7 Things to Consider when Buying Ethernet Cable for your Home or Business

Choosing the right Ethernet cable for residential, commercial, or industrial use relies on knowing what requirements need to be fulfilled. Here are 7 things you need to consider when buying Ethernet cable.

 

Which CAT.

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CAT 5 cables are suitable for low-level application and any connections requiring standard Internet speeds. Comparatively, CAT 6 Ethernet cables operate at more than double the frequency than CAT 5 and passes high-data transfer speeds. Above CAT 6 cables, you’ll find even higher speeds on your Internet connection.

 

Size of the conductor.

Conductors are what determines the data speed over long distances. Ethernet conductors are divided between 26 and 24 AWG. Conductors of larger sizes are recommended for long distances. If you choose to use 22 AWG Ethernet cables or similarly alternative conductor sizes, please note you will need corrective RJ45 conductors to compensate.

 

Shielded Ethernet cables v. unshielded.

Unshielded Ethernet cables are used for most general work environments. Shielded cables are made from foil or braid to protect the signal, commonly used in noisy environments. In any case, prioritizing durability and noise protection ensures a high quality Ethernet fix.

 

Cable selection.

If it’s an industrial environment, a high level of security standards are expected. For construction or chemical environments, it’s important for cables to be safe to use. Polyurethane is an ideal material as it has mineral oil resistance and are halogen-free. The type of conductors also matters as solids are great for industry use and standard conductors are flexible enough for static applications.

 

Packet stability.

Data packet drops cause losses of data, money, and energy. When packets don’t reach their destination, this is what a ‘packet drop’ is. When your network has a deterministic Ethernet system, this is the best way to protect packet transfers. High quality Internet services can also be used to prioritize sensitive traffic, ensuring no packet drops occur over your system.

 

Knowing the environment.

Environment factors which could influence what Ethernet cable you choose includes humidity, vibrations, dust, and more. Any of these can disrupt signal transmission through damaging switches or hardware. Overall network performance can also be affected, if you haven’t purchased Ethernet cable to combat the natural environment which surrounds it.

 

Knowing the requirements.

Based on what your requirements are, oftentimes this will be what decides the type of cable to purchase. The right type of cables differs according to industry requirements. A vital part of any network’s success, the wrong Ethernet cable can really mess up a connection.

Shop your favourite network Ethernet cables at PrimeCables. Choose from Cat5e, Cat5, Cat6a, Cat7, fiber optic cables, bulk network cables, and more!

7 Questions to Ask before Buying a TV Wall Mount

Your first time mounting a TV with a wall mount can be stressful and no fun at all. The reward of lifting your screen up for all to see however is well worth the effort for most. The best advice we can offer though – don’t purchase a TV wall mount or start mounting a TV without a plan first. Here are 7 questions to ask yourself before you get set up with a flat-screen TV mount.

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Can your wall handle the weight?

As light in weight as some flat-screens come, they still carry weight which can put strain on a wall. Use a stud finder to verify you have studs on which your mount can hang. Do not use drywall anchors to hang your flat-screen on. If you don’t have any studs, choose another location.

 

Do you know where you’re going to put your home theater components?

If you have gaming consoles, smart TV boxes, DVRs, or other home theater devices, you’re going to need space near your television to put these as well as a way to get their connecting cables inside the ports on the flat-screen’s back. As a solution, many Canadians will install a floating shelving unit underneath the TV wall mount to place these things on.

 

How will you conceal your cables or will you at all?

For as sleek as a mounted TV can look, it can easily look ugly with tangled cables hanging down and stretching across the wall. To solve this look, some install their home theater cables inside the wall. Others will get a power outlet installed behind their flat-screen to plug in the cables and/or purchase something to hide or camouflage the appearance of cables.

 

Do you plan to mount your TV above a fireplace?

If the answer’s yes, we recommend a pull-down TV wall mount which can be used over the fireplace. Please note we do not recommend using the fireplace at the same time that the TV is in use.

 

Do you have all the tools you need to mount a TV?
You will need a stud finder, a drill, a drill bit the same size as the mount screws, and perhaps a screwdriver bit.

 

Are the ports you need on your flat-screen accessible?
Identify where your ports are at. If you purchase a wall mount, you’re going to want to ensure ports are still accessible. Thankfully, there are different style HDMI cables which can get around hard-to-reach ports.

 

What angle do you hope to put your TV on?

The last decision you need to make is what angle you want to view your TV on. Some may find they need an adjustable TV wall mount, depending on whose watching.

 

Shop all your favourite TV wall mounts, home theater cables, and flat-screen accessories at Canada’s own PrimeCables.

5 Professional Musician Accessories you want for your Next Live Show!

As a professional musician starting out in the industry, you must dedicate a lot to your live show. Live performances can make or break an artist, helping them get attention from some of the industry’s biggest players and the audience before them. Then again, if you do it wrong, a poorly planned out live performance can lose your next gig when you don’t deliver. These are the top 5 professional musician accessories to take with you for your next live show.

