Top 5 Benefits to an Ergonomic Sit-Stand Desk you Don’t want to Forget

Back pain in Canada is responsible for more than 26 million lost work days every year. We don’t often associate back pain with sitting but as it turns out, working in an office can come with significant pressure put on our frames and poor posture.

The only real solution is to surround a person with ergonomic and personalized office equipment to ensure your body’s appropriately supported. Here are the top 5 benefits we believe are worth considering with an ergonomic desk.

Increases productivity.

You may not believe it but a sit-standing desk can improve your productivity in small and large ways alike. As less pressure sits on your frame, this keeps your mind thinking faster and keeps your body engaged. Whether you’re sitting or standing, you never have to leave your desk. You’ll remain locked into your work no matter what’s happening in the workplace.

Customizable to your body.

When you have a desk you can move up and down, adjusting its height as needed, you have power to personalize it according to how your body’s feeling. When you want to sit, sit. Alternatively, if you want to stand, stand. Find the right fit to your needs and adjust it throughout your work day.

Comfort to the nines.

When we’re discussing the benefits of ergonomic sit-stand desks, you’ll notice rather quickly how better you feel not having to remain sitting for consecutive hours in a day. Your body’s comfort level will increase, allowing you to switch positions without walking away from your desk. If you’re easily fatigued sitting in a chair all day, this is a great way to increase energy.

Save money.

When you’re unable to work because of an injury, when you have to call in sick, or when you’re having a rough day where you simply cannot give your best effort, all of this adds up to wasted money. You’ll actually do more and make more with an ergonomic desk you can arrange as needed.

Health benefits.

Prolonged sitting puts a person at increased cardiovascular risk. The health benefits of sit-standing desks are well understood, reducing symptoms of musculoskeletal stress, reducing lower back pain, alleviating neck and shoulder pain, keeping joints in a neutral position, resting the arms, and minimizing mental fatigue. Adjust the height as needed!

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Why to Buy a Magnetic Smartphone Mount to Install in your Car

Enough with tossing your phone onto the seat next to you or in the cup holder. The best way to safely secure your smartphone in your car, truck, or vehicle is with a magnetic smartphone mount.

Anyone who regularly uses their smartphone while driving, either to play music or podcasts, accept phone calls, or for GPS, they should have a magnetic mount to help install your screen in a friendly location. You don’t want to be caught driving with your hand plied around a smartphone.

Be safe.

The big thing with a magnetic car mount is that it prioritizes safety. You get to handle personal preferences and businesses, as needed, hands-free. It can be tough to resist answering a phone call or text while you’re driving. Or, if you want to skip past a song in your playlist. Drivers using a mount are less likely to take their eyes off the road to do these things.

Keep your phone secure.

In addition to keeping your eyes on the road, a magnetic mount for a vehicle also keeps your smartphone in one place. If you’ve ever dropped your phone in the car or have had to go digging through your purse, pocket, or bag to grab it, you always run the risk of accidentally losing it. Magnetic car mounts will keep it in a single place.

Make calls while driving.

The great thing about having a smartphone at eye level is you get to make phone calls while driving at no risk to you or those around you. If you have personal calls or business calls to catch up on, you can do so while driving as long as you have your smartphone securely mounted.

Keep your GPS in full view.

For when you need your GPS handy, you already have a mount right there carrying your smartphone. Also, if you have a separate GPS, some mounts can carry both a smartphone and GPS. Switching one out for the other is very easy, although we do recommend it for when the vehicle isn’t moving just to be safe.

Our preference is a magnetic car mount however there are other car mounts available that you might find are better suited to the design of your vehicle such as dashboard mount, windshield mount, or air vent mount. Do keep in mind the primary benefit of a magnetic car mount, particularly the PrimeCables model, is that it can be installed anywhere in the vehicle. For the best magnetic smartphone mounts in Canada, visit PrimeCables today and see options beginning at less than $6.

When Will USB 4 Cables see Release and Are they the Best USB Cables you Can Find

Yes, it’s true, USB 4 cables are on the way! When you need one for your devices – probably not. Here’s why.

USB 4.0 cable is coming soon in canada
USB 4.0 cable is coming soon in canada

USB4 is already being hyped as the fastest USB connection of all-time and highly adaptable, beyond anything prior iterations of the USB standard have accomplished. USB4 has promised to adopt many of the features and technologies included in the Thunderbolt standard. First announced in March, 2019, a full breakdown of USB4 has not yet been published however mid-2019 we are expecting to find out more about what’s on the table from this evolving technology.

 

For as much hype as USB4 is receiving, will you really need to buy one to get the best performance from your devices – absolutely not. Although USB4 is backwards-compatible, USB-C is also backwards-compatible. USB-C is also reversible ensuring it can sync and charge any device, which is part of the reason it’s being favored by Apple who are in process of switching out their Thunderbolt ports for USB-C. If you’re serious about optimizing your USB connection, go for any USB Type-C cables instead of waiting and forking over any extra dough for USB4.

 

Faster performance.

 

USB4’s estimated release date is assumed for late summer 2020 although nothing is known about an exact date. The most acclaimed feature it is set to include in speed of connection. USB 3.2 standard transfers up to 20 gigabits per second. USB4 will double this capability up to 40 gigabits per second. The speed of USB4 will match Thunderbolt 3’s capacity.

 

USB4 or USB-C.

 

USB4 and USB-C cables are not mutually exclusive. USB4 standard is in fact being built around USB-C connections. Therefore, a USB4 cable will in fact be a USB-C cable. You’ll be able to enjoy charging and power delivery up to 100 watts. In combination with its fast performance, this all makes the USB4 standard able to handle up to two 4K displays or a single 5K display across one connector.

 

A single port type.

 

A last advantage with USB4, which is something already seen with USB-C connections, is that the USB standard’s finally moving towards a single port type. No longer will consumers be buying a USB cable only to find out it’s the “wrong one”. If all USB cables are using the identical port, it creates a situation where one cable will work across all devices.

 

Buy your USB Type-C cables today from PrimeCables, and equip yourself with USB’s most advanced consumer cable.

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.

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.