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The Advantages of Fiber Optic Cables

Feb 11, 2013

Fiber Optic CablesWhen it comes to telecommunications cables are king. Without the endless web of cables connecting communication hubs data would go nowhere. In the not so distant past the world of traditional telecom cable was revolutionized by fiber optics. Fiber optic cables bring many distinct advantages to the world of data handling that was not previous available.

Compared to traditional copper cabling fiber optics can carry far more data at a fraction of the price. Not only that, but data can travel much farther without needing amplification. It’s not uncommon for fiber optic lines to transmit signals over 80km before needing a boost.

In addition to cost and signal transfer, another important improvement the fiber optic cable offers is signal quality. Fiber optic cables have a much higher degree of signal fidelity than traditional cabling and over 1000 times greater bandwidth. And, because Fiber optic cables are transferring light through glass they are not affected by electrical interference in the same way copper cable is.  This makes them an important asset in lightning prone areas.

Safety is an added bonus for fiber optic cables. Because there is light, and not electricity, being transferred through the lines there is no risk of fire. Electrical fires are generally caused by damaged cables that run too hot and in turn create fire hazards.

Choosing and Connecting a Wireless Network Router

Feb 4, 2013

Connecting a Wireless RouterLike most people these days you may have multiple devices that utilize an internet connection. More often than not these devices are not wired directly into an Ethernet plug. Devices like smartphones, tablets, game consoles and internet ready televisions can all use a wireless signal to connect to the internet. This makes finding the right wireless router a challenge. You need to find something that will handle your homes unique demands for wireless data sharing.

For homes with high demand for wireless signal it may be a good idea to choose a multiband wireless router. These routers broadcast multiple wireless frequencies so your home electronics don’t have to compete for a connection. Typically these routers use a 2.4ghz and 5.1ghz signal to connect to your wireless devices. While the 2.4ghz signal travels farther, the 5.1ghz signal is less susceptible to signal interference from other household items like cordless phones or microwaves.

For homes with fewer wireless devices a single channel router would be sufficient. Once you’ve selected the best wireless router for your home, all you need to do is connect it. Simply connect a Cat6 patch cable from your broadband modem to the wireless router’s WAN port and you should be on your way to wireless internet connectivity.

What’s the Best Video Cable for the Job?

Jan 25, 2013

Video QuestionWhen connecting televisions with video devices, there are often several choices available. Some may look familiar, while others may seem completely alien. Today’s blog post is about the pros and cons of common video connections and how to identify them. Hopefully it will help you identify the right video cable for the job and make connecting your video components even easier.

Probably the most common video cable is the RG-6 coaxial cable. This is the familiar cable TV connection that most Americans have in their home. Its primary benefit is its universality. This connection can be found on many video devices, however it should be noted that it is not the highest quality connection available and is not suited for high definition applications.

After the RG-6 cable, the second most common cable is the composite video / RCA audio cable. This is the classic red, yellow and blue cable often packaged with video components. This cable was once a standard but today it appears less and less on newer televisions and video components. Its advantage is that is carries both video and audio signals, but it is also not a high quality signal cable.

After the composite video cable there are the component video and S-video cables. Both of these cables attempt to improve on the signal quality by separating the color channels. The component video cable has red, blue and green connectors. Each connector carries one color of the RGB video signal preventing crossover and making for more accurate color reproduction. The S-video cable is a single circular connector with prongs. This cable also separates color signals in an attempt to make more accurate color. The disadvantage of these two cables is there lack of audio transfer. Using these cables means an additional audio cable will also be required.

The most recent video cable to join the bunch is the HDMI cable. This cable is designed to carry a high definition video signal along with audio, making it the ideal choice for high definition applications. Its plug is wide and flat and can be found on most new televisions and video components. The only disadvantage of this cable is its lack of compatibility with older analog televisions or video components.

Replacement AC Power Cords

Jan 18, 2013

AC Power CableCables are often the first thing to go bad on an electronic device. Because cables often move and bend they have a tendency to pull or break on the inside, a signal can no longer transfer through the line. This can be very frustrating and if the bad cable goes undetected it can ultimately lead to electronic devices being thrown away prematurely. That’s why Triangle Cables carries replacement AC power cords!

By replacing the AC power cord of an electronic device you can often fix the problem of what appears to be a broken device that will not power up. These cables are also perfect for buying second hand items that may be missing their original cables, such as computers, stereos or game consoles. Often items that are missing their original cables are discounted, making them a great buy if you can find replacement cables.

In addition to replacement power cords, Triangle Cables also offers power cables extensions and adaptors. These extensions and adaptors are compatible with a variety of electronic devices. So next time you have an electronic device that is not powering up, or is intermittently powering down, check your power cable for signs of wear or damage. A replacement AC power cord may be all you need to get things working again.

Protect your Network from EMI with Shielded Network Cables

Jan 10, 2013

Shielded Cat6 Network CableYou may be asking yourself, “what the heck is EMI and why should I be worried about it?” That’s a good question–and exactly what we will be discussing in today’s blog post! EMI stands for ElectroMagnetic Interference, and it is a major culprit in the loss of audio visual and communications fidelity. Electromagnetic Interference is created either by electromagnetic induction or electromagnetic radiation. In both cases the EMI will have a negative effect on the performance of the circuit. It may cause signal interruption, or introduce static noise to a line. In the case of a television or audio devise this may result in audio visual static. In the case of a home network it may result in a loss of signal speed or strength. That’s why we recommend using shielded network cables for home network installations.

