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Triangle Cables Presents our First “Totally Wired” Mix

Dec 24, 2012

Let’s face it, when you work around cables all day you have to love technology. That’s why we’ve put together some of our favorite songs about cables. Okay, maybe they’re not literally about cables, but we can pretend that’s what the artists had in mind. This mix of tunes features songs for everybody and is certainly not short on technology and connectivity references. So get your sound system set up properly, double check your audio cables and follow along with our audio exhibition about the joy of cables. Enjoy!

Triangle Cable’s

Totally Wired – Volume 1

  1. Connect Up To Me – The Cars
  2. Live Wire – AC/DC
  3. Sound and Vision – David Bowie
  4. Connected – Stereo MC’s
  5. Static Age – The Misfits
  6. Sound System – Operation Ivy
  7. Electricityscape – The Strokes
  8. Through The Wire – Kanye West
  9. Speed of Sound – Coldplay
  10. Digital – Joy Division
  11. Connection -JeffersonStarship
  12. Living on a Thin Line – The Kinks
  13. Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant
  14. Video Killed the Radio Star – Buggles
  15. Disconnected – Goo Goo Dolls
  16. The Sound of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel

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.

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.

Cable Management Saves you Stress

Nov 30, 2012

Whether it’s a home network or facility wiring operation, cable management is just good practice. If you’re currently facing a mound of cables and the potential for upgrades in the near future, you are already aware of one benefit for the management of network cables. A number of products are available to help with organization, including the wire management panel, but you should first understand the importance.

Organization Benefits
Management of your network cables is the extension of organization into what is too often a haphazard and confusing mess. Management generally refers to support of cables along transmission routes. Without support, the end result is cable spaghetti and a headache for anyone attempting to update a particular connection, diagnose network problems or ensure cable compliance with maximum bend radius.

A couple of notable problems result from disorganized cables. It’s possible for a pull along one cable to cause disconnection with others. Diagnosing a problem with one device could be as simple as a unplugged cable, but you’ll have a difficult time figuring this out. Another problem is interference when data cables wrap around power cables. A wire management panel and other cable management devices can prevent a lot of frustration.

Extend your HDMI reach with an HDMI over LAN Kit

Nov 26, 2012

HDMI over LAN extenderHDMI cables come with a built-in limitation on length. If you exceed the length for HDMI compliance, you’ll get significant distortion or even lose the signal altogether. The HDMI extender was designed to overcome this problem. Several types are available, including a wireless extender and cat 5e Ethernet extender.

How Does the Extender Work?
With an HDMI over LAN kit, you’ll receive a receiver and transmitter capable of pushing an HDMI signal to a maximum of 400 meters. An HDMI cable carries the signal to the transmitter. A category 5e cable carries this signal to one or more receivers, which then convert the signal for delivery to the viewing device(s). The range of a dedicated network compares favorably to wireless ranges, which can’t exceed 200 feet.

Of course, a signal booster can carry wireless HDMI signals even further, but you’ll get nowhere near the distance of a HDMI over LAN kit couple with an Ethernet hub. The hub makes it possible to run audio and 1080p to a maximum of just under 800 meters. Most users won’t need this kind of length, but some situations demand it. Airports, call centers, hospitals and other applications benefit from an HDMI extender.

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 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.

Keep your Electronics Safe with a Surge Protector

Oct 25, 2012

Electronics are an investment. People spend a great deal of time and money setting up offices or entertainment centers in their homes. What assurance do they have that their electronics won’t be damaged or destroyed by the very power they need to function? Few people consider the power source of their electronics to be a threat, but in many cases it can be. That’s why we recommend using a surge protector to keep your electronics safe.

The power in our homes is anything but perfect. It is subject to surges, spikes, dips, and drop offs. These variable power levels can be caused within our homes by other appliances or electronics within the circuit, or from outside of our homes due to storms or utility work. Whatever the case may be these inconsistencies must be safely treated with a surge protector to ensure your electronics are not damaged.

A surge protector can come in the form of a wall plate, a power strip, or a single plug through module. Some surge protectors also offer protection for incoming telephone and coaxial cable lines. No matter what form the surge protector takes, the function is always the same. By acting as an intermediary between the incoming power and your devices, it keeps voltage at a safe level. If your home ever experiences a serious power surge it will harm the surge protector while leaving your connected electronics safe. That’s an inexpensive way to ensure the life of your electronic investments.

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 TriangleCables.com

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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