In This Issue: Cisco 3560X/3750X Four-Port Gigabit Ethernet Network Module | What is a Cat8 Ethernet Cable and How is it Different?| News to Start Your Day
Happy Tuesday and Happy National French Fry Day! Today recognizes a staple food on menus across the country. It comes in so many different cuts and styles, there’s a favorite for everyone to enjoy! Do you have a favorite cut of fry you enjoy or a favorite place to get fries from?
The CK Daily – Keeping Busy with New Products
Happy Tuesday! This week feels like it’s flying by already!
I’m sure I have mentioned this before, but a big part of my role here at CK is introducing new products to our catalog. We have had an amazing year so far from a new product introduction perspective. Being able to apply a very intentional focus on bringing products to our customers that are relevant and in-demand has been so much fun. I love getting to take an idea and bring it to fruition with our monthly new product launches.
What’s even more fun is that it seems like the launches are only getting bigger and more exciting as time goes on! These new product launches are absolutely a team effort and I’m so glad that I work with awesome people who make it happen! That said, things have been super busy around here which has made time feel like it’s moving at warp speed! I’m not complaining though… I enjoy the challenge and would much rather be busy than bored! I hope you are all keeping busy and I hope you have a great week!
Product Spotlights & Updates
We hope you’re having a great Tuesday so far! Today we are spotlighting the Cisco 3560X/3750X Four-Port Gigabit Ethernet Network Module, C3KX-NM-1G. This network module adds four 1 gigabit SFP ports to 3750X and 3560X switches and is hot-swappable. This is an excellent and cost-effective solution when you need to add fiber to your network. Rather than buying another switch with SFP ports, you can add this module to your existing switch for SFP connectivity.
This week only, the C3KX-NM-1G is on sale for 20% off!
What is a Cat8 Ethernet Cable and How is it Different? – CK Learning Center
What is a Cat8 Ethernet Cable?
We were told that Ethernet was going to be a thing of the past. Google tried to make fiber optics the new standard for home internet connections, and it was an obvious choice for scaling industrial applications. Somehow, Ethernet has hung in there, and new iterations arise every few years that continue to push the envelope of traditional copper wires. Today, we’re going to cover the latest iteration: Cat8. We’re going to start with the basics, but in a few short minutes, you’ll have a clear picture of what Cat8 is, how it works and why you need to be thinking about it.
Differences Between Ethernet Categories
You’ve seen the “cat” or category designations, Cat5e and Cat6 and Cat6a, plenty. If you work in more powerful internet settings you might even be familiar with Cat7. The general rule is that a higher number is a newer technology and can support higher data rates, but that’s just one of the main differences:
– Standard bandwidth (measured in MHz)
– Maximum data rate (measured in megabits per second)
Basic Specs for Cat8 Ethernet
Then again, that’s the obvious stuff. To be more specific, Cat5 operates at 100 MHz and can transfer data at speeds up to 1000 Mbps. Cat6 works at 250 MHz and can get up to 1 Gbps. Cat7 ups the ante substantially with 600 MHz and 10 Gbps rates. This is a simplification. There are variations on each cable and some arrangements can boost or inhibit performance, but these are the numbers for which each category is tested and vetted.
The reason Cat8 is turning heads is because it is jumping several iterations in performance. It uses 2 GHz signals to move data from 25 Gbps (Cat8.1) to 40 Gbps (Cat8.2). It’s a serious upgrade, and the implications are turning heads across IT fields.
Want to read more about the speed comparison, why Cat8 Ethernet cost more and learn more about the standard bandwidth? You can find this article on the CK Learning Center here!
Today’s News to Start Your Day:
- Space Jam: A New Legacy is set to premiere in U.S. theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously on Friday, July 16. LeBron James made it a family affair when he attended the world premiere of the live-action/animated sports comedy at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The film, with James playing a fictionalized version of himself, is the long-awaited follow-up to 1996’s Space Jam starring basketball all-time great Michael Jordan.
- You might expect the sign outside a Burger King to offer you a summary of the day’s deals or the number of sales made. The sign outside a Lincoln, Neb. Burger King was a little different. “WE ALL QUIT,” it read. “SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.” You can read more here.
- Sam’s Club announced it is testing a new app-based feature, Scan & Ship, that allows people to use a smartphone to buy items in the club and send purchases directly to the home.
- Mastercard and Verizon announced a new partnership focused on 5G contactless payments for consumers as well as small- and medium-sized businesses.
- Disney is raising the monthly price of ESPN+ by a dollar to $6.99 per month. Annual ESPN+ subscribers will pay $69.99 per year instead of $59.99 per year.