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How to Wire a Relay

In this wire a relay guide, we’ll offer a broad overview of how to wire a relay after talking a little more about what a relay is and the applications where one can be useful. If you’re replacing a relay in a vehicle, machine, or appliance, we can help you get the products required to… Read more »

What Causes a Starter to Go Bad?

Are you trying to start up a vehicle or piece of equipment, but turning the key in the ignition only leads to failure? This can sometimes be a tricky issue to diagnose because failure to start could be caused by several things, including a faulty starter, a dead battery, or alternator troubles. In this blog,… Read more »

What Are the Symptoms of a Bad Fuse?

Whether operating a passenger vehicle, agricultural machinery, or other equipment, you may not think twice about turning the key in the ignition to start the engine. But the truth is that there’s a lot happening when you make this simple gesture. One component that plays a crucial role in successfully starting the engine is the… Read more »

How Does a Starter Work?

Without a functioning starter, the engine in a vehicle cannot turn over. Gateway Cable Company offers a high-quality product line including starter cables for a variety of applications. It’s simple enough to understand when a starter requires maintenance, but have you ever stopped and wondered “How does a starter work?” You wouldn’t be the first… Read more »

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 »