 

Flexible light

 

Whether you have a set list taped down in front of you or have something else you want to be able to read, a flexible light is used by everyone from soundmen to acoustic guitar players to provide sight in an otherwise dark room.

 

Adjustable backdrop

 

A height adjustable live show backdrop is a perfect addition to a live show, giving you the opportunity to hang lights, photos, images or something else. Simple in installation and setup, this can add a whole new dynamic to your live show and give your audience a sense of professionalism.

 

¼-inch guitar pedal patch cables

 

You can never have too many guitar pedal patch cables if you’re playing with a lot of guitar pedals. When one goes out, in the moment, it might be difficult to see where the problem is. That’s why you need some extras to plug in and get you going when you’re out on a gig.

 

Guitar tuning pedal

 

No one wants to play a live show with their instrument gently out of tune. That said, if you’ve ever done a live performance without a guitar tuning pedal, surely you’ve been caught before having to tune by ear. When you break a string or when you suspect you may be going slightly out of tune, a heavy-duty chromatic pedal tuner puts you back on the right track with your performance.

 

Tripod folding guitar stand

 

A folding guitar stand is easy to pack and is ideal to keep your acoustic, electric, or classical guitars on when it’s not in your hands. When you don’t have a folding guitar stand, you’re left attempting to prop up your instrument against the wall or having to put it in its case. This sort of behaviour can lead to out-of-tune instruments and permanent damage. Do your gig right, with a tripod folding guitar stand.

 

Shop all these professional musician accessories and more at Canada’s own PrimeCables. Prepare yourself for the best possible live performance you can give yourself and your audience!

5 Must-have Smart Home Accessories in 2019 on-Sale and at Amazing Prices!

Automate your home and monitor it from wherever you may be. 2019’s best smart home accessories are just a click away. Having tested these products in our own homes, these are the products we believe in.

 

Smart home hubs and controllers

 

Smart home technology controlled by a single device and a single app. A smart home automation system, hub, or controller connects you to everything in a single tap. Manage speakers, lights, doorbells, cameras, windows, appliances, and everything. Use these devices to communicate, send information, and take commands on-notice as needed.

 

Smart home lighting

 

Control the lighting conditions in your home from afar. As one of the most basic components of smart home automation, being able to dim and adjust lighting can help focus in on certain atmospheres or moods. With a simple push of a button, use your smart home lighting to turn on and off a lamp at your whim, or ensure no lights are left on while you’re not at home.

 

Monitoring and sensors

 

Although we usually associate sensors with security, they don’t necessarily need to be used for such things. Sensors can be used to help control temperature, lighting, and various other conditions in the home. Installing smart home sensors outside a washroom, on the stairs, or in the kitchen can help make things easy.

 

Security cameras and accessibility

 

Security can be a huge investment in both time and money, especially if you’re going for advanced surveillance methods. Smart cameras and smart security systems are much more affordable, arguably provide more oversight, and will absolutely give you peace of mind knowing your property’s protected.

 

Smart locks and doorbells

 

Accessing and locking your home is way easier, when you use a smart lock or smart doorbell. There are many smart home product categories out there however this is an easy investment to make. For those apprehensive about smart home accessories, smart locks and doorbells are a great way to introduce one to the landscape of smart technology.

 

PrimeCables has smart home hubs and controllers, lighting and appliances, monitoring and sensors, security cameras and accessories, smart locks, and smart doorbells all on-sale right now! Depending on the amount of control you want, there’s seemingly no limitation to managing aspects of your home like lights, temperature, locks, and security. Smart home accessories are great for your home and as gifts, whether you’re buying for a birthday or a holiday. These are some of the top smart home products in Canada and there’s more in our catalogue. Feel encouraged to drop in today and check things out at PrimeCables!

Creative Ways VR 3D Virtual Reality Glasses are making a Difference in 2019

VR glasses have worked wonders at helping people play games and watch movies in some innovative ways. Compatible Apple iPhones, Samsung smartphones, and Huawei devices, if you know where to buy your VR 3D glasses, you can also get them pretty cheap.

 

Although the 1,500+ VR apps are fun to download and try, these apps aren’t the only way virtual reality glasses are being used. In fact, in Canada, VR glasses are beginning to be used in university classrooms to teach students about various aspects of anatomy, health, and science.

 

A team at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario have developed several programs to be dissected with VR glasses. These programs include 3D renderings of the body which allows one to peruse anatomy and learn about bodies in ways they haven’t been previously able to do.

 

For example, anatomy students traditionally use cadavers fixed in formaldehyde to learn. Access is always limited however. So using a virtual reality program like McMaster’s, they’re solving a huge problem using VR headsets! Now students can have unlimited time with a subject, learning about the various components of how a body works.

 

This isn’t the only way that virtual reality is being used, either. Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta is using VR for its soccer program to help recruit players and try out athletes. For the university’s soccer program, sitting down with an athlete and giving them a headset simulating a soccer game can help give a glimpse into their understanding of the game and their reaction to certain plays.

