Monthly Archives: August 2017

  1. Better Know a Connector: SMA

    The SMA connector(SubMiniature version A) is a 50 ohm coaxial connector. It is visually similar to an F type connector that is commonly used for audio/video communication, but has different dimensions, mechanical properties and is used for different applications such as RF communications up to 18 GHz. Due to its construction, SMA connectors provide a strong and durable connection that minimizes reflections, limiting attenuation, and makes it a great choice when working with microwave frequencies.

    SMA Male Connector

    The SMA male connector is identified by inside 1/4″-36 threads and a 5/16″ hex nut. A standard polarity connector will have a male pin.

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  2. Wall Mount Network Rack Buyers Guide

    Wall mount network racks are a space saving way to mount networking equipment. When installing IT equipment in a data closet or shared space, there often is not enough space on the floor to mount a full relay rack or full size cabinet. To maximize the usable area, the IT hardware, such as switches, routers or patch panels, can be mounted on a wall mount network rack. This keeps the equipment off the floor in a nicely organized fashion.

    Like any rack or cabinet, wall mount racks are configurable with many options. Here is everything you need to know to select the right network rack.

    Select the Right Size
    Wall mount racks are a standard 19 inches wide. This is the width of most rack mountable networking equipment. However, they come in all different heights which are measured by rack units. Rack units, abbreviated RU or U,

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  3. Chromecast Audio Cables & New Chromecast Cables

    Last week Google announced two new devices in the Chromecast family; the Chromecast audio, for streaming audio to speakers, and a new version of their Chromecast streaming media player. We are excited about these two new products as we regularly use the original Chromecast in our office as an inexpensive digital signage solution. Since we are professed cable nerds, lets break down the cables you will need for each Chromecast.

    Chromecast Audio Cables

    The Chromecast ships with a standard 3.5mm male to male cable, like this:

    If your audio

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  4. Take A Stand Against Cable Spaghetti

    Does your rack look like this?

    Cord spaghetti isn’t only assaulting to your eyes and dignity, it can actually impede your ability to troubleshoot IT issues. If someone is experiencing connectivity problems at their desk, pinpointing the problem can be an impossibility without labeled and organized cables. Manually tracing a line into cable hell wastes precious time at best and, at worst, drives you to the brink of insanity.

    Get serious about tidying up your cables. Take the pledge now!

    Step 1: Admit You Have a Problem
    We get it. It’s tempting to loosely string a cable from point A to point B. It’s quick, easy, and you don’t have to deal with the real issues. 

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  5. Introducing ECore DuroRacks - Affordable Rack Solutions

    Ecore DuroRacks is an ever expanding line of racks, enclosures and accessories. Now you can outfit your project with these rackshelves, store your equipment in the locking cabinet, keep your cables organized with the D ring cable manager, or organize your telecom closet with the 2 post relay rack. All items are made with powder coated steel for long lasting performance and a professional appearance. When you need the same fit and function without the inflated price tag, choose Ecore Cables DuroRacks. relayrack

    Relay Racks

    Relay racks are a lightweight, yet sturdy solution for housing networking

    hardware.With 45 available rack spaces and made toan

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  6. Release: ShowMeCables Line Card

    We just released the latest version of the ShowMeCables’

    line card. It highlights the products and

    brands we offer on our website. With over 10,000

    products online, this is a quick sheet that highlights

    the broad types of products we offer.You can download

    the line card here.

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  7. Get Your Desk In Order

    Your desktop shouldn’t cause you stress. But if you have a ton of cables getting in your way, chances are you start to feel frustrated by the end of the day. With products like Sugru on the market, the days of stray and inconveniently placed cables are behind us. In this post, I’ll show you a few ways that I streamlined my desktop’s cables.

    Before getting to work, you can see how messy my desk was. Underneath the desk was really the worst of it, especially since my feet could easily get caught on a cable. To start, here’s what I grabbed.

    1. DVI-D Male Dual-Link Cables

    2. USB 2.0

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  8. What Do you Really Need For College?

    It’s about time for school to start again, so here’s a quick guide for first time college students. While it might be tempting to pack up absolutely everything from your bedroom at home, the truth is you don’t need all that stuff. Since dorm rooms are small and you will most likely be sharing the space with a roommate or two, you’re better off not over packing. Here are some of the essentials that you will need, especially on your first night. BEDDING For your first night in the dorms, you’ll want to make sure you have the right bedding. Oftentimes, dorm beds are extra long twin beds. Your university will be able to tell you what size sheets to get before you even move in, so check ahead of time to be sure you have the right size. A comforter and some pillows will complete your set up and give you a comfy spot to get a good night’s rest

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  9. Server Room Build Out

    ShowMeCables and our network cabling installation partners from INC Installs recently built out a new server room. We ran Cat6 cable for the main backbone. Everything was housed in two Middle Atlantic racks. We used ECore LED patch panels to connect the wire and used a variety of cable management products, including cable ties, Velcro, rear horizontal management, cable ladder and Neat Patch patch panels. Our installation team completed the project in a timely manner and did an amazing job. The installation made it easy to administer the network and keep it running. If you need help with a build out, contact our partners at INC Installs. Or, if you prefer a more DIY approach, you can stock up on materials at ShowMeCables.

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  10. 9 Spring Cleaning Tip for Your Tech

    Spring is a time for refreshing and rejuvenating our spaces. And while the oven could probably use a clean and your blinds really do need to be washed, it’s important not to forget about the pieces of technology that we use daily. Our phones, tablets and computers are our lifelines to the Internet, meaning we use them a lot. Here are 9 tips for keeping your gadgets clean and organized so that you can avoid getting sick and improve your functionality.

    Tip 1) Recycle Unused Items

    Do you have any outdated tech lying around that you know you’ll never use again? Or, maybe you have older stuff that you wish you could still use. Cleaning out the things that you don’t use will free up some office space! If you just can’t part with something out of date, chances are you can find adapters or converters to make it work. Otherwise,

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