4 Important Questions About Ethernet Cables Answered

Important Questions about Ethernet Cables Answered
Everyone is well aware of ethernet cables because you all use PCs, internet routers and switches unless you’ve been living under a rock. These cables are a key part of the home-computing experience and are used to connect devices within a local area network to ensure a smooth transition of data.

However, irrespective of using ethernet cables in their homes and offices, many people still have several questions regarding these cables such as which is the right ethernet cable to use, where to connect the cable and which one will be the best for a certain device?

Fear not! You’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, the team of RTC Electronics has answered four important questions about ethernet cable to help you out.

1) What Is the Best Ethernet Cable for Gaming?

If you do some heavy gaming and need an ethernet cable that can speed up downloading of large game files, then go for Cat 5e or Cat 6 cables. Both are great options and work in the same way. Since Cat 6 is an improved version of Cat 5e ethernet cable, it can perform better. The difference between the two is that Cat 5e has a maximum bandwidth of 100 MHz and offers speed of up to 1 Gigabits per second whereas Cat 6 has a maximum bandwidth of 250 MHz and offers a speed of 10 Gigabits per second.

Some of the cables that you can consider buying are-

2) How to Connect an Ethernet Cable to a Router?

Important Questions about Ethernet Cables Answered

Many people don’t know that they can connect a wireless router to a computer with an ethernet cable sans a wireless adaptor. That said, it is advisable to establish a wired connection to access the internet as it will offer faster internet speed. If you don’t know how to connect it. Simply follow the steps mentioned below-

  • Make sure your router is online (i.e. receiving signal)
  • Locate the ethernet port on your router and computer (square holes at the back of the device and generally ‘Ethernet’, ‘LAN’ or ‘Internet’ is written above or next to the hole)
  • Plug one end of the cable into the computer port and the other end to the router (ethernet cable’s ends are interchangeable so you use either end to connect the devices)
  • Look at the taskbar on the screen, where network icon is present, to check whether the computer has detected the connection or not (if not, configure the settings by going to the ‘Network & Internet’ settings)
  • Doing so will easily connect your computer to the router

3) Why is My Ethernet Cable Not Working? How to Fix it?

There can be several reasons why your ethernet cable is not working. For example, loose connection, faulty wire, outdated driver, broken port or network issue. You can find out the actual cause of trouble and fix it by going through certain methods.

  • First of, try the old trick of turning off your computer or laptop, unplugging the wire, plugging in the cable after 30 seconds and turning the system on. If this method resolves the issue, then you can breathe a sigh of relief.
  • Secondly, check if the ethernet is enabled in your system or not. Go to ‘Device Manager’, right click on ‘Network Device’, if you see ‘Disable’ option, select ‘Enable’ and restart the system. Once it is enabled, check the connection.
  • If the above two methods are not helping, then update drivers as the old driver can have a compatibility issue.

4) Which Is the Fastest Ethernet Cable?

Among the different types of ethernet cables available, Cat 6 cables are the latest and the fastest type in the market. These cables offer the performance of up to 600 MHz, allows up to 10 GB per second speed and has a shielding of its twisted pairs that improves noise resistance. They are compatible with older devices as well. They can fall too heavy on your pocket, but choosing them really pays off because of their impressive features.

We hope that this blog post was able to answer your questions about ethernet cables. Anything we missed? Do let us know by visiting our store or giving us a call. RTC Electronics will surely help you make an informed buying decision to get premium electronic accessories.

When is the Best Time of the Year to Buy New Gadgets?

Best Time to Buy New Gadgets
Don’t you just hate when your smartphone shuts down abruptly, when your laptop runs slow or when your ceiling speakers start troubling you with an unpleasant noise? These are the warning signs that indicate you should replace them with new ones. That’s the time when people rush to buy new gadgets either online or at their local electronics store. Unfortunately, they end up buying accessories at a relatively higher price because of their urgent requirement and wrong timing.

To grab the best deals on your gadget shopping, wait for the right time and save big on your purchase. Go through this blog post by the experts of RTC Electronics to find out more!

Best Time to Purchase New Gadgets & Electronic Accessories

After the Holiday Season

It might be enticing to look for online deals or enter an electronic store near you during the holiday season when people are buying new gadgets. Smart TV, laptop, mobile phones and Android TV boxes; the choices are endless. But, it is the wrong time for the purchase. Once the holiday has passed, you can avail the discounts offered by retail stores to clear the excessive inventory they have. Many stores drop the prices providing you with the opportunity to buy electronic accessories at affordable prices. Resist the temptation of shopping on Black Friday and enjoy great discounts on Cyber Monday when the festive shopping frenzy is relatively low.

