Should you use Ethernet Cable instead of Wi-Fi for Gaming – read here

For gamers, some prefer using an Ethernet connection instead of Wi-Fi arguing it provides faster, more efficient gaming. They’re not wrong. Wireless speeds are not as reliable as a wired connection. An Ethernet connection provides a reliable, stable connection direct from your console to the router. You’re taking out variables like distance and obstructions, common in wireless, and instead replacing it with a connection and download speed you know is not going to provide any issue.

Setting up an Ethernet network cable can be a bit of a hassle and in some situations, it’s not such a fancy thing to look at. Even so, a wired connection will accomplish two things – first, you’re getting stability and second, a faster speed than wireless. Although some modern wireless routers can give speeds high enough for gaming, if there’s bandwidth problems or instability involved, you don’t want latency or issues with the Internet connection making the experience difficult. Ethernet’s the strongest connection you can have.

For argument’s sake, a wireless connection is prone to use from other users and devices on the network. It has to share that wireless signal among all of them. The more people on the network, the higher the possibility of latency happening. Through wired Ethernet, so many variables are immediately are gone. For gamers who make the switch, they almost never go back to wireless. Normally, a gamer can expect to see faster download speed, better ping numbers, and more reliable connections overall.

For the best Ethernet cable in Canada, shop PrimeCables. Choose from Cat7 network cable, Cat6a network cable, and Cat5e cable. There is no better place to get bulk cable than with PrimeCables, as we offer fast, free shipping on all orders above $49 as well. No matter if you’re needing short-length, medium-length, or long-length cable, we’ve got it.

PrimeCables also has several other gaming-friendly options you might enjoy, like speaker and monitor mounts, HDMI cables, USB cables, various audio and video cable and device adapters, computer monitors, headphones, surge protectors, and more.

Ethernet cable is not just perfect for gaming but can be used for a home entertainment system and/or if you’re hosting a server for a website or web-based application. Anything where you know you need a high quality Internet connection that’s not going to fail you and that will consistently deliver the highest speeds or bandwidth possible, a wired Ethernet connection is needed. Shop yours today at PrimeCables.

Why PrimeCables’ Cables are the Best in Canada – get them on-sale this June

If there’s one thing we know at PrimeCables, it’s cables. We’ve got HDMI cables, USB cables, audio cables, video cables, VGA, DVI, RCA audio cables, network Ethernet cables, computer cables, DisplayPort cables, Apple, smartphone, tablet, and more.

 

Why PrimeCables’ cables are some of the best in Canada are for many reasons. First off, when it comes down to price, you won’t find a better deal anywhere else. You can pick up USB cables, HDMI cables, or whatever you need in bulk for a better price than any Walmart, Best Buy, or elsewhere can give you.

 

Secondly – and this is a big reason – quality. Audiophiles love PrimeCables because they know when they buy a discount cable from us, they’re still getting a high quality cable. It’s not going to be broken, low quality, or not deliver the performance you want. There’s a lot of false promises made in the electronics industry and none of those are coming from us. PrimeCables always delivers on its claims.

 

Thirdly, the cables themselves look great. A lot of the USB cables come braided to protect the technology inside. Other cables are designed color-coded or carry natural aesthetics which translate well to anyone’s home theater space or in personal use. You won’t feel embarrassed, for example, pulling out your headphones to listen to some music on the commute home.

 

Lastly, there are a lot of supportive products around our cables that we’re sure you may be interested in. There’s plenty to look at online through PrimeCables’ store that would complement your new pair of headphones or speakers, or vice versa.

 

You don’t need to spend $100s or $1,000s to get the right collection of cables you want. For as swanky or as expensive other brands’ are, you can get the same performance from PrimeCables and pocket the money you would have spent on something at a higher price point. If you don’t believe us, check out the product reviews and what audiophiles are saying online.

 

There are plenty of people who know nothing about audio who will spend a lot of money trying to get the right setup for them. For PrimeCables, our modus operandi was to get as close to premium product as we can while keeping everything at a fair price point so that families could afford the basics like a USB sync and charge cable, or an HDMI cable to plug their laptop into their flat-screen.

 

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How to Set Up and Use an Ethernet Connection on an Apple iPad

Did you know you have the potential to use Ethernet on your iPad – you actually do. Just follow these steps to learn how to use a USB-C port on your Apple iPad to act as a portal to Ethernet. If you don’t have a USB-C port, unfortunately, you don’t have a way to connect to fast Ethernet. For the fortunate owners of the 2018 iPad Pro and similar models however, whether you’re on the road or using it at home, hooking up to a wired connection is simple.

