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Connect Up To 4 Computers to a Single Device with a USB Auto Sharing Switch

May 31, 2013

USB auto sharing switchWouldn’t life be easier if you didn’t have to keep unplugging a USB device so you could hook it up to another computer? The USB Auto Sharing Switch is the solution for your multi-computer USB problems. Available in either 2 port or 4 port models, the USB sharing switch allows for up to four computers to share the same USB 2.0 device without you having to re-connect any cables.

The USB Auto Sharing Switch is compatible with PCs, Macs, and Linux-based computers and comes equipped with all the software and cables you need to set up the unit. An LED light monitors each port’s status and you can easily toggle between devices by hotkey, mouse, or push button controls.

Now, you can share the information on an external drive with your co-workers, or use one scanner for all of the computers in the office. Your family can all share one printer or one camera without having to fumble with cables. Just have each family member plug their laptop or computer into the auto sharing switch and they’re ready to go.

Stop fumbling with cables and searching for USB ports and start enjoying your computing experience with the USB Auto Sharing Switch.

Save your Old Devices with USB Converters

Feb 18, 2013

Computer IdeasThe evolution of technology is inevitable. These days it seems like computers and peripherals are practically obsolete by the time you get them out of the store. For some people it can be hard to say goodbye to a favorite printer, mouse or monitor when a computer is upgraded. As the technologies evolve newer machines have different port configurations forcing people to upgrade components and change their ways.

At Triangle cables we understand the frustration this can cause, and we want to help. By offering a full line of USB converters we can help you get your connectivity back. By converting your old device connections to USB you can plug them into newer computers that lack the old ports. This is great news for people who don’t want to see their favorite peripheral find its way to the trash heap.

Whether you have an old printer that uses an IEEE 1284 connector, and old mouse that uses a PS/2 connector or an old joystick that uses the DB15 game port connector, Triangle Cables has a USB converter that can keep you connected. Check out our selection of USB converters today and bring back your favorite computer accessories.

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.

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.

Connect your Laptop to your HDTV with an HDMI Converter

Dec 14, 2012

VGA to HDMI converterAs technology progresses it always seems to outgrow cables and connectors. Modern high definition televisions utilize HDMI connections to carry audio and video signal between components. This can make it difficult to connect older technologies to them such as laptop computers or game consoles. That’s where signal converters such as a VGA to HDMI converter come in handy.

A VGA to HDMI converter, like the one pictured here, allows you to connect an older analog video source, such as a PC to a high definition television. These converter boxes accommodate a VGA signal input for video and a stereo RCA input for audio. On the other side of the HDMI converter there is a single HDMI output that takes the analog audio and video inputs turns them to a digital HDMI signal that can be connected to a modern HDTV.

While the output signal will not be high definition, it will be in a digital format that the HDTV can read. This makes it possible to use a digital television as a display to show a power point presentation, a photo slide show, or anything else you may want to share on a larger display. An HDMI converter is a great utility of a business person who may have an older laptop. It is best to be prepared for any presentation situation even if technologies seem incompatible.

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 TriangleCables.com 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.

Surge Protectors All Year Long

Feb 28, 2011

When you think “power surges,” what usually comes to your mind?  Most of the people we ask this question to respond:  A thunderstorm.  Yes, we know a powerful and sudden summer thunderstorm can pose a risk to your electrical equipment, but the summer time is not the only dangerous time of year for electrical surges.

Keep your computer safe all year long

Think of the major weather news for the past few days for most of the country:  Severe weather threats.  It was the end of February and they were issuing tornado warnings in the South and Mid-West.  That means that during any point of the year, weather conditions can always be unpredictable.

That is why, regardless of what time of year it is, you should always have your important electronics kept safe by a surge protector.  Surge protectors have the ability to detect when there is a surge of power in your home or business and can safely flip an internal circuit breaker, to prevent any damage to your equipment.  They are always a good idea to have because you never know when something unexpected may happen.

Spring Semester School Supply Reminders

Jan 10, 2011

We are getting closer and closer to the start of the 2011 Spring Semester. Students everywhere will begrudgingly return to their campuses from the holiday break. Even though it is never fun to see a vacation end, the start of a new semester can always be fun and exciting as you reconnect with friends and start new classes.

As students dive into the fresh semester, we at TriangleCables.com wanted to wish you the best of luck. We also wanted to take the to time remind you of some items you may need as you progress through the next few months. These are the kind of items that can save you a lot of hassle if you were to pick them up now.

Ethernet Cables

As sophisticated as modern wireless Internet technology can be, it sometimes can let you down. You always want to have a back-up method of connecting to the Internet should something be wrong with the wireless network. Most dorms, libraries, or computer labs do offer ports for you to access the Internet through a wired connection. In order to do so however, you’ll need an Ethernet cable. Ethernet cables allow you to connect to a network, connect your computer to a printer, or even connect gaming consoles like the X-Box 360.

Get Printer Ink

TriangleCables.com also provides you with HP Inkjet cartridges at the best prices on the web. Having a few extra ink cartridges is never a bad idea. Imagine if you finished a research paper ten minutes before class starts. All you need to do is click “print,” staple the paper, and walk to the classroom. Plenty of time. But you soon notice that the printer isn’t printing. You realize you are out of ink! Now you need to run to the library first and hope you can find an open computer. You now are running the risk of being late for your class. But all of this could have been avoided, if you had stocked up on your HP Inkjet cartridges.

We hope that you have a stress-free and enlightening semester.

Computer Tech Support Horror Stories

Oct 26, 2010

It is the week of Halloween and since we don’t sell costumes, masks, makeup, or candy, we didn’t know how to help participate in the spookiest time of the year.

We think we found the way:  Horror stories about computer technical support.  These are gathered from various sites over the internet.

-A number of years ago, when high-speed internet was first coming around, a family called for tech support to help install the new equipment and software.  Since the computer was a bit on the older side, it only had a slot for a floppy disc and not a CD-ROM drive.  The tech wanted to install the new software from a CD, but was unaware that the computer did not have a CD drive.  When a second member of the family came home, they saw their mother trying to pry the CD from the floppy disc drive while the tech said, “I’ve seriously never seen one of those before…are you sure it’s not a CD-ROM drive?”  Could you imagine what would have happened if the PC only had a USB hub?

-A customer called their technical support representative to help resolved a problem.  The problem was that the computer only showed a message that said, “boot2/.”  The customer let the tech know that he was using a PC, to which the tech said “I’m the Mac tech.  The Windows tech is gone, but I can try to help you.”  After the customer explained the steps he’s already tried, the tech advised, “Sir, have you put any cheese or mustard in your drive?  We’ve had that happen a lot lately.”  We guess it’s pretty easy to confuse a computer and a cheeseburger.

Hopefully these horror stories will help put you in the Halloween spirit.

Beware of Dust!

Sep 30, 2010

Now that we are slowly transitioning into the colder months, we are likely going to be spending more time indoors. More time indoors can lead to more dust being kicked up within your home.

Not only is dust a health concern, as it can cause sinus and congestion problems, but it can also wreak havoc on your computer systems. Dust building up in your tower unit, computer adapters, network connectors, keyboard, mouse, or battery backup can all be potential problems or fire hazards.

When dust builds up it can make it difficult for various cables to communicate with each other. The dust can actually disrupt or damage the parts of the cables where a connection is made.

Therefore, periodically make sure that you take the time to get rid of all the dust that builds up in and on your computer system. You don’t want something that’s so simple to clean to give you an extremely large headache.

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