After a New Version Is Released

If you’re eyeing a brand-new smartphone with its current version, then wait for its updated release or the next version to get the original gadget at a discounted price. While most people prefer getting the latest software as soon as it comes out, shopping for older version can actually be profitable for you. Usually, the release of newer models leads to a price reduction in the older models.

buy net gadgets online from RTC electronics storeApple dropped the prices of iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8 and 8 Plus after launching iPhone XS, thus offering a savings of up to $110 off each model.

iPhone 7 32 GB – $629, was $739

iPhone 7 Plus 32 GB – $789, was $889

iPhone 8 64 GB – $819, was $929

iPhone 8 Plus 64 GB – $949, was $1059

So, if you’re not too much into buying the latest models, go for the older models to get some savings. The only catch is you need to bear with your old smartphone for some time to get your favourite tech item on a budget.

When the Demand Is Low

It’s no secret that the demand and price of the products are directly proportional to each other. When the demand for a product is high, the price will automatically skyrocket. Other than the period after the holiday season, you can choose to buy gadgets when their demand is low to get them at lower rates. For example, the best time to buy air conditioners and refrigerators is during the winter season. Generally, the prices of these products are less at that time because people don’t buy them during the colder months. Similarly, consider buying wireless Bluetooth speakers and other audio & video accessories after the wedding season and New Year celebrations. This is the time when their demand is low.

Stay updated on trending tech news, look for the release of latest versions and make the most of off-season sale to get deals on gadgets that you can’t resist. Prepare ahead of time before going to an electronic store and save your money without compromising on your favourite gadget. Best of luck!

4 Awesome Internet Tricks That No One Told You Before

4 Awesome Internet Tricks That No One Told You BeforeThe internet is one of the most interesting inventions mankind has ever created. It has brought the world to your fingertips and made your life a lot easier. From getting the latest updates about your favourite celebrity to finding the shortest route to your destination, the internet is your best friend when it comes to getting information about anything. But, no matter how much time you spend online, there will still be several tricks and tips left to be learned. After all, the world of technology is full of tech hacks.

In today’s blog post, we have come up with four cool internet tricks that you were not aware of before. Applications of these tricks while surfing the internet will help you become an internet pro.

1) Finding Downloadable Links for MP3 Songs

If you don’t use Spotify or any other online streaming app to listen to your favourite songs, then identifying the correct links for downloading MP3 songs is challenging. The internet is loaded with fake links that act as click bait. To find downloadable links for MP3 songs, use the code ‘intitle:index.of?mp3 song title’. For example, if you want to download the song ‘Thinking Out Loud’, copy and paste the code ‘intitle:index.of?mp3 thinking out loud’ and hit ‘Enter’. You will find verified web pages with correct links to download MP3 files.

2) Knowing If a Website Is Safe to Browse

The virtual world is filled with websites that break into your profile and try to steal your personal and financial information with phishing emails and spam tricks. To protect yourself from these cyber threats, copy and paste this link in your address bar. Write the website’s domain name that you want to browse instead of ‘example’ to learn that website’s safety standards. Once it is verified that the website is safe to browse, only then visit it.

3) Playing YouTube Videos in Slow Motion

Internet TricksDid you know that you can play videos in slow motion? If not, this awesome trick will be of great help to you. All you need to do is hold the space bar on your keyboard for a few seconds and the video will start playing at a slower speed. It may be quite interesting and funny to watch some videos in slow motion. Also, you can easily click a screenshot of a particular moment. Thank me later!

4) Searching Incomplete Phrases on Google

It is hard to remember every phrase, proverb, quote or lyric. Sometimes you remember half of the sentence and forget the rest. So, what should you do if you want to search it on the internet? Apply a simple trick of putting an asterisk in a quoted sentence to replace the missing word. For example, if you want to identify the song ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’ by Brett Young with the lyric ‘Even though I don’t tell you all the time’. But, you don’t remember the word ‘though’ or ‘time’. Search for “Even * I don’t tell you all the *” (with quotation marks). This trick will help you find the most accurate results instead of results which just happen to have the said words.

If you want to become a tech-master, start applying the above-mentioned tips whenever you surf the internet. They will not only help you complete a lot of tasks quickly but also impress your friends with your knowledge. To learn more about the latest gadgets and buy certified electronic accessories, visit our electronics store in Mississauga.

