What’s the Difference Between 24 AWG, 26 AWG and 28 AWG Network Cables?

When shopping for Cat5e, Cat6 or Cat6a network cables, you may notice an AWG specification printed on the cable jacket, like 24 AWG. The AWG stands for American Wire Gauge, a standardized system for describing the diameter of the individual conductors (wires) that make up a cable. To understand the differences between similar network cables with different AWG sizes, let’s take a look at what wire gauge means. [Continue reading]

Protect Your Fish, Plants and Equipment with UPS Battery Backup for Aquariums

One never knows when a power outage may strike, and if you own fish and other sea creatures, you should be prepared with an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for your aquarium. Heaters, aerators, filtration systems—all need electrical power to … [Continue reading]

How to Choose the Best Power Conditioner for a Guitar Amp

Line noise is like kryptonite to a musician. It doesn’t matter how well you jam if the music is drowned out by hums, hisses or other background noises caused by electromagnetic interference (EMI) or radio frequency interference (RFI). Some EMI/RFI … [Continue reading]

Single-Phase vs Three-Phase Power Explained

Single phase power is: - Used in most homes and small businesses - Able to supply ample power for most smaller customers, including homes and small, non-industrial businesses - Adequate for running motors up to about 5 horsepower; a single phase … [Continue reading]

How Do You Choose Between the Different Types of PDUs?

Growing demand for computing power and constraints on physical space have led to even more densely packed rack enclosures. As the number of rack-mounted servers, blade servers, network switches and routers has increased, so has the need for more … [Continue reading]