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Electrical Wire Color Code

What is the red wire in electrical work vs. the blue wire? The electrical wire color code allows electricians, contractors, and other workers to easily identify the correct wire at a glance. Not only does this make your work quicker, but more accurate as well. However, there are different standards for different countries, voltages, installation… Read more »

What is Marine Cable?

Marine cable is a specific kind of electrical cable that’s used in nautical applications, like boating. While some people balk at the idea — and potential added cost — of using marine wire vs. “regular” wire, it is certainly a recommended practice. Why is that? Marine wire has a number of unique benefits, and we… Read more »

What is Military Grade Fiber Optic Cable?

Let there be light! Did you know that fiber optic cables use light to transmit information and data at much faster speeds than copper cables, CAT5 cables, and CAT6 cables? It’s true! Combining the faster speeds of civilian fiber optic cables with military-grade sturdiness, military grade-fiber optic cables provide tempting benefits for military applications. A… Read more »

What is a Multimeter Used For?

A multimeter is a tool used for measuring electrical voltage, resistance, current and other things. You may have an analog or digital option, and they are used for a variety of reasons and for a number of purposes. Electricians prefer a multimeter, and will find uses for them in detecting issues with: appliances, motors, circuits,… Read more »

How Can I Prevent Fungi Forming On Electrical Wires?

There’s a fungus amungus. You’ve likely heard that quippy line before. But, did you know that there are plenty of fungi species that can grow in the air? In humid environments where electrical wires are present, this can cause trouble. So, how can you prevent fungi from forming on your electrical wires? Gateway Cable Company… Read more »

What Does NATO Stand for & Why Does it Matter?

Formed in 1949, NATO is a security alliance of 30 countries from North America and Europe. However, many people are wondering, “what does NATO stand for, and what does NATO do?” The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is comprised of a political and military component that allows member countries and partner counters to work together to… Read more »

What Causes a Fuse to Blow?

A fuse box is an electrical device that stops circuits from being overloaded. So, what causes a fuse to blow? A number of different factors can short circuit your fuses, so it’s important to touch base with a certified electrician to help you find the root cause. Find out all about fuses with Gateway Cable… Read more »

What is the Difference between a Volt and Watt?

At Gateway Cable Company, we often have customers ask us, “What is the difference between a volt and watt?” Well, we’re here to answer that question! Our guide below will help you understand the difference between a volt and watt, the history behind the unit of power, and answer questions like, “What are watts compared… Read more »

How Do You Calculate Water Resistance?

Here at the Gateway Cable Company we’re proud to sell a wide variety of products for use in the military, agriculture, and the automotive industry. We may not have a water resistance calculator, but we understand that some may be asking, “how do you calculate water resistance?” We’ve written the guide below to show you… Read more »

Is There a Difference Between Freshwater and Salt Water Resistance?

It’s easy to overlook the different types of water, but when it comes to cable resistance levels and working within water brings up the question, “Is there a difference between freshwater and salt water resistance?” Read on with Gateway Cable Company to dive deeper into how fresh water resistance and salt water resistance affect electrical… Read more »

Advantages of Coaxial vs.Twisted Pair Cables

Looking for connector, cable assembly, receptacle, or plug in or around Lisle, IL? Gateway Cable is your source for industrial electrical cables, automotive battery and starter cables, military hardware, connectors & adapters, and much more. If you find yourself here, you may already know all that. If you’re looking to compare the advantages of coaxial… Read more »

How Do Electrical Fires Start?

Electrical fires cause nearly one billion dollars in property damage every year, creating deadly circumstances in both homes and businesses. But how do electrical fires start, and how do you put out an electrical fire? Safety is of utmost importance when it comes to working with wires, cables, and other technological components, so prepare your… Read more »

What to Do with Old Cables?

Living in the technology age means almost everyone has at least one old electric cable lying around, but how do you get rid of old cables? Can electrical cables be recycled? In fact, there are several things you can do with old cables, including recycling them, that are much better than simply throwing them away…. Read more »

What is a Frayed Wire?

A frayed wire is a wire whose ends have been severed or exposed through its insulation. Frayed wires are at risk of lower performance and can even be dangerous if left in disrepair. What should you do with a frayed wire, and can it be fixed? Our experts walk through our top frayed wire fixes… Read more »

The Difference Between Polycarbonate and Acrylic

If you find yourself needing clear plastic components for a project, you may find yourself asking, “what is the difference between polycarbonate and acrylic?” Both are synthetic glass materials that offer strength and versatility, but depending on what you need, one may be better than the other. Let’s compare polycarbonate screens and the benefits of… Read more »