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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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HDTV Antenna Selection Guide

On the average HDTV antenna in Canada, you have the potential to get anywhere from 4 to more than 20 channels. Some of what you can expect to find in channels over-the-air from an antenna include Canadian favourites like CTV and Global, and the big six American networks which are ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, and The CW.

PrimeCables’ HDTV antenna selection guide hopes to give some insight into what channels are accessible and what’s possible using your antenna. Now, if you live in a metropolitan area, you’re going to be able to access more channels than if you are living in a rural area. That’s because you will be closer to local broadcast towers. Similarly, if you’re located closer to the US-Canada border, you’re likely to pick up more American stations as well compared to residents further up north.

Now there are indoor and outdoor TV antennas. Indoor antennas work well and can have pretty good range however they are usually not as powerful as outdoor HDTV antennas can be. Depending on what your budget is and whether you want to install something on the outside of your home, one of these options may appeal more than the other.

After you have your antenna in hand and it’s ready to set up, you need to locate where the nearest broadcast tower is. This is where your antenna is going to need to be pointed towards. Thankfully, this information is easily found online. If you have a single tower near you, it’s easy to angle your HDTV antenna in accordance with it. If you have multiple towers and you want to capture stations from both, you may need a multi-directional bay-type antenna. These multi-directional antennas are usually strictly manufactured for outdoor use – another reason why outdoor HDTV antennas often come recommended.

In browsing different antennas, you may see terms like UHF, VHF, etc. In North America, over 75 percent of all over-the-air TV signals are broadcast using UHF signals while 23 percent use high-VHF and the remaining 2 percent uses low-VHF. Keep this in mind when examining the channels which are possible to receive in your area as they will oftentimes indicate what frequency the channel is using.

After you have the right HDTV antenna for the frequencies you want and you know where the broadcast tower, all that’s left to do is install it in an appropriate location and scan your TV for channels. Shop your HDTV antenna with PrimeCables today.

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.

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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.

5 Tricks to get the Best Reception with your TV Antenna

Correct placement of your TV antenna, whether you’re working with an indoor or outdoor antenna, is what’s going to yield the best reception. For some quick tricks and tips on how to maximize your channel pick-up on your TV antenna, here are five things to keep in mind.

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Locate the broadcast towers.

If you don’t know where to aim your antenna, you could be getting as less as half as much channels as you could. Aim your antenna in the direction of the broadcast tower. There are sites online showing where the broadcast tower is in various Canadian regions which can help.

 

Place your HDTV antenna near a window.

The less obstructions between your antenna and the broadcast towers, the better. Yes, ceilings and thick walls count as obstructions. Placing your indoor HDTV antenna near a window is your best bet. They’re your best chance at getting a clean line of sight however beware of heat absorption from the sun which could damage your antenna by bending or warping.

 

Place your antenna high.

To get the best reception, place your HDTV antenna as high as you can. This is why outdoor antennas pick up more channels typically than the indoor alternative. If your TV’s down in a basement, consider placing your antenna on a higher floor with a longer coaxial cable heading down.

 

Keep your antenna away from metal.

Metal can cause interference with the digital signal and block reception. If you place your HDTV antenna near metal burglar bars, a metal bug screen outside the window, or anything metal in close proximity, you may run into trouble. Furthermore, if you have a metal roof, installing an antenna in an attic space or on your roof is unlikely to yield the best results.

 

Testing different placements.

Plugging in your antenna and receiving maximum channel pick-up is unlikely. You may have to experiment a little. Test different locations and find the position you like best. Receiving the best reception, you’re going to need to move things around, scan, re-scan, and keep going.

 

TV antennas from PrimeCables are a cord cutters’ delight! Pick up free, over-the-air TV just like thousands of other Canadians are doing. It comes with no monthly bill, and you can save hundreds of dollars off your utility bills by getting rid of your cable or satellite subscription. There’s no need to mess around with the rising costs of cable TV. Instead, become a cord cutter and choose an HDTV antenna from PrimeCables.

