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Cable Connectors

Cable Connectors

Cable Connectors

By Anne Ahira

Our modern world is one that is full of electronics. With electronics comes the need to hook up wires or cables and with the need to do that we have a need for a plethora of Cable Connectors to get that job done.

We’re going to go over some of the different types of them here to familiarize you with them so you can have a general understanding of things that you might see.

Cable Connectors around your home entertainment unit can come in a wide range of styles.

Most RCA style connections carry either strictly an audio signal from things like a CD player into the surround sound receiver in your living room. Some video signals called GRB also are transmitted via a thicker cable with termination in an RCA plug.

High quality video can be transmitted into a cable via an S-video connection which somewhat resembles an old PS-2 mouse plug. Your cable or satellite might use the standard cable connection called and RG, which you might be most familiar with.

There is also a connection called an HDMI, which is used to send high def video to and from most new fully digital sources. While there are other connections that you might find in your living room system, this covers most of the common ones.

Cable Connectors in the world of your computer are too numerous to cover in entirety. We’ll hit some of the most common out there today. For getting signals in and out of your computer the most common, bar none is the USB or Universal Serial Bus connector.

Most devices today use it and it can be plugged in and out without turning off the PC and will not cause damage to your computer. The second most popular is the Firewire cable, which is used for moving large amounts of data, like video or multi-track audio from a device into and out of the computer.

You will also find your computer might have a Cat 5 or Ethernet Cable Connector or connectors on it. This is used to interconnect your computers to routers and other home networking gear.

While you are thinking about Cable Connectors keep one thing in mind. Unless you are a technician, if a cable is broken or not functioning, don’t try and fix it yourself.

If you cross up a wire you can cause irreparable damage to the device or devices that might be hooked together with that connection and that will be more expensive than just replacing the cable with a new one, I guarantee it beyond a shadow of a doubt.

If you find a Cable Connector that you don’t recognize, get someone else to identify it before you play with it, it might goof something up or even worse, it might injure you.

Best Digital Copiers for the Office


Digital Copiers

By Anne Ahira

Many active offices and business corporations today consist of several computers connected together in a network forming information systems that exchange data for productive purposes.

A lot of the information gets printed on paper for filing or other purposes and it is very likely for copies of these important documents are made for archiving, reference, or for certain individuals in the office.


Copying machines make this possible, but their slow copying speeds, low capacity, average ink quality, few supported formats, and lack of features can make these traditional copying machines unreliable for mission critical tasks. Digital copiers that are sold in are far more enhanced than ordinary copiers especially if any of these models are going to be used in the office.

Canon imageCLASS D320

The Canon D320 is a small digital copier that is advertised as a personal digital copier for offices at home. This is why the price is quite low at under $250, but it still has some impressive specs like laser printing with an impressive speed of 15 copies-per-minute.

It also has support for legal size paper and despite the small size, can hold 250 sheets of paper. Finally, it is an environmentally conscious digital copier that has Energy Star Qualifications.

Canon imageCLASS D340

The D340 can print just as fast as the D320, but also contains a 50-sheet automatic document feeder and warms up very quickly in just 1 second. It is also smaller and lighter than the D320 while having only a slightly higher price tag. It is a better choice for small offices as it is easy to use and the automatic document feeder is a great convenience.

Brother DCP-8080dn

Brother is an excellent brand when opting for digital copiers that have more features and specs. The DCP-8080dn is one of the features that are more advanced, but cost only slightly higher than the Canon imageCLASS models. This digital copier is superior in printing speeds capable of printing up to 32 copies-per-minute.

The maximum dpi is 1200 x 1200 which is twice as much as the D340. In addition to the legal size support, the DCP-8080dn also supports automatic duplex printing to save time in printing both sides of a paper.

It can also carry more sheets of paper with a capacity of 300 sheets. However, this digital copier is twice as heavy so it is important to find a good spot and take advantage of its Ethernet capabilities so multiple computers in the network can use it without needing to move it.

Generally, the larger the business, the larger the digital copier is needed. Avoid getting digital copiers that have enhanced specs that won’t be used. To save money, figure out how often the digital copier will be used before choosing the desired specs.