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How to Connect a Laptop to Your TV or Large Screen Monitor

Jul 27, 2012

Tying your shoes, boiling an egg, and connecting your device to your TV? It really is the simplest things in life that are the most valuable to know. That’s why we’re breaking down the many devices you may want to connect to your big screen TV for you, or a friend to easily follow. This week, let’s connect a laptop!

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Cables to Connect Computer Laptops to TV

Most of your laptops will have an HDMI output, which can handle both audio and video. If you’re connecting to a new TV, it should also have an HDMI input, which means you only need the one HDMI cable to provide your connection. If not, see if there is an adapter that can provide an HDMI end, so you don’t need a second cable for your audio connection as well.

  • Apple Outputs – Those with an Apple device will likely need a display port adapter, which will allow it to connect to an HDMI cable.
  • Working with an older model TV? – You may need a RCA or HMDI to DVI adapter to connect. But trust us, HDMI is the way to go.

Getting it Just Right

Once you have chosen the correct cable for both audio and video, and connected the devices, you will have to select your input. Some monitors will pick it up automatically, others you will have to change your Source, Input, or Channel until you have chosen this new device. On your computer, you can go into your display settings, found in the Control Panel, to then mirror what is seen on your computer. You can also choose to extend your laptop display onto the TV, making it an added space. 

Road Trip Tips: Cables You Need to Keep in the Trunk

Jul 18, 2012

Jumper cables? Check. Of course you have those, but do you have audio cables, power cables, and all the rest? Summer is the time for road trips, holiday getaways, and cabin weekend trips. Whether you want to cut off from the world on vacation or plan to enjoy the amenities (but hopefully not plan on working from home!) it’s easy to forget an essential.

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For the road:

Adapters and car chargers. If you’re using a cigarette lighter adapter for the car, you can use any cable with a USB end to charge your cell phone or camera. USB converters can help connect other devices that didn’t come with a standard USB type cable for charging. Make sure everyone in the car has their own headphones to enjoy for a really long trip! Also, remember a doc to rest your iPod, cell phone, or other in use items so they’re safely tethered.

For the vacation home:

Cables are inexpensive, so rather than risk leaving behind a pair and needing to pack extra, get chargers just for the vacation home. That means power strips as well. You should also stock up on standard appliances. Rather than permanently place any cable lines, use a removable tape like gaffer’s tape to bind cables and keep them out of the way.

For overseas:

If you’re a frequent flyer, you already know, but first time travelers will need to stock up on adapters and chargers for overseas outlets. Remember spare batteries for any devices you can’t get a new charger for.

 

Where do you plan to go this summer? Are you bringing Triangle Cables with you?

Audio Cables and Gifts for Father In Laws

Jul 13, 2012

Your father-in-law made an enormous contribution to your life in raising your spouse, and he likely helps out in other ways as well. Several occasions present the opportunity to show appreciation for his many contributions, including your wedding and Father-in-Law Day recognized on July 30th. Buying gifts for men is easy, if you focus on a few facts.

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Getting to know your father-in-law begins with asking your spouse for help. Engaging dad in conversation is a lot easier with some basic information and alone time. Find out what he already has, and use this to understand what he needs. Take the time to research purchases and include side-items, such as an AC power cord, battery charger, external power extender, and so on.

Most men are interested in electronics, for instance, much more so than clothing. If dad enjoys running or other forms of exercise, researching new athletic electronics that interface with the computer may be worthwhile. If dad prefers plug-in tools over battery-operated ones, a high-quality AC power cord is a great multi-purpose gift.

For upgrades or additions, don’t forget necessary accessories. Including that signal converter or external power extender will let dad know you put thought into the gift.

 

Today’s Technology Could Have Helped Amelia Earhart to Survive Plane Crash

Jul 5, 2012

Think of what your life would be like without technology. You panic when you misplace your mobile phone, the batteries are running low or are even dead, or the power cable for your digital television is not working properly. Technology is supposed to make our lives easier and it does. But along with satellite televisions and computers, you need to have proper and reliable cable testers, cable adapters and similar products to keep all your technological products operating smoothly.

