfer data at up to 480 Mbps.

Do HDMI Cables Work with DisplayPorts?

DisplayPort connectors are a little bit different than HDMI cables. While HDMI cables have 19 pins, DisplayPort cables have 20. This ensures a very uniform design for all DP cables, and makes DP design unique in comparison to HDMI. The nice thing about DisplayPort cables is that there’s only one variety. HDMI cables, on the other hand, come in four different designs, each with different applications. When you use a DisplayPort and Displayport cables, you have full understanding that those cables will all serve one specific purpose.

Whether you’re referring to display ports or DisplayPort, there’s no doubt these two technological developments have changed computers for the better.

The Benefits of Ordering Cat6 Ethernet Cable from a Reputable Company

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Current statistics in technology industry indicate that there are 305 iPhone sales per minute, which is a clear indication that equivalent USB cables are also sold per minute for charging the iPhones bought. This information is enough to show how cell phone charging cables are moving from the suppliers to the local stores and finally to the hands of the phone users.

Not only are cell phone cables in high demand, but the Ethernet cable industry has also changed considerably. There are many companies out there in the industry that are selling Ethernet cables. Therefore, if you are looking for a cat6 Ethernet cable supplier, you need to put various factors into considerations. Cat6 Ethernet cable is one of the most reliable wires in internet transfer, which explains why quality is of utmost importance.

So, what are some of the factors that you will need to consider when looking for a technology company that will be supplying cat6 Ethernet cable in your local store?

Technical Support

If you are in the Internet business, you’re already aware that this is not a theoretical industry. It is a hands-on business that requires individuals with hands-on experience in handling HDMI high-speed cables. Therefore, every time you are looking for a company to supply you cat6 cables, consider a company that will be providing technical support.

A cable supplying company that is willing to provide pre-installation technical support and post-installation technical support should be highly considered.

Warranty

Although cat6 Ethernet cable has no history of being damaged, there is always a probability that the Ethernet cable that you have on your hands could be damaged at any given time. This means that you should order your cables from a company that is willing to provide a warranty for its products. Most of the Ethernet network cable supplying companies around the country offer 2- to 3-year warranties. In this period, most of the Internet cables will be working as expected, and they will be supplying the Internet at very high speed. How about going to a company offering a lifetime warranty? This means your cables will be maintained and repaired by the selling company for a lengthy period.

Different Categories

There are different categories of Ethernet cables that you can consider. If you are looking forward to dealing with Internet cables, you need to hire a company that can supply all Ethernet cable types so that you can have something different to offer to your customers. Remember that customers are different and they have varying tastes and preferences, which explains why you should stock different cables. If you are looking at cables for your consumption, you would also be interested in getting different cables so that you can leverage on speed and durability differences. Some of the different Ethernet cables that you can consider include but not limited to; cat5 cables, cat5e cables, and cat6 cables, among others.

Bulk Cables

Buying Ethernet cables has always remained to be a bonus to both the distributors and users. You cannot order a cat6 Ethernet cable and expect to get quality results. You need to make sure that you order different categories of cables in bulk and ensure that each category has been supplied as you wanted. One of the benefits of ordering in bulk is that you will be getting discounts and bonuses from your distributor. You will also cut a considerable amount that you would have otherwise spent if you were ordering a single cat6 Ethernet cable. You can as well cut on transportation expenses and save time.

Multiple Distribution Centers

As a cable user, nothing is frustrating, like experiencing slow Internet in your office, but you cannot get a similar cable because you don’t have a distribution center from your local area. You don’t want to get frustrated and sometimes experience downtime in your company. Therefore, it is important to make sure that you get your Ethernet cables from a company that has multiple distribution centers so that you can access them easily.