Why you Need a Cordless Tire Inflator for your Next Highway Trip

Imagine being out on the road and your tires are a little low on air, being able to fill them right then and there is a luxury. What if a tire blows out and you throw on your replacement only to discover it needs some extra air. A cordless tire inflator can be the difference between driving dangerous and equipped for the road, and risking it.

 

Shopping a cordless tire inflator, you’ll find it’s the most convenient way to fill your tire. It’s portable so you can toss it in your trunk and not have to worry about it until you need it. It’s automatic so it’s easy to use. The PrimeCables’ model also comes with a digital pressure gauge allowing you to see where your tire pressure is at while you’re filling it. The flexible hose gives you the chance to angle it as needed, the comfortable grip makes is easy to handle, and the bright LED light can illuminate a dark road and help navigate your way around the tire.

 

When your tires aren’t filled properly with enough air, it increases the risk of an auto accident. Adding air without a compressor however is near impossible. Handheld cordless tire inflators’ compressors run on rechargeable batteries which are identical to the ones found in power tools like cordless power drills. The great thing about buying a tire inflator like this is that they usually have an adapter with them that also allows you to re-fill basketballs, footballs, high-pressure bicycle tires, and similar items. There may even be adaptability to use your cordless inflator on inflatables like beach balls and pool toys.

 

For when you need something to top off tire pressure, these work extremely well. You won’t have any issue adding more pressure on what you already got going, inflating up to 100 psi at low volume. If you’re working from a completely deflated tire, for argument’s sake, a cordless tire inflator could work to inflate one of these although they’re not necessarily built for this purpose. Inflators are prone to getting hot and continuous operation could cause it to overheat. Anyone inflating completely flat tires are recommended to seek out a larger compressor with a tank reservoir.

 

Needless to say, these gadgets are good to have around. As a driver, you never know when you might need them. Buy your cordless tire inflator from PrimeCables today and receive fast, free shipping to anywhere in Canada.

When you’re Active at Work with a Sit-Stand Desk, you get Several Health Benefits!

Did you know sitting for longer than thirty minutes can increase your diabetes risk significantly – keeping your body active as an office worker has never been more important. Any time a desk worker gets up off their butt, they activate their muscles and get blood flowing again. Doing this regularly is all it takes to combat any sort of health risks associated with prolonged sitting.

 

One of the best ways to encourage an office worker to keep themselves physically engaged is through ergonomic sit-standing desks. The average adult requires at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per week to combat the risk of obesity. Unfortunately, between office work, commuting, TV and media watching, and sitting down to eat, the majority of us are sitting all day long.

 

All it takes to keep you physically engaged is switching up your position. Frequently doing so improves metabolism, triglyceride levels, BMI, and waist circumference. Active workstations like ergonomic desks are finding their way into workplace culture for their ability to give employees the opportunity to stay active in a single location. Everyone from Hollywood celebrities like Dwayne Johnson to upper-level corporate managers across the world are using these desks to keep themselves in tip top shape. There’s no reason everyday Canadian workers shouldn’t have the same.

 

There are many creative ways in which sit-stand desks are being implemented into corporate offices all over the world. There are some who have provided every employee with height adjustable desks. There are others who allow workers to bring in their own desks. There are also those who are sending out notifications to employees regularly throughout the day, giving them permission to stretch the legs for a couple minutes and get out of their seats.

 

Recently, an Australian company undertook a 1-year study where they used software to prompt workers to switch up their sedentary behaviour. The success of this study speaks for itself, with a massive 76 percent reduction in workers who used to never use the standing function on their electric sit-stand desks. Usage doubled and standing time increased by 45 percent, resulting in a healthier workforce, more productivity, and a happier team of employees. The more active workplace, the more benefit there is for the human beings at work and for the company.

 

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Learning How to Engrave with Proper Technique on a Rotary Tool

Engraving metal with a rotary tool is a fun way to turn a plain metal object into something meaningful and precious. If you want to create a keepsake to give as a Christmas gift or anniversary gift, pulling out the rotary tool can be a great, inexpensive way to do so.