Technology has made our world smaller and more accessible. flying safe - trianglecables

Think of what the world was like in 1937 when aviatrix Amelia Earhart attempted to fly around the world. Earhart was often out of range of radio communications during her flight. Researchers theorize that she survived the crash of her Lockheed Electra airplane in the South Pacific, possibly on an uninhabited island of Nikumaroro, part of the Pacific archipelago Republic of Kiribati.

If Earhart would have carried equipment such as a cable tester or extra power cables she may have been able to avert doom.

Other technological items such as GPS, an operating mobile phone and cable adapters to keep it all working would have allowed researchers to locate and rescue her.

A TV for Every Room

Jun 29, 2012

 

TV has become a major part of our lives. The average adult watches four hours of television each day. With that said, it seems as though it would be the most convenient option to have a television in every room of your home. This is may sound unlikely, but TVs have been making their way into more and more rooms of the average home over the years.

triangle cables tv satellite parts and equiptmentTelevisions have been extending from the bedrooms, family room and living rooms into other areas of the home, including the kitchen, patio area, even the bathroom. Ever wish you could follow along with the cooking show while making that certain recipe in the kitchen or watch the morning news or sports show while enjoying your coffee on the indoor patio? Triangle Cables is here to help you make that a reality. We now offer satellite multiswitches and satellite splitters to make sure that you get all your favorite channels on the new televisions you add around your house. Whether your new television is in the patio, basement, kitchen, or office, our satellite multiswitches allow independent operation of numerous satellite receivers using a single dish, perfect for your many TVs. They are also suitable with DirecTV and HDTV, so you get the best channels on every TV in your home

Our satellite splitters and satellite multiswitches can also help improve the overall quality of your TV. Don’t worry about the many expenses involved in upgrading your satellite or using it in multiple televisions throughout your home. Just shop TriangleCables.com for an affordable selection of TV satellite multiswitches, mounts, and many other parts and accessories.

How many TVs do you have in your home? How many do you wish you had?

Our Favorite Summer Projects: Den/Living Room Improvements

Jun 22, 2012

Summer is the time for making everything better at the home. It’s the perfect time to remodel a room, repaint and leave the windows wide open. This summer we plan to go over simple renovations and improvements for every room of the house, how to get the right cables for the job and make a quick fix when necessary. This week we’re focusing on the home office area.

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Tired of staring at a screen all day? Brighten the room with a lighter color carpet and walls, so things aren’t so gloomy. Rearrange the room so when sitting at a computer, you face a window. This way you still have a connection to the outdoors.

Get organized. It doesn’t cost a lot to go through the old filing and storage cabinets and make space for what’s actually needed. Make sure that all of your labels are accurate and up to date. Don’t throw additional items into a drawer if they don’t belong there. Invest in new storage racks, such as

Set up the technology first aid kit. Running to the store for a new router or speakers is silly when you could get the right items from the start and quickly assess the situation and identify the problem. Make sure you have additional Ethernet cables on hand, cable tester to identify the problem and crimpers and tools to fix the problem.

Our Favorite Summer Projects: Den/Living Room Improvements

Jun 22, 2012

 

Summer is the time for making everything better at the home. It’s the perfect time to remodel a room, repaint and leave the windows wide open. This summer we plan to go over simple renovations and improvements for every room of the house, how to get the right cables for the job and make a quick fix when necessary. This week we’re focusing on the home office area.

TriangleCables - organized computer room.jpgRedoing the Computer Room

Tired of staring at a screen all day? Brighten the room with a lighter color carpet and walls, so things aren’t so gloomy. Rearrange the room so when sitting at a computer, you face a window. This way you still have a connection to the outdoors.

