Having a few media converters in your toolbox can increase your flexibility while decreasing stress on the job. In this article, we will be covering the basis of media converters and their most popular uses.
Now, what is a media converter? It essentially acts as the glue for networks. It helps connect networks made up of different signal types, network protocols, data rates, connectors, or cabling types through on transceiver. A media converter is versatile because it converts light waves into electrical waves and electrical waves into light waves. Some types include copper to fiber, coax to fiber, fiber to fiber, and single mode to multi-mode.
There are a few factors that make media converters the superior and smarter choice to use. Older equipment, or legacy equipment, is the cheaper and easier solution to a new computer. The same thought goes into older buildings or complexes, or legacy buildings, where the rewiring of a whole structure is just not feasible or practical. These situations are ideal to utilize a media converter to drive costs down and productivity up. Cutting down on cost has made the media converter steadily more popular over the years.
 With the ever-changing technology of our world, the need for media converters increases. Fibers that are located outside, WANs and LANS, remote management with monitoring capabilities, and enhanced bandwidth that allows signals to go in 2 directions are a few reasons why these devices are selling in mass quantities recently.
There are several types of converters that can meet any need. There are a few questions you need to ask yourself before purchasing. Firstly, ask yourself what kind of network it will need to support? What cable or connector type do you use? What type of cables are you connecting? Finally, you need to ask yourself what kind of tasks you will need the media converter for, managed or unmanaged capabilities?
Here are some recommendations for media converters depending on how you answered the questions above. Ethernet converters connect different types of network media to allow them to connect, no matter their individual data rates. Some models can rate switch anywhere from 10/100 to 10/100/1000. A fiber media converter can switch between multi and single mode. The two types, optical and coaxial, transmit signals in either a form of light or a form of electricity, respectively.
The main goal of media converters is to decrease the amount of money spent to keep ethernet strong and increase the speed of all devices to run an overall smoother business in any setting.
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Building your own personal computer is a unique challenge, but a rewarding one as well. Building your own PC allows you to have greater control over your design and components of computer, allowing you to customize for a variety of purposes, including high-end PC gaming, video editing, documentation and work purposes, or simply saving money on a budget work machine. Building your own PC can also be cheaper than buying a prebuilt model from a manufacturer, if done correctly by a savvy shopper. Beyond the monetary question, however, is the simple satisfaction of creating something with your own hands that you can use and enjoy in everyday life.
But to build a computer, you need the right parts. Every PC will have these six components at minimum to function properly.
The Case: the plastic or metal shell that holds and protects all internal components inside it. Cases come varying sizes and can have different kinds of pins and connectors within them.

The motherboard: the “spine” of your PC’s build, the motherboard is what every other component will attach to or plug into in some way or another. It is important to make sure that your motherboard’s pins and sockets match with the rest of your components!

The power supply: A heavy box that regulates electricity as it flows from the outlet into your computer and provides power to the individual components of the PC. The power supply connects directly to the motherboard, and other components through the motherboard.

Processor (or CPU): The central processing unit effectively acts as the “brain” of the PC and is the greatest determining factor for the speed of your computer. You will want to make sure that the CPU and motherboard are compatible in terms of both manufacturer (AMD or Intel) and the CPU socket.

Memory (or RAM): RAM stands for random access memory and is a critical component of your computer’s operation. RAM allows data to be saved and accessed far more quickly than it can be from storage, but the data is lost if the power supply is lost. Therefore, RAM is most frequently used in short-term calculations, such as in gaming. It is important to ensure that the RAM cards you purchase are compatible with your motherboard’s sockets.

Storage: Storage comes in both hard drive and solid-state drives, and stores the PC’s operating system and gigabytes of digital files (such as pictures, video, text documents, etc.) you save. SSDs are faster than HDDs, but HDDs hold more data, and are cheaper. Many PCs these days will have an SSD that holds critical files such as the operating system, and an HDD for things like pictures and documents.

