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Written by: Jason Gazaway

Why CablesAndKits?At CablesAndKits, our tagline “Experts in Awesome” might sound a little self-serving, but it really is meant to be the exact opposite.  While we definitely do believe we are the best at what we do (can you blame us?), we do it so that you, the customer, can have an “awesome” experience with us.  Whether you’re dealing with pricing, products, warranties or customer service, we want you to walk away feeling completely and utterly awesome about how things turned out.

We operate our business on some very concrete principles and core values. These values differentiate us from some of the other guys but, more importantly, they ensure that we give you what you need when you need it.  After all, becoming the world’s largest dealer of Cisco accessories did not happen overnight or for no good reason.

Principles in Action

When deciding how we wanted to operate our business, we started by thinking about the people we serve—you. We knew we wanted everything we did to actually help you.

Maybe we could help you get your network back up quickly. Maybe we could help prevent a network problem. Maybe we could save you money. Maybe all of the above. Maybe more.

When all is said and done, there are three key principles—quality, service and availability— that let us do just that.

Quality Quality

From Ethernet cables to server racks to switches, your network requires failproof performance. The disruption that a faulty power supply can cause to your business is simply not acceptable. The quality of your networking equipment and accessories, therefore, matters greatly.

At CablesAndKits, you can count on:

Industry Leading Technology
All products are not created equal. For this reason, we work to secure the highest quality cabling, accessories, and equipment to have available for our customers. And Cisco’s reputation for quality is unparalleled and that makes them one of the ideal manufacturers for us—and for you.

“Personal” Company Pride
Let’s just say our parents raised us right. We actually take pride in a job well done. Our company’s performance is a reflection of our

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Written by: Jason Gazaway

Here at CablesAndKits, not only do we sell great products and offer the best customer service you might ever experience online (shameless plug), part of our business revolves around reconditioning used network equipment and giving it a new lease on life. Just because something might not be “new” to you anymore or maybe it doesn’t meet your needs any longer, there is still life and functionality in the equipment. It is our job to save and “revitalize” that equipment then to turn around and make it available to someone else that can use it or needs it.

An example of this is the process and care we take with our used Cisco VOIP phones. We put our phones through an extensive process to refurbish and breathe new life into them. Our phones go through a thorough 4 step process (there are many “to-do’s” in each step) to be rejuvenated:

Step 1: Rescue

  • Our phones come to us from many different walks of life – some have been abandoned and left for dead, while some have lived the lavish lifestyle in a corporate business. Either way, our goal is to rescue, receive and refurbish these phones for them to have a new life and a new home.

Cisco Phone Rescue

Step 2: Inspection

  • All phones are physically inspected – Our staff is very thorough and picky with their examination of the phones.
  • Any phones with scratches or wear outside of the normal use are rejected from our main product line – As stated before we are very picky and we only want the best for you! Those rejected still get the needed attention, but they are placed gently and quietly in our clearance section.
  • All handsets are disposed of appropriately – We wouldn’t want to use them, and
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Written by: Jason Gazaway

As you may have heard, there is a new widespread security vulnerability out on the interwebs called “Heartbleed”.

Let me start out by saying that was not / is not vulnerable. We were aware of the Heartbleed vulnerability and took steps to confirm our status within 24 hours of when the vulnerability was made known to the public.  Our on-going promise is to take every precaution possible to keep our site and your information safe not only from Heartbleed, but any other attack.

Now that we have that out of the way, you are probably wondering, “What in the world is Heartbleed?”


Well, we can help with that. Since this is an ever-evolving situation, we will stick to the facts and the best ways to protect yourself and your personal data.

First off, what exactly is Heartbleed? (Ok, this is going to get VERY technical, but only for a moment…)


Heartbleed is a security vulnerability in OpenSSL software that lets a hacker access the memory of data servers. That means a user’s sensitive personal data — including usernames, passwords, and credit card information — is potentially at risk of being intercepted. The vulnerability also means an attacker could steal a server’s digital keys that are used to encrypt communications and get access to a company’s secret internal documents.

Now, most importantly, what do you need to do about it?

  • If you think you might have visited a site that is infected or is vulnerable to Heartbleed, you need to change your password, please wait until you get confirmation from the specific website/online store that the vulnerability has been patched. You can check a site with a tool called LastPass. We would recommend even if you use the tool to check with the company itself to confirm that they are safe and not vulnerable to Heartbleed.
  • You should be cautious about visiting websites that you do not trust.  Generally the risk is
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Written by: Jason Gazaway

CK Q2 Meeting - Main

We had a “super” fun-filled Q2 staff meeting this week! As you can see the theme of the meeting revolved around super heroes. It was an awesome time recapping the Q1 results and initiatives, then diving deep into some of the awesome things we have planned for the business and our customers for Q2.

For an added bonus here are some more snapshots of what went on at the meeting…

CK Q2 Meeting - 2


And even more Q2 meeting activities…

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Written by: Jason Gazaway

Have you ever wondered what the personality of your network is? If not, should you?  It is something to ponder. I mean think about it…

Is your network calm?

Is your network crazy?