Get organized. It doesn’t cost a lot to go through the old filing and storage cabinets and make space for what’s actually needed. Make sure that all of your labels are accurate and up to date. Don’t throw additional items into a drawer if they don’t belong there. Invest in new storage racks, such as

Set up the technology first aid kit. Running to the store for a new router or speakers is silly when you could get the right items from the start and quickly assess the situation and identify the problem. Make sure you have additional Ethernet cables on hand, cable tester to identify the problem and crimpers and tools to fix the problem.

Fix it Up: Dad’s Testers and Tools for Any Problem

Jun 14, 2012

Some Dad’s are the duck tape and super glue sort, where any and every problem can be solved with just a little sweat, grease and tape. It doesn’t matter what the problem is, a broken door, a leaky faucet, or even a loose thread. Other Dad’s appreciate using the right tools to solve every problem. Methodical, organized, he’ll fix the problem and do it right the first time so it won’t have to be ‘patched up’ every month or so with new tape.

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For the Dad who is always on the ball, make sure his tool box is filled with all of the essentials this Sunday for Father’s Day, and every day you need to call on him.

Testers and Tools – Don’t risk electrical shock or unnecessary work when there are faulty or potentially bad wires at risk! The right testers will let him know exactly where the problem is.

Tool kits – Does Dad deserve a new toolkit or chest to hold all of his handy helpers in? A new chest will look great in the garage, and keep all the small bits nice and organized. Or maybe he needs a new complete service tool kit to do the job!

Power, & More Power – Dad should have the power to do whatever he needs and wants. Power extension cords are one of the most handy things you could ever give Dad. More power is better! 

Fun Summer Video and Audio Projects

Jun 7, 2012

This summer don’t trap yourself inside just because that’s where the air conditioning is. With a few home improvements, new audio video cables, and time, you can make your summer spectacular with air conditioner free entertainment.

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Have an old overhead projector?

Rather than toss it, transform your own overhead video projector for big screen projections. You can take your old projector, transform it and with a power cable sit it outdoors so it can project into a large sheet or painted wall. What do you need:

  •  LCD Flat Screen
  • Overhead projector
  • Tool kit
  •   And to watch this video!

Want to redo the basement?

If even your summer nights are sweltering, it’s time to retreat to the basement where things will be cooler with a lot less effort and costs. If your basement is currently being used for storage or is unused, clear out the old or reorganize to transform your basement into an entertainment center.

  • Before bringing any equipment down, make sure your place is mildew resistant.
  • Run any wires down from upstairs and be sure to cover any new outlets or wires with wall plates and a fresh coat of paint to impress the guests.
  • If you’re looking for theatre style comfort, get a large screen and comfy couches to make the seating. If not, scope the yard sales for a large TV to put in downstairs for your heat escape!

Run a lower electric bill by entertaining outside or downstairs where the heat isn’t needed. What other projects do you have planned for the summer?

 

 

 

Invest Your Summer in Audio Visual Exploration

May 28, 2012

audio adaptersMultimedia broadcasting and recording have really exploded for the amateur that wants to explore these areas. It is no longer an exclusively professional endeavor to create your own album or music video, nor do you have to wait to be discovered before you produce your own comedy show. YouTube videos receive viral status based on viewer interest, not executive approval, and summer is the ideal time for a teen with time on his hands to try those hands at media endeavors. 

So what do you need to get started?

Proper equipment can help in the process, as audio adapters and stereo adapters provide the connections needed to make the equipment you have work for the purposes you have in mind. Find a good source for your stereo adapters so that you will have clear sound. Audio adapters allow you to connect your electronic instruments to your own speaker system, creating the audio you need. Whether you are working with your smartphone or your parents’ camcorder, you can work with a trial and error approach in order to create interesting audio and visual effects.

As you find interesting ways to create the multimedia production of your choice, you may just become an overnight sensation. One viral hit is all it takes!

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