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Spring Cleaning your Electronics

Mar 11, 2013

Spring Cleaning electronicsIf you’re like many people out there, you may never think twice about your electronic devices until they stop working properly. It can be incredibly frustrating when a television, DVD player, or home theater system unexpectedly quits. That’s why we recommend periodically examining and cleaning your electronics. This preventative maintenance ensures that broken or damaged parts are identified before they result in a product’s failure.

Spring is a great time of year to clean and spot check electronics. This can easily be handled during your home’s spring cleaning, by taking a little time out to dust and clean electronics while tackling the rest of your spring cleaning chores. With a little know how anyone can learn to spot trouble signs and prolong the life of their electronics.

It’s important to check the AC power cables on your electronics for signs of wear. A frayed or broken power cord could pose a risk to your home as well as your electronic device. When cleaning an electronic device, pay close attention to any type of vent areas. If vent areas are clogged with dust or hair they can cause a device to overheat or prematurely break down.

When it comes to choosing a cleaning product many manufacturers make electronic cleaning sprays that are safe for electronic devices. You can also make your own by mixing equal parts isopropyl rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Always spray cleaners onto a soft cloth and not directly onto the device.

Do you have electronics cleaning tips of your own? Comment and share them with us!

Choosing an HDTV and Cables for a Porch Installation

Mar 4, 2013

outdoor patio areaWith warmer weather on its way, this is the time of year when people begin tidying up and prepping yards and porches for outdoor fun. For some people getting a back porch ready for the spring and summer seasons involves cleaning, setting up furniture, or even putting screens into porch windows. The new trend over the last year or two has been installing flat panel HDTVs on porches or covered outdoor seating areas.

Not every HDTV is designed for outdoor use. It’s important to consider some key factors when choosing the right TV for the job. Older LCD televisions can be negatively affected by temperature changes or exposure to moisture. Newer LED LCD televisions tend to be more resilient when it comes to porch use. It should be noted that these HDTVs are still susceptible to moisture damage, so installation should be limited to four season porches that offer full coverage from the elements.

Special water resistant HDTVs are also available on the market for installations where serious humidity would otherwise damage a TV. These televisions can be installed on open porches where they are shielded from direct rain but still exposed to ambient outdoor humidity. When paired with a durable HDMI cable an HDMI port saver can help angle your cable for clean wall mounting. This can also keep the cable from breaking down over time due to strain on the plug end.

The Power of Digital Coaxial Audio Cables

Feb 27, 2013

digital coaxial cableIf you’re still using the red and white RCA stereo connectors to send audio signals between your audio visual components then you should pay attention. There is a better way to transfer audio signals to and from today’s digital devices. A digital coaxial audio cable is a one plug solution that can improve your sound quality and broaden your audio horizons.

Digital coaxial cables look similar to the traditional RCA audio cables because they have the same RCA connector on the end. The most obvious difference is that there is only one signal cable instead of two. Don’t be fooled, unlike the old days where 2 separate signal cables were needed to transfer the left and right audio channel, a digital coaxial cable can send both signals on the same cable. In fact, digital coaxial cables support stereo audio as well as DTS and Dolby 5.1 surround sound. That means more connection options with a single cable.

In addition to connection options, these cables have a much higher bandwidth than their traditional analog RCA cables cousins. That translates to better signal transfer and bigger sound. These cables offer the best data transfer of digital audio signals making them perfect for connecting home theatre systems, MP3 player docking stations, and more.

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.

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.

Expand your Home entertainment with HDMI Wall Plates

Jan 31, 2013

HDMI WallplateIf you’re building or remodeling a home, consider installing HDMI wall plates in areas where you will install televisions. Wall plates are a great way to conceal wiring inside walls for clean and professional installations of wall mounted televisions. HDMI wall plates can also be used to connect different areas of the house to the same signal source. For example, if you have a Blu-ray player in one room that is connected to a wall plate, that plate can be wired to a plate in another room where you can connect a television and receive the Blu-ray signal.

HDMI wall plates are also a practical solution for bars or restaurants which often have several televisions running simultaneously. The wiring for the elaborate entertainment system can easily be concealed within the walls to prevent patrons from accidentally disconnecting anything.  Not only does this mean other patrons can enjoy uninterrupted television broadcasts, but it also prevents accidental damage to your audio visual equipment.

The best part about using HDMI cables to connect your audio visual equipment is that it provides a high quality video signal that meets high definition standards. The HDMI cable also carries both audio and video signal, so there is no need to mess with multiple wires to connect your devices, a single cable will do it all. When installed next to a power outlet an HDMI wall plate is a practical choice for simple TV installations.

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!

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