 

The first thing you need is a USB-to-Ethernet adapter. This will be a device that provides you the opportunity to essentially convert your USB-C port into an Ethernet port. Using this adapter, you can then connect an Ethernet cable to the adapter. Lastly, just connect the Ethernet network cable to the router and you’re good to go. Setup is as easy as that. Now, go into your settings. You should be seeing a connection over Ethernet rather than Wi-Fi or cellular. Prior to using Ethernet on your iPad, be sure to turn off your WiFi completely just to make sure you’re not connected through a wireless connection.

 

The last thing we would recommend doing, especially if this is your first time using an iPad to connect to Ethernet, is to verify you are connected. Simply open up your ‘Settings’ app. Then, assuming you were successful in connecting, there will be an Ethernet menu item somewhere there. Click on it and tap on your USB-C Ethernet adapter. You should see your IP address and DNS. If you need to set up a proxy for whatever reason, you can do so here. If you don’t need a proxy, you’ve done everything you need to do to verify your Ethernet is working. If you do find there to be an issue, simply unplug everything from your iPad and re-connect.

 

The beauty about an Ethernet connection on an iPad is that you don’t really need to do much. Apple products in general are very easy to connect. As long as you have a working USB-to-Ethernet adapter, that’s all you need. You can also re-purpose this USB-to-Ethernet on any product with a USB port to connect it to Ethernet. Technically, it may also work with a tablet or smartphone or any kind as long as it has that USB port you absolutely 100% need. Buy yours today from PrimeCables, and browse other accessories and cables including USB-C cables, Ethernet networking cables, and more.

Here are your Completed Ethernet Types – the Differences between Cat5e, Cat6, and Cat7

In the world of Ethernet, there’s a lot of misunderstanding between what Cat5e, Cat6, or Cat7 cables are.

Ethernet itself is the wire through which Internet passes through. Any Internet cable is effectively an Ethernet cable. Internet network installers and system integrators, they’re likely familiar with Cat5e and Cat6 cables. Both of which are equipped with RJ-45 connectors which makes them easy to swap in-and-out. They are also the industry standard right now, in home and business Internet connections. That said, speeds are increasing and Internet needs are growing which means a new upgraded standard is coming to be. That’s where Cat7 cables come in.

 

Each of these cables operate a little different, with subtle changes in their design and capability. Category 5e Ethernet cables are UTP-style, have a bandwidth of 100 MHz, and have a max data transfer speed of 10/100/1,000 Mbps. Category 6 Ethernet cables are UTP-style or STP-style, maintains a max data transfer rate of 10,000 Mbps, and is capable of handling a maximum bandwidth of 250 MHz or 500 MHz depending on whether it’s a Cat6 cable or Cat6a cable. Category 7 Ethernet cables utilize a S/FTP-design, a maximum bandwidth of 600 MHz, and they carry a maximum data transmission speed of 10,000 Mbps.

 

Cat5e cables are similar to the Cat5 standard however are a little more advanced. The ‘E’ indicates ‘enhanced’. The design involves better low-noise standards meaning less crosstalk interference from adjacent wires. Cat5e cables are the most common Ethernet network cable used as they’re cost-effective, support an Internet speed faster than what most homes are capable of, and are flexible for small space installations.

 

Cat6 cables are a sizeable improvement over Cat5e cables, carrying significant increases on speed and higher frequencies. The Cat6 cable is more tightly wound as well, sports a thicker sheath in comparison, and has other design improvements. For offices, small businesses, and commercial environments, Cat6 cables are recommended as they provide a stronger performance in this type of high-need workspace.

 

Lastly, Cat7 cables are the Ethernet cable of the future and have been approved as the cable standard in telecommunications. They have extensive shielding, are relatively stiff, and thereby, can be difficult to install. Please note that Cat6a cables perform almost just as well as any Cat7 cable and can be purchased at a lower price so if you have your eyes set on Cat7s, we recommend going with some Cat 6a network cables instead.

 

Shop your favourite Ethernet cables at PrimeCables and receive them at a fraction of the cost you’ll pay elsewhere. Also, any time you shop with PrimeCables, enjoy fast, free shipping to anywhere in Canada on all orders above $49.