Is your network energetic?

Is your network romantic?

Or maybe your network has a split personality…

Seriously, the personality traits of your network could go on and on. It would probably be in your best interest to nail down what its personality and mindset is so you can better support it, or change it!

Well, this is where we are here to help! We have broken down what all the colors mean as it pertains to your network. So let’s take a deep psychological look at what the color of your Ethernet cabling means for your network (or at least humor us in our feeble attempt at some lightheartedness). Don’t forget to let us know what personality your network has.

Ethernet Color Meaning

(click images below to enlarge)

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Written by: Jason Gazaway

It was a warm, spring day. Not unlike any other spring day in Atlanta, GA. The sun was shining, the breeze felt warm, and of course there was pollen everywhere. Just your regular day in Georgia.

Then something happened…the weather turned from bright and sunny to overcast and chilly. Now, truth be told, this too is not unlike any regular Georgian day. As they say, “If you ever get tired of the weather in Georgia, just wait a minute.” But this wasn’t your typical turn-on-a-dime change in weather. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but something was amiss.

Then I heard it. A loud sound. It wasn’t a boom. It wasn’t a bam. It was more like an elongated “fizzle and a sizzle”. The closest thing I can think of is the sound Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory makes right when he pulls the switch and all those electrodes start flicking.

Comic Pod

I ran into the warehouse and saw the same thing the rest of the gang saw. There in the middle of aisle 23, between the rack of our Cisco 2950 routers and the HP L306 power cables was a pod. A tall, shiny pod. A tall shiny GLOWING pod. With one red button. (Now I’ve seen my fair share of funny things in our warehouse, but never anything like this!)

As we all stood around it, we waited to see who would be the first to approach it.

We stood for a long time.

A really long time.

I think we all kinda felt like we were in an episode of Star Trek, and nobody wanted to be the red shirt guy. (you know what we mean…) Finally our fearless leader Craig, being the role model he is (or maybe it was because it was delaying shipping orders for so long),  walked up to the box.

Comic Craig

“There’s writing on it.” He called back to us. Just beneath

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Written by: Jason Gazaway

CablesAndKits is excited to announce that they are now part of the Google Trusted Stores Program!

The positive shopping experience at CablesAndKits is being recognized via inclusion in the Google Trusted Stores Program. With the Google Trusted Store badge, this pre-owned Cisco equipment seller will be able to show potential customers their proven track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service.

Google Trusted Stores is a badge for an e-commerce site which gives users background on merchants — whatever their size — including ratings for on-time shipping and customer service.

CK Google Trusted Store Badge

As a Google Trusted Store, CablesAndKits customers now have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then, if a problem arises with

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Written by: Jason Gazaway

With broken hearts, we are all aware of the devastation that has taken place in Oklahoma. The pictures and videos that we have all seen on the news will stay with us for a long time. Many of us have cried over the children and others whose lives were lost, and we have rejoiced over the stories of true miracles that have taken place.

At CablesAndKits, one of our core values is to ‘Serve Others”. We feel this is a prime opportunity to serve the people and communities affected by this tragic event, and at the same time share the love of Christ with them.  The families that are affected by this disaster have immediate physical needs and we want to help. We also need to keep them in mind and in prayer as they continue to recover and work through all of the emotions during this time.

CablesAndKits is joining with Journey Church, a local church in the area affected, to help serve the communities that have been destroyed by the tornadoes. In speaking with the church, their immediate needs are both money and supplies. CK and staff are going to help and we want to get the word out to all of you so you know the ways in which you can help also.

Two of our awesome team members, Denisia and Jordan, are spearheading this initiative and have been working very hard to get everything set up here at the office.  We are making our office available as a collection site for others in the community and surrounding areas that want to contribute supplies.  We are planning several

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Written by: Jason Gazaway

CK Sticker Madness

Have you caught the madness yet??? It is starting to go around! This week we rolled out our awesome new CK stickers and it has been quite fun seeing where these things are popping up, not only in the office but with our customers as well! Our staff has gotten very creative in showcasing the stickers, but so have some of you.  We have gotten a few pics of the stickers showing up on cars, phones, and even their children’s toys…haha! If you got a sticker already, please send us a pic of it “in action”, we would love to see how you are showing your CK spirit!


CK Lifework Team

This was a very exciting week for our leadership team here at CK!  Each of them graduated from the 2013 Lifework Leadership Program!  Lifework’s vision revolves around raising up a generation of business leaders who

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Written by: Jason Gazaway

At CablesAndKits we are proud to do any small part we can to show our commitment to the planet. Our team of experts has found some creative ways for us to “go green” around the office and with our business. By taking just a few extra steps with our Cisco products and other networking equipment, we can help minimize our carbon footprint and sleep a little better at night.

BuyBack Center

The CablesAndKits BuyBack Center allows you to sell back your old Cisco products and accessories while earning money towards new stuff. We know how quickly unused routers can turn into a makeshift art project. So, before you end up on the next episode of Hoarders, sell us your stockpiled gear and get cash or store credit.

The more you recycle, the more you save. Learn how you can benefit from our BuyBack Center today.

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