Is it Time to Upgrade your Network Cable to Cat6 and Future-Proof – we say yes!

Upgrading to Cat6a cables from Cat5 or Cat6 cable is unquestionably the best choice you can make if you’re struggling with your bandwidth and Internet speeds. As demand for faster efficiency with our Internet continues to peak, the old Cat standards no longer work.


New Ethernet installations done today should be done with at least Cat6 Ethernet cable, although Cat6a is even better. This is the most advanced Category Ethernet cable there is, perfect for today’s speed and bandwidth needs. Cat5 was a mid-to-late-1990s favourite while Cat5e rose in popularity in the 2000s. Cat6 has been in use since the late 2000s and in the last five years, Cat6a has received much attention for its advancements.


When it comes to future-proofing, what we mean is by installing a high quality advanced cable today, you’re preventing yourself from having to upgrade in the future. And, make no mistake, there will come a time when you need to upgrade. As the Internet continues to grow and use more bandwidth, you need the cable to handle it. Ethernet network cables like Cat6a are your best bet.


Something which a lot of homeowners and commercial businesses forget about Cat6a networking cable is that in order to achieve the bandwidth, network, and speed promised, all cabling and accessories must meet the minimum standard set out by the IEEE. If any single component’s low quality or older, you may not see the bandwidth improvements expected.


Can you still get by with Cat5 cable – not really. The maximum frequency it has is 100 MHz and speeds up to 100 Mbps. Although it may work for a local area network in some commercial environments, Cat5 cable is too slow for most applications and within a decade, will be completely gone. Cat5e cable is an enhanced version of Cat5e cable however and is designed to handle speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. Cat5e cable generally works for most applications, although when possible, switching to Cat6 cable is the better option.


If it’s a new Ethernet installation, Cat6 cable is absolutely a must. You’ll receive bandwidth allowance up to 250 MHZ and speeds up to 10 Gbps. Cat6a Ethernet cable has additional advantages over Cat6 and this includes higher bandwidth up to 500 MHZ, 10-gigabit speeds over 330 feet of cable which is double the length of what its cousin Cat6 allows.


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Why Every Working Professional needs a Portable Laptop Stand

As a working professional in the modern age, you’re probably not just on the clock from 9-to-5. Many are on-call almost 24/7 seemingly, especially those who have a home office, who work-from-home, or who run their own businesses. At any given moment, you may need to snap into ‘work mode’. For those moments, we think a portable laptop stand can help.


A portable laptop stand, first and foremost, comes with the ability to take it with you wherever you go. If you’re on the road, in-commute, or simply out and about, it doesn’t take much to throw your laptop stand in the backseat of your car or in your bag. Keep it with you and always be equipped to use your laptop in the way you want to.


PrimeCables’ portable laptop stand model is foldable and so, it’s small enough to be stored wherever you need it to go. If you’re in bed, you can store it right beside the bed and have it take up minimal space. The portable laptop stand is also height adjustable so you can move your screen according to where your eyes are at.


If you’re in bed, you can set it up in bed and not have to leave, and still be able to type and browse and do what you need to do. Speaking of remaining in bed, if you ever want to pull it out for a movie or whatever the case, you’ve got exactly the product you need.


The grind of being always on-call and always in ‘work mode’ can weigh a person down. Every professional needs a laptop stand because it makes the job easier. It’s not only easier on the hands, wrists, eyes, and body to do your work, but having a physical object you take out and then, put away when you’re done provides a mental ‘start’ and ‘end’ point.


Remember, when your laptop stand is out, your mind subconsciously will click into work. When it’s put away, you can turn your ‘work-self’ off. If you’ve ever been on-call and/or if you’re the sort of person who enjoys working all the time, you still need those moments when you can turn off. In this way, visual cues and physical objects play a role.


This is just one of the many PrimeCables’ products which can help make your work-day a little brighter and that much easier. Shop portable laptop stands, ergonomic office accessories, adjustable desks, and more at PrimeCables, and receive fast, free shipping on all orders above $49. Say goodbye to uncomfortable, cluttered workspaces with PrimeCables. Visit our online eCommerce store today.

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.

Understanding Cat6 Ethernet Cable for your Internet Cable Knowledge

Replacing your Cat5 and Cat5e networking cables is a smart move as Internet speeds are increasing. Cat6 Ethernet cables are far and away an installation you won’t regret making.


Considered the sixth generation of Ethernet cables, Cat6 cables are used today across thousands of homes and buildings all over Canada. Cat6 Ethernet cables are also ‘backwards compatible’ with the Cat5 and Cat5e standard ensuring that any sort of replacement or connection that needs to be made is easily done.


Cat6 cables, otherwise known as ‘Category 6’ cables, support Gigabit Ethernet data transfer at one gigabit per second. Up to 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections can be accommodated over a distance of 164 feet per cable. Inside, you’ll notice 4 pairs of copper wire, used to obtain the highest level of performance. You’ll see that Cat6 cables also carry with them the same RJ-45 connector found on all Ethernet cables.


Now, there is an enhanced version of Cat6 cables which are known as Cat6a or ‘Category 6 Augmented’. The augmented version of the Cat6 cable enables 10 Gigabit Ethernet data rates over a single cable run of up to 328 feet – roughly double the distance the original Cat6 cable can handle. If you have the right speed with Cat6 cables but are concerned about distance, Cat6a cables are added certainty. Cat 6a cables cost a little more and are generally thicker however they’re well worth the purchase for some residents.


