5 Essential Tools for the Tech-Savvy Business Traveler

According to the U.S. Travel Association, Americans logged 457.4 million “person-trips” for business purposes last year, a person-trip defined as “one person on a trip away from home overnight in paid accommodations or on a day or overnight trip to places 50 miles or more [one-way] from home.”

For many of you, the work doesn’t take a coffee break when you leave the office. There’s always one more email to send, one more report to look over, one more spreadsheet to complete. To avoid missing critical deadlines while you’re on the go, you’ve got to stay plugged in. And to do that, you need these essential devices to keep you organized and productive. [Read more…]

What’s the Difference Between Thunderbolt™ and Mini DisplayPort?

If connectors fit together, they must function together, right?

Not so fast…just because a Thunderbolt 1 or 2 connector and a Mini DisplayPort connector use the same geometry, that doesn’t mean you can always plug one into the other and get results.

DisplayPort is a passive technology with its sole function to deliver audio/video signals from a source to a display. DisplayPort 1.2 technology is known for outstanding performance capabilities with support for uncompressed full-color 4K video at 60 Hz, multi-channel audio and 3D stereo. But that’s the limit of its awesomeness. [Read more…]

Which Ethernet Cable Should You Use — Cat5e, Cat6 or Cat6a?

The decision of whether to use Category 5e, 6 or 6a cables to wire your Ethernet network pretty much comes down to cost, data transfer speed and connection distance. All use RJ45 connectors to patch into your network via server, router, computer or other hardware. As well, all support Power over Ethernet (PoE). Otherwise, each cable has a different standard. [Read more…]

How to Extend and Distribute Audio/Video Signals Over IP

As digital signage applications continue to grow, so does the need to get high-quality content from a source to a display (or multiple displays) over long distances. This has resulted in connectivity solutions that need to be more scalable, more flexible and capable of transmitting digital signals over longer distances in the most efficient way possible… enter IP-based extender kits.
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Connect 10Gb Equipment to 40Gb Switches Instantly with All-in-One Fiber Patch Panels

n48k15m8l60b-front-lAs faster network speeds emerge, the challenge of integrating different generations of equipment into your network infrastructure becomes more and more prevalent. Many application engineers meet this challenge with custom breakout cables, which can be quite costly and are more of a workaround than a real solution. [Read more…]