The Fundamentals of HDMI Cables

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) cables represent the latest and greatest brand of network
The Fundamentals of HDMI Cables

The Fundamentals of HDMI Cables

data transmission. With HDMI cables, your home theater will enjoy ultra-fast digital speeds, enhanced audio and superior video performance.
So, in a nutshell, what should you know about HDMI cables?
  • The Future is Here, Now – All the major players in electronics – Toshiba, Sony, Philips, Panasonic and Hitachi, just to list a few – helped develop this global-wide connectivity standard. With HDMI cables, electronic product consumers will have a single cable for transmitting all sorts of data, including HD video and multichannel audio streams. Because HDMI cables can connect different components by different manufacturers, expanding and upgrading your home theater system has become easier than ever.

Life Hack: Tips for Cable Management

Are you managing your cable? Or is your cable managing you? As anybody in the network world knows, organization is everything. A mangled mess of wires can produce frustration for your maintenance staff, and it can also compromise safety – think of mislabeled wires or dangerous tangles. So what’s the best way to keep your cables and wires in check? Primus Cable features an affordable, extensive selection of cable management products.

Life Hack: Tips for Cable Management

Life Hack: Tips for Cable Management

  • Cable Management Accessories – from protective sleeves to cable standoff modules, we have the products to protect your cables. Punched-out metal panels can produce fire hazards for cables. Sleeve bushings are designed to accommodate wires and cables by eliminating sharp edges. If close proximity is giving your network attenuation problems, a non-metallic cable spacer might be the way to go.
  • Cable Runway Systems – when it comes to proper networking, the road is just as important as the destination. Make sure your cables and wires have a smoothly paved pathway. Ladder racks (both straight and curved) route your network wires up and out of the way. Splice kits can provide a much-needed “fork in the road” for expanded network capability. Mounting kits turn empty wall space into a functional asset for all sorts of network cables. (continue reading…)

The Benefits of Getting Your Supplies from Primus Cable

Primus Cable has been supplying quality, affordable network components for nearly two decades. Our reputation as a fast, friendly supplier has been earned by establishing trust with engineers, administrators, project managers, electricians and other network professionals.

RCA Component Video Cable

RCA Component Video Cable

Why should you choose Primus Cable as your network supplier?

  • Cost: Primus Cable’s products are competitively priced to fit any budget requirement. If you’re with a multinational firm or a smaller start-up, our price structure is designed to offer the best value.
  • Inventory: Primus Cable offers everything you need to build a new network or enhance an existing one. No more sourcing supplies from multiple vendors. No more invoice headaches with the purchasing department. We’re known as a single source for any and all network components.
  • Experience: With close to 20 years’ experience under our (electrician’s) belt, we have the know-how and expertise to help you choose the best network products. Our friendly customer service team leverages their knowledge to keep you one step ahead of the curve.
  • Integrity: When you order UL Listed cable, you’re actually getting UL Listed cable. The cable industry has been hit with shady counterfeits recently, but Primus Cable’s internal quality system ensures that you’ll receive exactly what you order – the first time, and every time afterwards. (continue reading…)

Cables for your Home Theater

Cables for your Home Theater   

Lights, camera, action – who doesn’t love a good movie? Trips to the local theater for a summer blockbuster or a pulse-pounding horror flick are as American as baseball and apple pie. But with advanced technology available for home theater systems, many people are choosing to build their own in-house movie theater. Many reasons explain the shift toward home theaters.

Cables for your Home Theater

Cables for your Home Theater

  • The DIY pride factor – building your own system brings a sense of achievement.
  • The convenience factor – why drive to the theater when there’s one in the next room?
  • The price factor – have you seen the prices for movie theater popcorn? Yeah, we think they’re outrageous as well!

A crucial component for any home theater is the cable system. The right cables for your home theater ensure top-quality audio and video is delivered – and, after all, audio/video cables are what make any movie unforgettable. You could have the best big-screen TV on the market, or superior surround speakers – but without proper cables in place, your home theater would get more than a few thumbs down. With Primus Cable, you’ll enjoy a great selection of home theater cables, all at exceptional prices.

A recent advancement in home theater cables is HDMI cable. HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) cables are the replacement for older, analog video streams. HDMI’s blazing fast digital characteristics allow video and audio data to be transferred from a source device to a home theater’s digital television, projector or surround speaker system. With its quick connectivity and reliable performance, HDMI cables are essential for any home theater experience.

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The Importance of Patch Panels

The Importance of Patch Panels

Patch panels are a crucial (and often overlooked) element of any interconnected network. Essentially, patch panels serve as a network’s central location for monitoring and connecting circuits. Often times, they’re used to connect and disconnect equipment. Picture a panel as a traffic signal, it’s the traffic signal that monitors and controls the flow of traffic through its intersection. A patch panel is an absolutely critical component for uptime, performance, speed and other important characteristics.

