Jun
28
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Baby Caroline Collage

Two weeks ago today was a VERY special day for us in the CK family!  Our Founders, Craig and Christin, celebrated the birth of their little baby girl, Caroline!  This week we are able to publicly celebrate with them!  Little Caroline came into the world 7 weeks early (born at 33 weeks, 2 days), weighing in at 2lbs, 15oz and 14 3/4 in.  Baby, mom and dad are doing wonderful and adjusting to their new life adventure very well!  We join with Craig and Christin in praising God for this miracle and look forward to watching her grow up around the craziness of the CK office! (We know, the pictures are so cute, right?)

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Leslie Collage

This week we said goodbye to Leslie, one of our expert Broker reps.  A few of us around the office honored her with a “Runaway .5k Race” (Yes, a .5k!) and a homemade, potluck barbecue lunch.  Leslie is an avid runner so we thought it would be a fitting way to say goodbye to her and wish her luck on her new adventure.  It was a day filled with

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Jun
20
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

This is part 1 of a series devoted to the most asked questions about Ethernet cabling and accessories. If you have a question that you would like answered or addressed, please leave a comment below or feel free to contact one of our Awesome CK team members either by Live Chat or Email. Now on to the FAQ’s!

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What are the differences between Cat5E, Cat6 and Cat6A Cables?

While a Cat5E Ethernet Cable is currently sufficient for most needs, it is predicted that Cat6 and Cat6A will take over in the future. Cat6 cables simply offer better performance.

Cat5E gives an available bandwidth of up to 350MHz, whereas Cat6 almost doubles that – with an available bandwidth of up to 550MHz. Cat6 is designed specifically for Gigabit Ethernet specifications. While most systems are not capable of running such speeds, many organizations are choosing to prepare for future needs by going with Cat6 cables.

Cat6 can run much faster speeds than Cat5E, and Cat6A only improves upon those abilities. Cat6 also benefits from improved insertion loss, return loss and several other improvements over the older Cat5E design.

Cat5E, Cat6 and Cat6A Ethernet Cables can all run about 300 feet reliably.

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What is the difference between stranded, solid cable, and plenum rated cables?

Cat 5E, 6 and 6a can all be purchased in stranded or

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Jun
19
2013
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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Jun
14
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Jeremy's BirthdayThis week we celebrated the birthday of our amazingly talented, and a little bit crazy, Design Coordinator, Jeremy.  He is a little bit of a supper hero/comics and Lego buff, so we decorated his work area appropriately with Avengers, Spiderman,  Batman decor, and about a gallon of confetti.  The best way to imagine what it actually looked and felt like would be to think of a 6 year old boy’s birthday party. (Which is appropriate for him!) Also, he was not looking forward to turning 32 so much that we skipped it for him and went straight to 33.

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CK Boxes

I thought this was a cool shot that one of the guys captured this week back in our warehouse area.  All of the nice, new CK logo’ed boxes all lined up to go to their new homes.  And we

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May
31
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Haynie Baby Shower

This week we celebrated the future heir to the CablesAndKits kingdom (or craziness whichever you prefer) by having a baby shower for our owners, Craig and Christin.  Baby Haynie will be arriving very soon, so we had to make sure she had plenty of goodies to start life off the right way.  It was an awesome party with some amazing  food, and they got some really cool gifts.  We are all looking forward to meeting the little lady when she arrives into this world!

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Shipment to OK

This week we sent off the first shipment of items and supplies to Journey Church in Oklahoma for the relief efforts.  Tony, one of our Shipping department extraordinaires,  jumped right in to help organize and pack the boxes for us.If you remember, last week, we talked about

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May
23
2013
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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May
17
2013
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!

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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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May
03
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Top 25 Award

We had the privilege of being a part of the 2013 Pinnacle Small Business Awards last Friday. CablesAndKits was selected as one of the Top 25 Small Businesses our of the 150 businesses that were nominated this year.  It was a phenomenal experience for our owners, Craig and Christin Haynie, as well as the CK team.  It was very humbling being at the ceremony with such amazing, successful businesses that have shown significant growth and innovation over the past year.  We heard some great stories while there!

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New Conference room and Sign

This week we wrapped up the redesign of our new conference room, which used to be our breakroom – we moved that to the warehouse and made it bigger! (View that blog post here.)  We are very happy with the way everything turned out.  The final touch was the

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Apr
29
2013
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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Apr
19
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Monkey Name Release

Well, we started this week off with a bang! It was a very busy week. We had part 2 of our quarterly meeting to go over the financials for the previous quarter, but we had something else fun in store as well!  You have probably seen our little robot monkey hanging around in our emails, website, and print materials. The little fella has become a true part of the CK family and has fit right in quickly, but there has been one thing missing… a name! This week, the staff got to find out the name of the CK monkey (which they all voted on)  and hear his background story.  The guy is definitely a man…errr…monkey of mystery!  In celebration of the monkey finally getting his name  our President, Dave, led us in a toast of bananas and showed us how monkeys actually open and eat bananas - its not like you would think it would be!  We are very excited about his new name and we will be sharing it with the public very soon! Stay tuned!

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New CablesAndKits Nav

Something else we were very excited about releasing this week was our new navigation for the website. Our goal was to make it easier for you, the customer, to get to what you needed quicker.  We went through and re-categorized some of our product lines – like Fiber Cables, Ethernet, and  Cisco Equipment – to make a little more sense and

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