These six are the bare essentials, of course. You will also need a keyboard, monitor, and mouse if you don’t already have them, and other components depending on what you plan to use your PC for. High-end gaming will require an independent graphics card, as well as possibly investing in a cooling system to ensure your computer doesn’t overheat. If you save tons of pictures or videos, an extra hard drive for the storage may be necessary, as well as a DVD or Blu-ray drive for reading discs in those formats.
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In an ideal world, your PC would last forever—unfortunately, no computer does. Eventually, every computer slows down, even if you’re using it for the exact same functions you were five years ago. Whether it be replacing a computer hard drive, or installing a new graphics card, repairs and replacements are part of owning a computer. In order to get the most out of your investment, you’re probably looking to stretch the lifespan of your computer out for as long as you can. So, which parts should you repair—and which parts should you replace?
Your computer consists of various components and pieces of technology, each designed with their own specific purpose. Before you decide on which part to replace, you must first diagnose the issue. Be sure that the problem isn’t a software issue; run a virus or malware test to see if your computer is corrupted. If a damaging virus does exist, then replacing your computer software may be your best option. Other components that you’re better off replacing include motherboards, data drives, RAM, power supply units, and cooling fans. 
There are several reasons why replacing your computer motherboard is beneficial. First off, motherboards tend to have a short life cycle (about 3-4 years). Although there aren’t any moving parts, motherboards tend to be fragile in design. The smallest malfunction can turn catastrophic in the blink of an eye. The capacitors on a motherboard will naturally deteriorate over time due in part to heat, static, and moisture.
Data drives come in two variations: hard disk drives and solid-state drives. The computer’s operating system resides within these drives and acts as the brain of the PC. Hard disk drives are mechanical and will diminish as time goes on. They are susceptible to scratches;  it may stop reading data, or a power surge may render the parts inoperable. Solid state drives are similar to flash memory chips. Although they have no moving parts, extreme temperatures can damage them and they’re able to be hacked. Replace this part immediately if it starts to act faulty.
The random-access memory, or RAM, makes it possible for the computer to find specific information quickly. It is used as the main memory component in computer systems and is crucial to overall functioning capabilities. This is one of the first parts you should replace if you want to speed up your PC’s performance. Extreme temperatures and power surges are the main reasons that RAMs need maintenance. To ensure longevity, buy a high-quality module from a reputable manufacturer and regularly inspect the hardware.
A power supply unit (PSU) is what produces and transports power to different components in your computer. An average PSU should last anywhere between five and ten years. An effective way to prolong the lifespan is to minimize high-stress activities. If your PSU is malfunctioning, replace it as soon as possible.
If your computer starts operating loudly, there’s a good chance that your cooling fan needs attention. The mechanical nature of this part contributes to its malfunctions as they have moving parts that are prone to general wear and tear overtime. The deterioration process is accelerated by particles and dust that accrue on the blades, and within the rotating element. Clean out any excess dust regularly to keep it from layering; be sure to replace the fan when necessary.
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A network switch is a computer networking device that keeps users connected to each other and to the internet. It’s not just the computer itself that benefit from this device: printers, gaming consoles, DVD drives, etc. benefit from this as well. It allows you to perform various functions on multiple devices. Choosing the network switch that is right for you depends upon factors such as the number of devices and the number of people that are going to be using the network. Some of the different types of network switches are local area network (LAN) switch or active hub, unmanaged network switches, managed switches, and routers.
The LAN switch or active hub is also known as the local area network or Ethernet switch. It connects points on a company’s internal LAN and allocates the bandwidth economically so overlapping data is blocked. The LAN switch delivers data to its intended recipient and reduces traffic.
Unmanaged network switches are the easiest to install and are used mostly in home or small business settings. They also allow different devices to connect with each other. Managed switches can be customized and can enhance a networks functionality. There are two types of managed switches: smart and enterprise. Smart switches have limited features but create a web interface and accept configurations of basic settings. Enterprise switches have a wide range of management features and are often found in large companies that have a lot of connections, nodes, switches, and ports. Because they are more customizable, they are more expensive. Routers send data along networks and are usually connected to LANs or wide area networks (WANs). They are able to connect more than two networks.
 At ASAP IT Technology, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we can help you find all the network switches you need, new or obsolete. As a premier supplier of IT hardware parts, we’re always available and ready to help you find all the computer hardware parts and equipment you need, 24/7x365. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at sales@asap-ittechnology.com or call us at +1-714-705-4780.

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In the age of the internet, people are used to being able to surf the web instantaneously. But as some of you may know, that cannot always be the case. As the speed of the central processing unit (CPU) starts to increase, the gap between the CPU speed and main memory begins to widen and performance comes to a slow. In order to combat this issue, cache memory, also known as CPU memory or CPU cache, was created. Cache memory stores frequently used data and allows the CPU to access that data from the main memory quicker. It is the fastest memory, but cache memory has a lower capacity than other types of memory.
Most modern server Central Processing Units have three independent caches. The instruction cache that speeds up executable instruction fetch; a data cache that speeds up data fetch and store; and a translation lookaside buffer (TLB) that is used to speed up virtual-to-physical address translation for executable instructions and data. The TLB is not directly related to the CPU caches, it is part of the memory management unit (MMU).    
Computer cache memory is divided into three levels.  Level 1 (L1) cache, or primary cache, is the smallest and is the first one to be searched by the CPU. If the instructions are not found in L1, Level 2 (L2) is searched. L2 cache, or secondary cache, has more space than L1 cache. Level 3 (L3) cache, or main memory, is larger and slower than L1 and L2 but is still double the speed of RAM.
If the cache has the information that the CPU needs already loaded onto it, it is called a cache hit. If there is a failure in reading or writing the data in the cache, it is called a cache miss; the CPU will then access the main memory, and this takes longer. There are three types of cache misses: instruction read misses, data read misses, and data write misses.
In addition to cache memory, there are other ways to increase the memory of a computer or system. For example, increasing RAM and/or ROM, utilizing OTP memory, or even adding external memory to the system will help.