How to Wire Ethernet Cables

Wiring your own Ethernet cables and connectors can be a good skill to have while saving some time. What you need is, first, your chosen Ethernet cable – whether that’s Cat5 cables, Cat5e cables, Cat6 cables, Cat6a cables, or Cat7 cables. Then, you’ll need some wire cutters, some RJ45s, a cable tester to verify the connection post-installation, and either a punch-down tool if you have fixed wiring or a modular connector crimper for patch cables.

 

How to wire Ethernet patch cables starts with stripping off 2 inches of the sheath. You can untwist the pairs down to what you have exposed. Align the colored wires appropriately. Trim all wires down to the same length, leaving 1/2″ exposed from the sheath. Insert the wires into the RJ45 plug and ensure everything’s connected correctly. Now, crimp the RJ45 plug with the crimper tool. Verify everything’s in place and that the wires are extended to the front of the RJ45 plug. Next, cut the Ethernet cable to length and repeat all these steps again for the second RJ45 plug.

 

How to wire fixed Ethernet cables begins with running the full length of the cable in place, from end to end, leaving some excess. Then, cut the wire to length on one end ensuring some length is left but not too much. Then, strip off 2 inches of the Ethernet cable sheath. Align the colored wires according to design. Use your punch down tools to insert each wire into the jack. Lastly, repeat the above steps for the second RJ45 jack.

 

When it comes down to it, this is the way to wire Ethernet cables. If you’re looking for bulk supplies of Ethernet cables to wire with, pick up your favored length at PrimeCables. You can browse a range of Cat5 cables through to Cat7 cables all available at different lengths. Cat5 cables are sure to provide fast speeds, functionality, and support, particularly in residential homes. In commercial environments or places where there will be multiple people on the network using it in some intense ways, you’re going to require the Cat6 cable at least to keep up.

 

Browsing bulk Ethernet cables, you’ll notice they come in two types – solid and braided stranded cable. Stranded Ethernet cables work better in patch applications for desktop use, as it’s more flexible, more resilient, and easier to work with than solid Ethernet cables. Solid cables are wonderful for longer runs though in a fixed position. Above a ceiling or below a raised floor, solid cables are worth the investment.

 

For all sorts of Ethernet cables in bulk, visit PrimeCables today. Browse your favourites and enjoy ‘free shipping’ to anywhere in Canada on all orders above $49.

Wiring your own Ethernet cables and connectors can be a good skill to have while saving some time. What you need is, first, your chosen Ethernet cable – whether that’s Cat5 cables, Cat5e cables, Cat6 cables, Cat6a cables, or Cat7 cables. Then, you’ll need some wire cutters, some RJ45s, a cable tester to verify the connection post-installation, and either a punch-down tool if you have fixed wiring or a modular connector crimper for patch cables.

 

How to wire Ethernet patch cables starts with stripping off 2 inches of the sheath. You can untwist the pairs down to what you have exposed. Align the colored wires appropriately. Trim all wires down to the same length, leaving 1/2″ exposed from the sheath. Insert the wires into the RJ45 plug and ensure everything’s connected correctly. Now, crimp the RJ45 plug with the crimper tool. Verify everything’s in place and that the wires are extended to the front of the RJ45 plug. Next, cut the Ethernet cable to length and repeat all these steps again for the second RJ45 plug.

 

How to wire fixed Ethernet cables begins with running the full length of the cable in place, from end to end, leaving some excess. Then, cut the wire to length on one end ensuring some length is left but not too much. Then, strip off 2 inches of the Ethernet cable sheath. Align the colored wires according to design. Use your punch down tools to insert each wire into the jack. Lastly, repeat the above steps for the second RJ45 jack.

 

When it comes down to it, this is the way to wire Ethernet cables. If you’re looking for bulk supplies of Ethernet cables to wire with, pick up your favored length at PrimeCables. You can browse a range of Cat5 cables through to Cat7 cables all available at different lengths. Cat5 cables are sure to provide fast speeds, functionality, and support, particularly in residential homes. In commercial environments or places where there will be multiple people on the network using it in some intense ways, you’re going to require the Cat6 cable at least to keep up.

 

Browsing bulk Ethernet cables, you’ll notice they come in two types – solid and braided stranded cable. Stranded Ethernet cables work better in patch applications for desktop use, as it’s more flexible, more resilient, and easier to work with than solid Ethernet cables. Solid cables are wonderful for longer runs though in a fixed position. Above a ceiling or below a raised floor, solid cables are worth the investment.