 

Create grooves, textures, or simple lines. If you’re an experienced rotary tool user, you can write a word or phrase, draw an image, make a symbol, or do almost anything. You can engrave and etch on a soft or hard metal, a metal that’s thick or thin, or almost any type of metal. All you’ll need is what you’re going to engrave, your rotary tool, the engraving bits, and a pencil or permanent marker to mark.

 

Step 1

Find the bits you need to get your engraving done. Most bits manufactured from metal are appropriate to use on soft metals like aluminum, copper, or thin sheet steel. If it’s a thicker, hard metal, such as a thick steel or brass, you will need more than the standard bits. Using the regular bits will only see them unsuccessful and wearing out rather quickly. What you’ll need to look for are bits with diamond wheel or diamond burr coating. When in doubt, choose the harder bit.

 

Step 2

From there, use your pencil or permanent marker to draw on what you’re about to engrave. Temporary markings are important. They are the guidelines you will trace. If the metal is smooth, permanent marker is needed. If not, a graphite pencil can be used.

 

Step 3

Complete engraving around the grooves. If the metal is thick and you want to engrave grooves with noticeable depth, start on low speed. Then, draw the lines lightly with the top to create a basic scratch shape. Then, run over these lines repeatedly until the shape you want emerges. Increase the speed the deeper you engrave. Then, reduce the speed once the lines are close to finish. Towards the end, slower speeds will help you clean up the edges.

 

Step 4

Lastly, use a light touch for any parts of the drawing that are etched. Consider practicing on a piece of scrap metal before you give the proper metal a try. You want to get the hang of this before working on the real thing. This way, you’ll learn how to give yourself the textures you want. Depending on the metal and the bit type, the technique can be slightly different so remember, go slow.

 

Choose one of Canada’s best rotary tools from PrimeCables and get started on your next engraving project!

How to Choose the Best Impact Driver for your Home Renovation Needs

There are many reasons to invest in an impact driver for any DIY home renovation projects. Improve your work efficiency, speed, ease-of-use, and accuracy. If you’ve never employed an impact driver before, you’ll be shocked at the difference it makes on some projects.

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Cordless power drills are wonderful for a variety of things however they struggle with projects like installing decks, roofing timbers, and ceilings, or constructing a shed. For when you need something that packs an extra punch – such as with harder woods – a cordless impact driver’s where it’s at.

 

How you choose the best cordless impact driver comes down to these things. First off, if you’re assembling IKEA furniture, you probably don’t need an impact driver at all. Impact drivers are heavy-duty tools. If you’re driving long screws, you’re going to need it. An impact driver’s body is also small, ensuring they’re well-suited to confined spaces.

 

A great impact driver is able to screw into wood without hassle. The way impact drivers work is actually quite interesting. The screwing into wood happens in an up, down, and sideways hammering motion. For this reason, it’s very fast albeit noisy. The screws should go in with minimal effort, which puts less stress on your wrist and forearm, allowing you to work longer hours.

 

There is a downside to impact drivers however and that is, they don’t have an adjustable torque clutch. So if you’re inexperienced or plain don’t know what you’re doing, you may drive a screw deeper into the wood than needed. DIY workers have a ton of trouble with this, although professionals and seasoned veterans do not. To combat this, some impact drivers have variable speeds. This can help provide more control in getting a screw in at a more leisurely pace.

 

The last piece of advice we want to give is to buy an impact driver with a battery included. Manufacturers of power tools sometimes don’t include the battery with the impact driver as incentive to buy other product from them. Those types of deals will cost you more money by locking you into a brand. If you already have a battery pack from the manufacturer, great. For those that don’t though, double-check to make sure you’re getting a battery.

 

Canada’s best impact drivers, cordless drills, and other power tools are available from PrimeCables on-sale today. Dip into the home renovation category and grab everything you need for your next project!