What You Need to Do When Switching from Android to iPhone

What You Need to Do When Switching from Android to iPhone 3Android and iOS are the two most popular operating systems in the world of mobile phone technology. Both competitors offer great features and have a loyal customer base. But sometimes, customers switch from Android to iPhone either to experience using a different operating system or because of the higher security features offered by iOS. This switch can be challenging as after using Android for a long time you must have accumulated a decent amount of data and have the habit of using a different user interface.

Fear not! The RTC Electronics team has come up with a guide to smoothen this transition for you. Read through this blog post to understand what you need to do when switching from Android to iPhone. We have divided the post into three parts for your convenience.

Part-I

Create a Backup

Before you attempt to switch, make sure that you create a back up of all your existing smartphone’s information. This will help you if you’re unable to transfer all your data from Android to iOS. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry. You can sync your content to your computer or use a microSD card, cloud service or a hard disk to keep your photographs, videos, contacts, music files, calendar and other important content safe.

Download ‘Move to iOS’ App

move from android

To ensure a hassle-free transfer of data from your Android smartphone to iPhone, Apple has made a special tool named ‘Move to iOS’. This app is available to any device running Android 4.0 or later and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Install the app on your Android smartphone, accept permission requests and open the app. In the meantime, simply boot up your new iPhone while setting it up, reach the screen titled ‘Apps & Data’ and tap ‘Move Data from Android’ option. Now, tap ‘Continue’ on both devices followed by ‘Agree’ and ‘Next’. Your Android device will ask to enter a 12-digit code displayed on your new iPhone. Enter the code to connect both devices over a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network. Lastly, your iPhone will ask to finish setting up the device and you’ll get your email account, Chrome bookmarks, photos, videos, calendar and other information in the new device.

Part-II

 

Understand What Content You Can Transfer and What You Can’t

Even if you have created a backup and transferred all data from your previous device to the new one, it is important for you to know that you can’t transfer everything as not all software works in an iOS device. Here’s an overview of the data you can and can’t move to your iPhone.

  • Photos and videos– No one wants to lose their precious memories just because they are changing their phones. If you saved your photos and videos on your Google account, then merely installing Google Photos on your iPhone is required to download all of those photos and videos to your new device.

  • Music– If you listen to music online, then you don’t need to worry as you can simply stream your favourite songs through a streaming service like Spotify and enjoy them on your new device. If you had a good collection of downloaded songs for offline listening, then you can add DRM-free files to iTunes. However, music files with DRM need to be authorized first (with an app) to use it on your iPhone. Some DRM files aren’t supported on the iOS at all. So, make sure you check all the files before switching. Also, Windows Media files can’t be played on iPhone, so convert them to AAC or MP3 and then add them to iTunes.

  • Contacts– The address book and other contact details can be easily and seamlessly transferred to your new phone with the ‘Moe to iOS’ app. The contacts that you have saved on the cloud will be available on your iPhone once you download it.

  • Apps- This is the biggest point of difference between Android iOS as there are several Android apps that don’t work on iPhones and vice versa. You can’t bring all your apps with you when you switch platforms. The good news is there are many apps that have their iPhone versions available on the Apple Store. But, if you have paid apps, then you have to purchase them again for your new device. Also, the iPhone versions of the apps you need won’t come with your data.

  • Text Messages– If you have stored text messages on your Android phone, then they might not get transferred to your phone. However, if they are in stored in the cloud or in a third-party app, then you can access them by downloading the iPhone version of that app.

Part-III

What to Expect

The decision of switching from Android to iPhone is not easy. Getting used to a new operating system will take time and feel a little odd. So, be aware of what to expect from this transition. Let’s have a look at some benefits and drawbacks of moving to iOS to keep things realistic for you.

Benefits

  • iPhone is easier to use compared to Android because the user interface is intuitive and simpler to master. If understanding technology is not your cup of tea, then you have taken the right decision to switch to an iOS. Also, the interface is consistent on all versions of iPhone.

  • Unlike Android devices that are vulnerable to receiving malware, iPhones are more secure. The App Store contains legitimate apps only, thus safeguarding you from downloading malicious software or apps that secretly access data off your device.