 

For all sorts of Ethernet cables in bulk, visit PrimeCables today. Browse your favourites and enjoy ‘free shipping’ to anywhere in Canada on all orders above $49.

How to Make an Ethernet Cable | Present by PrimeCables

Have you ever wondered how you can make your own Ethernet cable – well, now you can. Purchasing Ethernet cables are expensive and pre-made lengths can be problematic. You receive either too much or too little.

To get around all those headaches, seek out bulk Ethernet cables which you can cut yourself and connect using RJ45s. This way, you can customize the length without sacrificing any of the design or safety.

First things first though, you need to choose what standard you want. Whether you want Cat5 cables, Cat5e cables, Cat6 cables, Cat6a cables, or Cat7 cables, each comes with different speeds and different costs. To make your own Ethernet cables, you’ll also need a crimping tool.

Now, there are straight-through cables and cross-overs. Straight-through Ethernet cables, otherwise referred to as ‘patch cables’, is perfect for longer wire runs. Then, there are crossover cables which are meant to connect one computer to another device, be it another computer, router, switch, or hub.

To make your own Ethernet cable, cut into the plastic sheath about 1 inch from the end. Then, unwind and pair similar colors. Pinch the wires between your fingers and straighten them. Use scissors to make a straight cut across 8 wires to shorten them to ½ inch from the cut sleeve at the end of the wire.

Now, push all 8 unstripped colors into the RJ45 connector. There should be no short wires. The wires should go all the way to the end. Then, carefully place the connector into your crimping tool and press down on the handles tightly. The copper splicing tabs on the connector should pierce into each of the eight wires. When you remove the cable from the crimper, this end is ready to use. All steps will need to be repeated on the other end.

Any time you’re cutting, crimping, and creating your own Ethernet cable, test them prior to installing. The last thing you want is to have installed your cable only to find out it’s not working and/or there’s something wrong.

An inexpensive Ethernet cable tester can save wasted time and/or effort. Invest in one alongside your crimping tool and you’ll be glad to have it. It’s a gift being able to customize your Ethernet environment like this and it’s exactly how professional installers do so.

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How many Ports do I Need on my TP-LINK Ethernet Switch – answer’s here!

So you’re looking at buying an Ethernet switch like the TP-LINK. Examining the different port counts, you may be wondering, how many ports do I need for my Ethernet switch – the best answer we can give is that it varies.

 

Browsing the different Ethernet switches available, you’ll come across a variety of port counts with some more appropriate for commercial or industrial environments and some better for at-home use. How many ports you need is going to come down to the amount of wired devices you wish to connect. Also, it may come down to price. As you might expect, Ethernet switches with less ports typically are more affordable than switches with more.

TP LINK Networking Switch from PrimeCables.ca
TP LINK Networking Switch from PrimeCables.ca

For anyone who doesn’t know what we’re talking about when we say ‘Ethernet switches’, another name for them is network switches. These are essentially Internet boxes with allow a user to connect multiple devices to the same Local Area Network (LAN). Pack switching is used to transfer data from one device to the next. Ethernet switches like these are perfect for an office, residentially, or in situations where multiple PCs need to be in connection.

 

Now, there are managed Ethernet switches and unmanaged switches. Managed switches are administered through a supported method such as a command line interface. They can also prioritize traffic, meaning let’s say one of your ports is connected to streaming 4K Netflix, priority can be assigned to this port ensuring there aren’t any problems when it comes to bandwidth speed or video quality. Evidently, this could affect other parts of the network negatively.

 

Comparatively, unmanaged Ethernet switches require no self-management. Simply connect through an Ethernet cable and the switch itself will take care of everything else. Unmanaged switches are recommended for home and small office setups that are not looking for a lot of hassle with their Ethernet connections. For networking beginners, these work wonders and keep things super easy and simple enough for anyone to handle.

 

Back to the question about ports now, Ethernet switches can vary from as few as five ports to as many as 48 or more. Always select one more port than you actually need. Why this is the case is because one port will be required to run to your router.

 

Connect your devices through a simple Ethernet connection via a TP-LINK switch. Make it easy connecting a desktop PC with a laptop, gaming console, printer, and more. Shop your favourite Ethernet switches and even better, you can also pick up some Ethernet cables in bulk which’ll save you even more money in the long run. So weigh the possibilities and see how many ports required for your home or place of business.