Importance of Patch Panels

Importance of Patch Panels

Available in different sizes and configurations, patch panels can be customized to fit your network’s unique needs. But all patch panels are similar in one regard – they’re important for any network’s ability to configure new equipment (and also phase out old components).
Patch panels are versatile enough to handle both copper and fiber cable networks. Each type has its own pros and cons. Some network professionals think copper-compatible patch panels have superior reliability and more secure connections, while others tout fiber’s fast speed and ability to easily upgrade existing networks. No matter the cable type, one thing’s for certain – no network can run well without a properly configured patch panel.

Also referred to as jack fields and patch bays, patch panels consist of ports to quickly connect cables. Patch cords are used for data streams entering and exiting the patch panel. While no physical limit exists for a patch panel’s size, most have anywhere from 24 to 96 ports. For larger networks, hundreds of ports can be used. That’s another factor in a patch panel’s importance – as your network grows, ports can be added to accommodate ever-expanding demand.

Cable management is another essential aspect for any properly configured network. Patch panels also assist electricians and network engineers by providing convenient, flexible routing options. Because a patch panel has numerous ports in close proximity, cables can be routed, labeled and monitored easily and efficiently.

Now that you’ve been exposed to Patch Panels 101, you can see the significance of having patch panels in place. Primus Cable offers an impressive assortment of patch panels to help your network achieve optimum performance. Please contact our customer service department with any question. We’re here to help!


11 Top Cable Networking Products for 2013

Here at Primus Cable our mission is clear. We want to bring you the highest quality networking cables on the market. In this post we share the 11 Top Cable Networking Products for 2013.

Top Cable Networking Products

Top Cable Networking Products

High-Speed Data Applications, Gigabit Ethernet and Fast Ethernet requirements.

1.       Shielded Cat5e Outdoor Cable with Waterblock Tape

11 Top Cable Networking Products for 2013

Shielded Cat5e Outdoor Cable with Waterblock Tape – 11 Top Cable Networking Products for 2013

This high-performance data communications cable has an outdoor-ready construction and provides a basic degree of water resistance. Designed to handle all your data, telco, video, and security needs, this cable comes with waterblock tape. While not intended for long term submersion, it does work to protect the cable from moisture and liquid. The network cable is an excellent choice for any outdoor or direct burial application.

2.       CAT6 Fire-Retardant Ethernet Cable

11 Top Cable Networking Products for 2013

11 Top Cable Networking Products for 2013

This Category 6 network cable is versatile enough for residential and commercial installations. The high-quality design features Cat6 solid unshielded cable for unmatched attenuation and crosstalk capability. Plus, the jacket’s flame retardant, low smoke zero halogen, makes this cable a perfect solution for fire hazard areas.

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The Difference Between Single Mode and Multi Mode Fiber Optics

The Difference Between Single Mode and Multi Mode Fiber Optics

You’ve probably heard the terms “single mode” and “multi mode” fiber optic cables. But what’s the difference between single mode and multi mode fiber optics? Well, it’s pretty simple – but you have to go INSIDE the cable for the answer.

Difference Between Single Mode and Multi Mode Fiber Optics

Difference Between Single Mode and Multi Mode Fiber Optics

Basically, the main difference with each type of fiber optic cable is the interior size.

    • Single mode fibers consist of a tiny glass core that typically has a diameter between 8.3 and 10 microns (9 microns is a popular size). The single glass strand carrier higher bandwidth than multi mode fiber optic. However, the single mode fiber optic uses one light source in a tight spectral width. The result? Single mode fiber optic is your best choice for transferring high speed data over long distances. Their unique properties make single mode less susceptible to attenuation than multi mode fiber optics.
    • Multi mode fibers contain much larger cores than single mode. Their cores are anywhere from 5 to 7 times larger than single mode cores. With a diameter ranging between 50 to 62.5 microns, multi mode fiber optics can accommodate a higher data volume than single mode. But with the greater capacity comes a setback – multi mode fiber optics have higher attenuation levels, so they’re typically used over shorter distances.

When choosing fiber optic cable for your network, the key considerations should be attenuation and distance. If you need to transmit less data over longer distances, use single mode fiber optic cables. For a greater data capacity over shorter distances, go with multi mode fiber optic cables. Multi mode is often used for LANs and other small networks.

Whatever you pick, Primus Cable stocks superior single mode and multi mode fiber optic cables for your network. Our experienced and friendly customer service team is ready to answer any questions you might have. Give us a call today!


Choosing the Right Video Cables

With the wide variety of home theater technology that has become available over the last ten years—RPTV, Plasma TV, LED, LCD, amongst others—it is more important than ever to choose the right audio and video cables to connect your home theater. We understand, it is not always easy to know which ones to get and where to get high quality cables. Here is a little information on choosing the right video cables.

Choosing the Right Video Cables

Choosing the Right Video Cables

HDMI Audio or Video Cables

The audio/video industry is changing, and HDMI is at the front of home theater connectivity. HDMI is the best choice. What is HDMI? HDMI is acronym for High-Definition Multimedia Interface, and it transmits high quality audio and video signal over a single cable. HDMI cables are made to hand 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second and 24-bit audio at 192KHz. The signal remains in digital form, protecting it from audio and video signal interference and signal loss. Because it is in digital form, lengths under six feet will usually work with the same great quality. Just make sure it is not defective, and buy from a reputable company (like us). For anything over six feet, you’re definitely going to want high quality (maybe more expensive) cable. Many companies sell these types of cables. Our HDMI cables are excellent. And with our help, you’re going to get the best bang for your buck.