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With technology become more prevalent and essential to all facets of life, flash drives are becoming more and more important. Also known flash RAM, flash memory, the principle behind flash drives, are a non-volatile storage memory that make it easy to quickly sore and transfer data. These drives make it so that you can do your work anywhere— just plug into your USB into a computer, transferring the data you need a flash. These memory devices range from hundreds of bits to thousands of bits. They’re a very versatile piece of technology.

There are two types of flash memory. The first type of flash memory is NAND Flash Memory. This is useful in modern technology because it allows for less chip area, but more data density, making it especially useful in today’s high-density data environment. The second type of flash memory is NOR flash memory, also called circuit flash memory because the memory cells are connected in a parallel array. NOR and RAM memory access are similar, NOR does not need to run through the RAM circuits to be copied. Unfortunately, NOR flash memory is only suited for smaller code instructions.

No matter how far we’ve come, technology still have its flaws. For example, despite writing the code bit by bit, flash memory is unable to delete small chunks of code, only larger blocks. Another flaw is bit flipping— this usually occurs in NAND memory where the data can be flipped, making data transfers useless. Bad blocks are another flaw. This happens when the drive doesn’t scan for “bad blocks” that make the memory vulnerable to corruption and data loss.

ASAP IT Technology, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, should always be your first and only stop for all your flash memory and computer hardware parts.  ASAP IT Technology is a premier supplier of IT technology, new or obsolete. ASAP IT Technology has a wide selection of parts to choose from and is fully equipped with a friendly and knowledgeable staff that is always available and ready to help you find all the parts you need, 24/7x365. If you’re interested in a quote, email us at sales@asap-ittechnology.com or call us at +1-714-705-4780.

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Other than the price or what brand you like more, one of the biggest factors in choosing your next smartphone or computer should be the RAM, the Random-Access Memory. This is the device’s main memory. There are two types of RAM, DRAM and SRAM. Normally, the RAM value you see for your device’s specs are the DRAM.

DRAM or Dynamic Random-Access Memory is a type of memory that is used to store data or program code that a computer processor needs to function. Each bit of data is stored in a storage cell made of a capacitor and transistor and organized into a rectangular configuration. In general, RAM allows the PC processor to access any part of the memory directly, rather than having to go sequentially, enabling faster data access than hard disk drives or solid-state drives. DRAM is dynamic in that it needs to be refreshed or given a new electronic charge every few milliseconds to compensate for charge leaks from the capacitor.

DRAM is advantageous in that it’s simple, fast, and low-cost in comparison to many other types of memory. However, it has high power consumption and is volatile, meaning that it requires power to maintain the stored information and loses the data when the power is interrupted.

In comparison, there’s DRAM’s predecessor, SRAM or Static Random-Access Memory. Slightly more expensive to make, SRAM has the advantage over DRAM in that it does not need to be refreshed because SRAM works by switching the current flow in one of two directions instead of holding a charge in place within a storage cell. SRAM is typically used for cache memory with the CPU and is faster than DRAM. SRAM is faster because it’s capable of byte-level reads and writes as opposed to DRAM’s multiple-byte page-level.

Other forms of RAM include Fast Page Mode DRAM (FPM DRAM), Extended Data Out DRAM (EDO DRAM), Synchronous DRAM (SDRAM), Single Data Rate SDRAM (SDR DRAM), and Double Data Rate SDRAM (DDR SDRAM), to name a few.

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A Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) uses the same wires as a telephone line to generate high-speed internet connection. The wires used in telephone installation can handle a greater range of frequencies than those used for voice. DSL takes advantage of this without having to disturb the line’s ability to carry a conversation.

ADSL, or asymmetric DSL, works on the assumption that users browse more information than they send. ADSL is sensitive to distance, limited to 18,000 feet. The maximum downstream speed is 8 megabits/second and maximum upstream speed is 640 kilobits/second. ADSL can be disqualified when loading coils, which boost voice signals, are used. Bridge taps, fiber-optic cables, and distance can also compromise ADSL signals.