  • The hardware and software of the iPhone are optimized and controlled by Apple, thus maintaining a pre-defined standard. On the other hand, Google sells Android software to various smartphone manufacturing companies so the quality of hardware depends on the manufacturer. Therefore, when you switch to an iOS device, you’re sure of the quality of hardware and software you get.

  • Even if your iPhone is lost or stolen, you can access and recover your data. The ‘Find My Phone’ setting allows you to locate your phone, extract the data using iPhone Backup Extractor, block your lost phone and delete the data so that no one else can access it.

Drawbacks

  • iPhone has fewer customization options as you can’t change the home screen, add widgets of your choice, install apps from places other than the App Store and share files from other devices. Also, an iPhone doesn’t support all electronic accessories. For example, the latest iPhones don’t have headphone jacks so you have to buy Apple ear.

  • You can not add an SD memory card to your iPhone as the device doesn’t support external storage.

  • iPhone doesn’t offer to multitask, unlike Android devices that allow you to divide your screen and use two apps at the same time. Of course, you can listen to music and search something on the web simultaneously. But, you won’t be able to multitask.

  • You won’t find as many apps on the Apple Store as there were on Google Play Store. Additionally, most apps on the Apple Store need to be bought and can’t be shared either.

Hopefully, the above-mentioned guide will help you make the transition from Android to iPhone easily and smoothly. Start with creating a backup and downloading the ‘Move to iOS’ app. Understand the type of files you can transfer before switching and be ready for the benefits and challenges that come with this move. To learn more about smartphones and other electronic accessories, give us a call or visit our electronics store in Mississauga.

5 Important Features of the Latest Android 9.0

5 Important Features of the Latest Android 9.0 2After Nougat and Oreo, Google’s new OS Android 9.0 Pie is here! As the newest version of a select group of smartphones, the latest Android is packed with amazing features. Similar to other Android versions, this delicious ‘Pie’ is stirring a lot of buzz. Every gadget-lover wants to know what Google will be offering now.

This post from RTC Electronics will answer several questions about the new Android 9.0 version. Take a look at the five important features!

1) New Gesture Navigation

Unlike the three navigation buttons, home, back and overview at the bottom of the screen, the new version offers gesture navigation system. The traditional buttons are replaced with a pill-shaped icon that moves. Instead of three separate buttons, you can use this single control for the functions you need. Tap it to go home, pull it up to open the app drawer, flick it up to view recently used apps and hold it down to active your Google Assistant. The back button appears whenever you open an app, however, the overview button disappears.

2) Digital Wellbeing

Digital Wellbeing is a collection of Google’s anti-smartphone addiction tools that enables your phone to work for you and not the other way around. It’s one of the major highlights of this latest version, as it helps limit the amount of time you spend on your smartphone. But, it’s in beta testing for a few users. For example, with the dashboard feature, you can see how much time you’re spending on your phone and in the apps. With the App Timer, you can set limits for specific apps and with the Do Not Disturb (DND) function, you can silence both audio and visual alerts.

3) Adaptive Battery and Brightness

Another feature of Android Pie that can make your smartphone more personalized is adaptive battery and brightness. This system learns your usage patterns, predicts which apps you will use in the next few hours, and directs the power to only those apps. Similarly, the artificial intelligence in your OS will automatically adjust the screen brightness by learning from your manual adjustments in different lighting environments. This is a customized touch that will help increase the battery life of your device.

5 Important Features of the Latest Android 9.0

4) Slices

Slices, as the name suggests, displays information about the app directly when you search it on Google. For example, if you type Uber in the Google search app, a small ‘slice’ of the Uber app will appear below the search suggestions. A preview of the time and price for the trip to your destination will also appear. This is a great improvement for Android, as it allows you to find results from the internet and from your device at the same time. You can now search for ‘data’ and expect relevant web results, while having quick access to your device’s mobile data settings. It is truly an interesting ‘slice’ of Pie.

5) Privacy

With each version of Android, Google is improving its security features to make your smartphone more secure and to prevent the risk of data breach. In Android 9, Google has revamped the way the OS handles background apps that have permission to access your device’s location, camera, microphone and network status. Now, these apps won’t be able to access this information when idling in the background, making it harder for other devices to steal your information or spy on you without your knowledge.

The latest version of Android is packed with several ‘tasty’ upgrades. Apart from the above-mentioned features, there are improvements that focus on enhancing the overall performance of your phone. Try the Android 9.0 today and let us know which part of the ‘Pie’ you liked the most. To learn more about the latest gadgets or find the best certified electronic accessories, contact RTC Electronics.

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