As an alternative to Cat6 Ethernet cables, you may choose to go with Cat5 or Cat5e cables. Although they come at a slightly lower cost, Cat5 cables aren’t as fast as the Cat6 cables. Cat5 cables also lack the advanced technology of their counterpart. For the average home, Cat5e cables are oftentimes enough to get by. For commercial enterprises and business environments, Cat6 cables are a necessity as they provide more support and will carry the high Internet speeds shared on the network. The only limitation on Cat6 cables are the length at which they can perform at before the data transfer rates begin to go down. Alternatively, if you’re replacing Cat5 cables, you’ll immediately notice a big difference in Internet speeds as it’s like day and night. Cat6 cables are up to 10 times faster than Cat5 cables.


For high-speed Cat6 Ethernet network cables, there’s only one place in Canada to go and PrimeCables is where it’s at. Shop your Ethernet network needs at PrimeCables and receive fast, free shipping on all orders above $49.

How to Pick the Right Cables for your Home Network

Building a home network, you may be asking yourself what the right kind of Ethernet cable is for you. Some may also be wondering about the differences between and whether Cat5, Cat6, or Cat7 network cable is preferable. For all of the PrimeCables customers across Canada, we hope to provide some insight here into these questions.


For those completely new to Ethernet cables, ‘Cat’ stands for ‘category’. In your home, you probably already have Cat 5 or Cat 5e wire. Although this was once the standard for Ethernet connections, it has since become Cat 6 which is more reliable, has higher speeds, and which is backward compatible with earlier Ethernet cables making it highly adaptable.


Now, Cat5 can still be used in some cases and supports gigabit speeds however its performance can be lacking. When you’re connecting Cat5 cable to a Gigabit Ethernet router, you’re really pushing its limits. Cat6 cable is far and away the recommended cable. It can easily handle Gigabit speeds and also carries with it more specifications relating to limitations on crosstalk or system noise than its predecessor.


Although the benefits of Cat6 cable are well understood by industry players and Ethernet fanatics, there are many who believe Cat6 Ethernet cable is more difficult to install. Its conductors are twisted more tightly and there’s more insulation to work out. Therefore, one must go slower when cutting the cable. Cost-wise, Cat5 cable is going to be a little bit cheaper than Cat6 however in short, Cat6 networking cable is always going to be our recommendation. The Internet’s speeds are always increasing and you need to ensure you have a cable that can handle what’s happening.


Now, if you’re cheap or if your budget is not where it needs to be to afford Cat6 cable immediately, Cat5e should serve you well for now. Cat5e is a little more advanced than Cat5 cable and should be equipped with enough tech to stay around for the next few years at least. That said, down the line, you’ll want to switch out to Cat6 cable to get everything up to par. Thankfully, you can browse all these Ethernet cables at PrimeCables and you can compare lengths, prices, and types according with what you need it for and what you need it to do.


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Cat5 vs. Cat6 Cables – What are the Differences

Cat5 and Cat6 cables are installed in thousands of Canadian households, although few homeowners precisely how they work or what they’re capable of. Homes that need an upgrade may not even know they require one.


Cat5 and Cat6 Ethernet cables are used to connect computers, servers, and other Internet devices to modems and ISPs. As Internet speeds have progressed in the last decade and a half, Ethernet cables have come a long way as well to accommodate the need for greater performance.


Although Cat5 cable has become obsolete, the standard has an alternative in Cat5e which stands for ‘Cat5 Enhanced’. Released roughly 15 years ago, the Cat5e cable provides stronger performance with speeds up to 10 times faster and the ability to travel over longer distances without crosstalk.


Comparatively, Cat6 network cables have been around for over a decade and are used throughout numerous networks. Cat6 cables can process 10 Gigabits of data at a time with bandwidth limited to 164 feet. It’s about ten times faster than Cat5e cable. If you’re looking for improvements on distance, there’s also the Cat6a cable which keeps up the same speed over longer distances of up to 328 feet.


There are many similarities between Cat5 and Cat6 cables. They utilized a lot of the same hardware, including the RJ-45 Ethernet jack. They plug into the same ports and can easily be switched out one for the other. The materials used to manufacture them is sometimes different. Their capabilities certainly vary. That said, there is a standard for all Ethernet cables out there ensuring that no matter what you’re using, it’s compatible with every Ethernet port.


Once a consumer understands the difference between Cat5 and Cat6 cables, their next question’s typically which one do you use – well, it depends. Cat6 cables have better, more advanced technology however if you’re looking to install Ethernet cables in a residential home, you can get by with Cat5e easy. Cat5e cables will meet every need you have, with a capacity to handle speeds your Internet connection won’t even be able to provide.


If you’re a small business, office, or commercial enterprise, you’re going to require faster Internet, faster internal speeds, and may have a lot of processing requirements. In most cases, Cat6 Ethernet cables are going to be the way you want to go. They’ll service your commercial needs better and you also won’t need to replace them five or six years down the road when the Internet’s expanded to the point where you need a faster cable.


Shop Cat5 cables, Cat5e cables, and Cat6 cables as well as all your network Ethernet cable accessories at Canada’s own PrimeCables.

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.


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.

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