Using a shielded network cable offers protection against EMI. By adding in a thin layer of shielding it prevents the cables from acting like an antenna and drawing in EMI from surrounding devices. This means the signal is preserved and the communication speed is unaffected by any interference. Replacing old network cables with shielded models is a great way to ensure you home network is operating with maximum effectiveness.  Shop today to find Cat6 shielded network cables today!

Detect Hidden Network Problems with a LANtest Network Cable Tester

Dec 19, 2012

LANtest Network Cable Tester Not all network problems are obvious. Sometimes the issues that cause connections to slow down or fail are hard to diagnose. This is because sometimes the culprit is not a computer or a network switch, but the cable that is connecting them. Bad cables can be the cause of network issues just as easily as bad hardware, that’s why it’s important to check cable connection strength with a LANtest Network Cable Tester. This tester allows you to connect category 5, coaxial and modular telephone cables and test their connections.

It’s too easy for a bad cable to go overlooked, especially if you may be working in an environment where there are hundreds or even thousands of cables connecting server racks together. When these cables go bad they can often lead to more serious communication issues. Using a LANtest Network Cable tester is as easy as connecting a cable. Simply connect one end of the cable to the master box and the other end to the remote box and you can instantly find out if a cable is damaged.

These tools are great for any IT department or even for a home network enthusiast. Each LANtest Network Cable Tester is a professional tool that makes maintaining a communications network a breeze. Save time and energy by quickly spotting bad cables and get your network up to speed.

Don’t Forget your Cables this Holiday Season

Dec 11, 2012

This is the time of year when most people make their home entertainment and business purchases. Whether you’re looking for a new Surround Sound system as a Christmas gift, a new big screen TV for your Superbowl party, or a new multifunction printer for your home office, remember to upgrade your cables. Many consumer electronics do not have cables in the box with them and those that do often have very low quality cables. That’s why Triangle Cables offers quality cables to connect any of your home electronics.

When it comes to home audio equipment, the back panel of a surround sound system can look like something out of NASA’s mission control. There are so many different connections it can be difficult to discern what cable goes where. Rest assured Triangle Cables has the correct cables to connect your audio and video sources. From composite video, to component video, to digital coaxial cables, we have it all.

Computer peripherals often do not ship with the cables needed to connect them to the computer. If you are buying a printer, scanner, or monitor this Holidayseason, be sure to check what cable it requires. That way you can ensure you have the correct cable on hand when the gift arrives. Nothing is more frustrating than giving a gift that can’t be used until something else is purchased, so don’t let your family down. Be prepared with the proper cables thisHoliday season.

Cat 6 Ethernet Cable can Speed Up Your Network

Nov 20, 2012

Category 5 and 5e Ethernet cables are still the most popular for new and existing networks, but more designers are incorporating the newer category 6 cable. What are the advantages of this cable? Is it worth the investment for your network?

Benefits of Cat 6 Ethernet Cable
A cat 5 or 5e cable is structured as eight wires twisted together to make four pairs. Cat 6 cables have the same basic design, but they include separators between the pairs. The result is almost double the speed of information transfer, which in turn makes Gigabit networks possible.

A faster network is always desirable, but a Gigabit network requires more than appropriate cables. Every component of the network must be rated for Gigabit speed, or you will lose out on performance. Consider the cost difference and network needs when selecting a category 6 cable.

If you are expanding a current network or updating it piece by piece, cat 6 cables are the best choice. They are backward compatible and pose no problem on older networks. The primary benefit is that as other components are updated, you’ll see immediate performance gains. The cat 6 Ethernet cable is a solid choice for all network types.

Network Tool Kits are Convenient for Installs and Upgrades

Nov 12, 2012

Networking Tool KitWhether you’re on the installation end of a digital network or performing basic maintenance, you’ll enjoy the benefits of having the right network tool kit. Some tasks are nearly impossible without the right tool for the job, such as repair of patch panel connections and loose plugs. Other tasks, like wire stripping, are made time consuming without the right tool. Network tool kits offer all the right tools for the job.

Range of Options
Tool kits come in different types based on the intended use. A professional kit of networking tools, for instance, typically includes a LAN tester, punch-down blade and impact tool, and a modular plug ratcheting crimping tool. Kits for voice and data network maintenance include a tone probe and generator, set of hex key wrenches and a network cable tester. You might also choose a simple termination kit, multi-network installation or digital SMARTprobe kit.

Kit Benefits
Network Tool Kits from are extremely beneficial. They collect all the primary tools for network specialists in one case that is easy to transport. Collecting networking tools one at a time can get expensive and you may find yourself without a necessary tool at exactly the wrong moment. Choose the appropriate network tool kit for convenience and savings.

HDMI Headaches? Fix them with an HDMI Switch

Oct 22, 2012

If you love your high definition television and want the highest quality picture and sound out of your connected devices, you may be having some HDMI headaches. For many people their high definition televisions only have one or two HDMI inputs, but they have many devices they would like to connect. This involves unplugging and switching devices when you want to change them, or worse, settling for a less than HD signal. If this problem sounds all too familiar, consider an HDMI switch from

An HDMI switcher functions similar to a USB hub. By acting as a hub, you can connect a single HDMI cable to your television and access multiple devices. This means that DVD players, Blu-Ray players, game consoles, DVRs, and cable or satellite receivers can all be connected to a single HDMI switch. Once you have the switch connected properly, you can easily switch between signal sources without ever needed to swap plugs again.

The best part about the HDMI switch is that you no longer have to compromise your signal quality just to accommodate the inputs on the back of your television. It is an easy way to keep your whole entertainment system running entirely in high definition. HDMI switches are also so easy to install anybody and do it. So if you’re having HDMI headaches, an HDMI switch is a real no brainer.

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