Two standards for ADSL are the discrete multitone system (DMT) and the carrier less amplitude/phases system (CAP). DMT divides data signals into 247 channels, each 4 KHz wide. The system switches between channels to find the optimum for transmission and reception. CAP divides signals into three bands. Voices are carried in the 0 to 4 KHz band, the upstream channel is carried between 25 to 160 KHz, and the downstream channel is carried between 240 KHz and 1.5 MHz. Low-pass filters are used to block signals above 4 KHz. These prevent data signals from interfering with phone calls.
The DSLAM, DSL access multiplexer, consolidates connections from many users onto a single connection to the internet. DSLAM supports multiple types of DSL in a central office and different varieties of protocol and modulation in the same type of DSL. ADSL connections trace back to the DSLAM which prevents performance decrease as users increase.

Other types of DSL include: very high-bit rate DSL (VDSL), symmetric DSL (SDSL), rate-adaptive DSL (RADSL), ISDN DSL (IDSL), and universal DSL (Uni-DSL). DSL alternatives include cable and wireless.

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ASAP IT Technology is the premier supplier of computer and cable modem parts, whether new, old or hard to find, they can help you locate it. ASAP IT Technology has a wide selection of parts to choose from and is fully equipped with a friendly staff, so you can always find what you’re looking for, at all hours of the day. If you’re interested in obtaining a quote, contact the sales department at www.asap-ittechnology.com or call +1-714-705-4780.

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Personal laptops offer an array of benefits.  Due to its compact size and portability-laptops are very popular among working professionals, business owners, and gamers.  Laptops have a wide range of customers from different fields and use.  Working professionals can now easily take their work with them wherever they go, especially working in remote areas. 

Having a laptop allows accessibility to important documents and emails on the go.  Not only that, laptops can complete difficult tasks and run software that once only ran on powerful desktop computers.  As laptops become the primary choice for a personal and working computer, the use of a universal docking station can expand its use and capabilities. 

Docking stations allows the user to access many USB adapter ports to run extra devices such as hard drives, flash drives, audio devices, keyboards, and much more.   In addition, having a docking station allows for optical media and monitors.  Having a docking station can transform a simple laptop into a full range work-station.  It is ideal for home and business offices. 

Laptops are stronger and more compact than ever before, however, there are certain limitations.  Most laptops have 1-3 USB ports and a smaller viewer screen.  Some may like the convenience of having multiple USB ports to be able to access hard drives and connect to a high-resolution screen while at home or in the office.  The universal docking station is a simple easy to use a device that can maximize the use of laptops better than ever before. 

ASAP IT Technology, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, should always be your first and only stop for docking stations, USB adapters, optical media, and computer hard drive parts. ASAP IT Technology is also the premier supplier for docking stations, USB adapters, optical media that is old or hard to find, they can help you locate it. ASAP IT Technology has a wide selection of parts to choose from and is fully equipped with a friendly staff, so you can always find what you’re looking for, at all hours of the day. If you’re interested in obtaining a quote, contact the sales department at www.asap-ittechnology.com or call +1-714-705-4780.

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By as early as the second half of 2018, Microsoft Corporation has plans to release a line of low-cost Surface tablets. The goal of this new line is to provide a cheaper device than Apple Inc.’s iPad. This is no new effort by Microsoft. In 2012, the software company launched its consumer-oriented hardware promotion, with the introduction of the original Surface RT. At the time, the starting price for the device was $499. After receiving sub-par reviews by both consumers and product reviewers, Microsoft moved on to the much pricier Surface Pro.

This line of tablets was well received and most likely contributed to the demand of Apple’s “Pro” iPad, which launched in 2015.

The new tablets will be equipped with 10-inch screens, which is smaller than the standard 12-inch screen of the Surface Pro laptop line, but about equal to the standard iPad. The new Surface tablet will have a price point of around $400 and will feature round edges like the iPad. USB-C connectivity will be used, which is a first for the Surface line tablets, along with a new charging and syncing standard that is used by latest smartphones.

The tablets are anticipated to be almost twenty percent lighter than the higher end models but will have around four hours left of battery life. The current Surface Pro model has around thirteen and a half hours of battery for one single charge. It has been speculated that Intel Corporation will provide the main processor and graphic cards for the new tablets, although representatives at both companies have declined to comment or confirm.
Apple has sold almost 44 million iPads which has generated almost $20 billion in revenue just these past 4 quarters. The entire Surface hardware business for Microsoft has generated $4.4 billion in the same period. Market research shows that Microsoft has sold almost 725,000 tablets in the first quarter of 2018, which is an increase of 1.8 percent in comparison to early last year. Apple has sold 9.1 million iPads in the same period. Microsoft has plans to release multiple Surface models, include a 64 and 128 gigabyte version that connects to LTE networks and running Windows 10 Pro.
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