 

Also, at George Brown Culinary School in Toronto, Ontario, VR glasses are allowing culinary students to watch their teacher prepare food in a whole new light. Students seated cannot necessarily always see what’s going on in every detail when preparing a dish. Using VR glasses, students get a bird’s eye view of everything. At this culinary school, they’re also looking at the potential for students to take their VR glasses home and review lessons detail-by-detail.

 

Although VR headsets have not necessarily made the big impact in consumer markets like many predicted, so many creative uses are being developed for these glasses. Consumers who have them love them and those who don’t, they’re missing out.

 

The PrimeCables VR headset for smartphones and games is a perfect gift for yourself or someone else, able to be adjusted according to pupil distance preference, head placement, and comfort levels.

 

Buy your VR 3D virtual reality glasses for $9.99 on-sale today for a limited time from PrimeCables. Check out some of the apps, software, and virtual reality opportunities available!

Get Ready as Apple is Testing its Newest iPhones with USB-C for the First Time

Any time Apple releases a new version of the iPhone, the smartphone industry gets into an upheaval about the new features and changes included. If the rumours are true, your old Apple sync and charging cables are about to become way outdated.

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Apple has long been rumoured to be a fan of USB-C charging ports and have wanted to incorporate this technology into its devices. In an era where more of us are gravitating towards wireless, Apple is going with another path. Needless to say, this says a lot about the future of technology products as well as quality of the USB-C standard. Currently, Apple is testing its new line of iPhones with USB Type-C ports included – something which has understandably created controversy among some users.

 

Assuming Apple moves to USB-C, it’s a significant move away from Apple sync and charge cables which have been in circulation for years. Lightning cables have understandably proven to be incredibly popular among Apple enthusiasts. They’ve been in use on Apple smartphones since 2012. Comparatively, Samsung, Huawei, and other smartphone manufacturers adopted USB-C cables in response. Although some might disagree with having to purchase new USB cables, giving up lightning cables for USB Type-C cables could prove to be a positive in the long run.

 

USB-C is largely agreed upon to have the potential to exceed lightning cables in quality. The switchover is certainly going to be a tough one though. Apple smartphone users will have to replace their cables and chargers as well. The most recent version of the Apple iPad Pro has switched out lightning cables in favor of USB Type-C cables already.

 

Browsing PrimeCables, you can jump on board early with the USB-C standard as you like it. We have dozens of USB Type-C cables on-sale starting from $5.99 for a 1-metre USB-C cable or $5.99 for a Palette Series USB-C to USB-A cable at half a metre. If you’re still in the market for Apple lightning charging cables, we’ve got those as well. They start at $5.99 for a 1-metre Apple MFI-certified model or $11.99 for a 1-metre Nylon braided lightning cable.

 

As Apple is moving to a new standard, we all know what Apple charges for devices and accessories. For anyone who doesn’t want to pay premium prices and yet, still nab themselves a great quality USB cable for a low price, PrimeCables is where it’s at. Shop with us today to see the deals for yourself!

Everything you Need to Know about Buying a Smart Home Hub

Smart home hubs are one of those things you know you need for a true-blue smart home. Yet, hubs are something not everyone knows how they work. In this article, we hope to clear up some of the mystery and shine a light on what these hubs do.

 

After you come to be dealing with two, three, four or more smart home accessories, to have full control over everything a smart home hub is a necessity. As you might know, every product you buy to equip your home with generally comes with an app to control it. Especially if you’re blending in products from different manufacturers, a hub gets them working together – all controllable from a single smartphone app.

 

In its simplest form, a smart home hub gets all accessories jiving together. If you’ve previously experienced issues with remote access, a hub also resolves that issue. What that means is even if you’re not at home and you want to turn on your heat or schedule lighting to come on, you can only do so with remote access. Some systems don’t provide remote access without a hub. That’s a huge reason why more Canadians have come to purchasing a smart home hub.

 

Luckily, there are several smart home hubs out there doing a sterling job at helping people get control of their smart homes. The Orvibo ZigBee smart hub supports ZigBee-branded sensors, lighting, air conditioners, TV, curtains, screens, home appliances, and more for $33.85. There’s also the Panasonic smart home hub unit for home monitoring for $129.99.

 

If you’re looking to pick up a smart home hub for cheap, the best deal available are usually bundles. PrimeCables’ best smart home hub deal is the smart home security set complete with a smart home hub, smart camera, and two motion sensors for $67.99. There are also security sets involving window and door sensors, smart WiFi sockets, wall dimmers and switches, and more.

 

Having a dedicated smart home hub is essential if you’re upgrading your home to multiple devices. You’ll want it not only for the conveniences involved but also for the protocols and software that will keep people out from hacking. Protect every device and gain control from them in a single application. A smart home hub is almost like creating an ecosystem wherein every device can engage safely and securely.

 

Get your ZigBee smart home hub today from PrimeCables and enjoy savings you won’t find anywhere else. Have one hub to rule everything!