Component Cables

Whether you are looking for high definition or standard definition, component cables are a great solution. Component cables provide HD connection (and standard definition) between devices such as your Blu-Ray to TV. While component cables have hi-definition capabilities, they don’t carry the same audio quality (35Mhz) as HDMI. When getting composite cables, you will need to get the audio cables as well. With some component cables, audio cables are included.

Make sure your cables are hi-definition capable. Use shorter cables with lower gauge cable size to prevent signal interference and signal loss. Get cable that is rated at 75 +/- 1.5 Ohms. Also, many of us may wonder if gold-plating really matters. Why yes, it does. While non-gold plated cables are okay, in order to ensure quality, it is better to get the gold-plated component cables. Component cable inputs are on most audio and video products, such as DVD, Blu-Ray, and HDTV. If you’re looking for some new, high caliber component cables, we carry them. (continue reading…)


Why Fiber Optic Cables are Better Than Copper

Making the switch from copper cable to fiber optic cable? We understand that you may be asking why. There are many beneficial reasons. When trying to decide whether to buy fiber optic cables or regular, copper cable ones, it’s essential to understand just what fiber optics are and how they can benefit your network.

Why Fiber Optic Cables are Better Than Copper

Why Fiber Optic Cables are Better Than Copper

Fiber Signal more Secure and Clear

To put it simply, fiber optics is a technology that uses glass fibers instead of copper conductors to transmit data. Each of those glass fibers that are bundled together are capable of sending messages adjusted onto light waves. Because fiber transmits the signal through glass in the form of light, it does not conduct electricity—they do not require grounding and they are not susceptible to electromagnetic interference. This means that fiber optics have an extremely secure signal and maintains a very clear signal (virtually noise free).

More Information, Faster

Fiber optic cable transmits information digitally, giving it the ability to carry higher bandwidths at higher speeds, meaning more information, less waiting, and over longer distances. Copper cable can’t compare to fiber optics in bandwidth and speed capabilities.

Ease of Installation

Fiber optic cables are thinner and lighter than copper cables, which makes maneuvering them much easier. With copper cable being much more bulky, it is often difficult to make changes in your current network without drastic changes. If you are installing a new fiber network or just replacing lines, they can be easily placed in existing areas where runs are made.

Less Corrosive

However, these advantages don’t come without some cost. Due to their sophisticated nature, they are more fragile than copper wires and more expensive to install. But this also comes with an advantage—cable damage and failure is detected early and immediately. The benefit is that fiber optic cable does not corrode and is not as sensitive to water and chemical damage, meaning that correctly installed, they last for a long time. (continue reading…)


5 Great Video Security System Products

5 Great Video Security System Products from Primus Cable

The point of a video security system is safety, and by adding state-of-the-art, yet affordable products, you can bolster your video surveillance system’s defense. Here are 5 products you should know for video security. 

1. Color Outdoor Infrared “BALL/GLOVE” Camera 14 IR LEDs

If you need to be able to record in complete darkness and in color, then the economical Silverline dome camera from Golden State Instruments is the perfect solution. It is manufactured with dual glass using two glass layers to prevent IR reflections. It includes a 4.6mm Lens (f.2.0) and 14 IR LEDs enabling you to see for an IR minimum of 12 meters. This 1/3” Sony Super HAD CCD camera has a ball glove dome for 3 Axis mounts which are ideal for wall installations and an IP66 weather-proof rated housing. Also included is an Aluminum alloy outer housing that is perfect for Outdoor protection and heat dissipation.

Color Outdoor Infrared

Color Outdoor Infrared

2. RG59 95% BC Braid Shield Siamese CCTV Coax Cable with 18/2 Power cables 1000ft

This high quality RG59 20 AWG Siamese Coaxial Cable is suited for CCTV applications, as well as CATV in indoor settings. This security cable is structured with one 20 AWG bare copper conductor, 95% bare copper braid coaxial cable, and one 18 AWG stranded power cable. This coaxial cable is provided in wooden spools in a length of 1,000ft.

RG59 Siamese 20AWG Coaxial Cable

RG59 Siamese 20AWG Coaxial Cable

3. DVR, 16 Channel, H.264 Compression, Pentaplex, w/ 2TB Hard Drive

The H.264 DVRs are the most Advanced H.264 Standalone Digital Video Recorders developed for all industrial applications. In addition to its sleek and smooth professional design, it is very reliable and cost effective. Real Time Live Viewing. Most of all its Full D1 and Crystal Clear picture quality using very small recording sizes offer greater advantages than many other Mpeg4 or Mjpeg DVRs. Other DVRs cannot compare!

DVR, 32 Channel, H.264 Compression, Pentaplex

DVR, 32 Channel, H.264 Compression, Pentaplex

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