Cat6 bundled multi cable why should I use it?

Cat6 bundled multi cable why should I use it?

Bundled cable is the installers dream. Why? Because when all is said and done it should have made cabling easier and less costly. Multi cable or any other combination can make your life a lot simpler.

When you’re going to install cable or if you are a professional installer there are some overheads that you must consider. Some being your labor, even if you’re doing it for yourself you have to give some financial accountability to your own efforts. You are worth something, even if in your mind you’re doing it for free.  The hidden costs that you may not have calculated could very well be the cost of inventory.  

Suppose you’re wiring 6 or 7 locations for a customer? They want video, phone and security and data to each room. So what do you do? You run out and order several different reels of cable. Now each run is almost 250 or more feet and some may be less. 1000 Ft. reels seem to be the choice.  Now, you have to buy 3 or 4 different types of cable, Cat6, RG6, 18-2 and possibly Cat3 or 5e for the voice. Do to the various length runs you will have some waste on each reel. That’s a loss right there.

For all those different reels they can cost you $360.00 or more just for the cable and that can be only 2 runs off each reel. Then you have to actually pull the cable. If you’re a pro you know that labor intensive sites are a real drag on your budget.  Then trying to justify it to your customer who has a budget can cause you to even loose the job in the bidding. Now if you think about it there should be a way to make the job less labor intensive. Trying to pull multiple reels off of reel caddies all at the same time doesn’t always work the way you want it too. For one the cable has a tendency to separate and get stuck in the crevices and bends and sticky spots.  Not to count the nicks or cuts that be placed in the cable from trying to pull so many at once.

Do you think there could be a better way?  Thankfully Cat5e or Cat6 can be used for all different type of runs. These multiple cables in one wrapper or composite cables can also come in several combinations. So no matter what you’re trying to hook up there is more than likely a combo that works.

In comes the composite cable idea. Four Cat5e @ around $179.00 or 4 x Cat6 for a little more. This can be all the combinations you need in just one reel.  The result is less storage, less pulling and less cost.  Now that’s a great idea. Note all prices are estimated at the time of this writing. You must check the latest prices yourself.

Buy the Nintendo DSi – Is it Worth It?

Whether your kids (or you — I have my own) already own a Nintendo DS and are looking to update or upgrade, or you’ve never purchased a handheld console, the Nintendo DSi is a great product at a reasonable price.

The DSi features Nintendo’s stylus driven touchpad technology, though not all games make use of it, just like the original DS. However, this model of the system comes in a sleeker, slimmer package, with larger screen real estate.

Some improvements in the control buttons (namely, an on-off button instead of slider, and up-down volume control buttons, again, instead of a slider) are definitely welcome. While we never had issues with the power switch, the volume slider didn’t allow for fine enough adjustment, and often resulted in choosing one of three volume levels: Really Loud, Too Loud for the Car, and Mute.

The most significant improvement to the hardware is the inclusion of a dual-direction digital camera. The DSi user can take a picture of themself, without having to rotate the camera, or someone in front of them.

On the software side, the DSi includes a photo manipulation program, which allows the DSi user to add frames or filters to their photos, and the SD card slot makes it easy to transfer pictures to the family computer (or the local photo shop) for printing.

Similar to the original DS and DSLite, the new Nintendo DSi has a microphone to “hear” sounds, but new to the game is the option of recording sound via the voice recorder, and then manipulating it with various filters. My son’s favorite filter is combining the monotone filter with the harmony filter.

And, as long as you have iTunes, or another similar program that can convert your song library to.AAC format, the DSi can function as a simple music player — great for long car rides.

Thankfully, the DSi is also backward compatible with all of the original DS titles, so the total library of over 850 games is available to the new DSi user.

DSiWare is a new addition to the DS gaming consoles. Because the DSi is fitted with WiFi, as long as you’ve got a wireless internet connection available, you can go online and access DSiWare, the only “shopping channel” for Nintendo Dsi downloads like games and applications. There are some free apps, like FlipNote Studio, but most are purchased via Nintendo Points (same as Wii Points). 100 Nintendo points = $1, and there are plenty of fun apps and demos for under 500 points.

Still Holding Out? The Wii Console is Right For You

It’s very apparent that the Wii console sells so well because of it’s appeal to many, not just the so called gamers. With its Gamecube game system, Nintendo realized that a lot more people will buy if you target young kids, families, adults who want to play but are not addicted to video games. A basic, fun system will undoubtedly sell many more than the high end boxes that only appeal to hard core video game fans.

This has paid off big time for Nintendo. A couple years running now, they have been the top selling console and have multiples games in the top five sales as well. They hit their first home run with the Wii controller that is motion sensitive and allows players to just wave it in the air to move the characters on the screen. All ages from a four year old to a senior can certainly do that. This has made an all age attraction for Nintendo. The Wii Fit balance board has also been a big seller along with the Wii console and Wii Fit bundle. They continue to be off the charts with sales. Nintendo has been able to reach an audience that wants a fitness routine without playing a video game. This certainly separates them from the rest. Essentially, once players have a taste of the Wii Fit, they’ll also want to try some games. Why not? It’s fun, they’ll have all the equipment, and it’s something they can play with family and friends when they’re not working out.

The fun features definitely make the Wii console an entertainment value. Nintendo has the Wii Shop Channel, which allows owners to download games online, and play right away. At $10 and $20 these are incredibly affordable and can be purchased right online with a credit card, or by purchasing a Wii Points card at a local store. Lately the Wii also got access to the Netflix streaming video service, for Netflix subscribers. Anyone with a Netflix service subscription can download movies, documentaries and television shows for immediate streaming through their Wii system. This requires a wireless home network, which many households have today. By offering this feature the Wii console is now a complete entertainment center.

The highly anticipated new games in the Zelda series that are soon to be coming out, will only add to the appeal of the Wii. It’s rumored to be a high definition component. With all that Nintendo has to offer it continues to amaze and both audiences and retailers alike.