Cables & Connectors
Frequently Asked Questions
Computers and Video
1) My computer only has USB ports, but my printer (scanner, modem, CNC machine, etc...) is old and does not have USB. Can I connect my old printer to my new computer?
The answer is yes, provided your printer has a parallel port or a 9-pin serial port. You just need an adapter to convert the data. We carry both converters:
USB to Serial
2) My printer only has USB ports, but my computer is old and does not have USB. Can I connect my new printer to my old computer?
Unfortunately, no. Your old computer does not have the information required to communicate with a USB port. Devices can be backwards compatible, but not forwards compatible – the technology wasn't invented yet when the computer was built!
3) My new TV only has HDMI ports, but I want to connect it to my VCR, which only has the red/white/yellow composite connectors. Do you have a cable that lets me connect the two?
We have a way to connect them, but it's not a cable! The composite connectors transmit an analog signal, while HDMI is digital. Therefore you need an digital to analog converter, which is actually a box with electronics that convert the signal. We carry that: DAC Converter
4) My new blu-ray player only has HDMI connections, but my TV is old and only has the red/white/yellow composite connectors. Can I connect them?
Yes, but once again you'll need a converter box, this time to convert the signal from analog to digital. We carry that: Analog to Digital Converter
5) I want to connect my old computer to my new TV. But my computer only has VGA connections, while my TV has HDMI. Can I connect the two?
Yes, but you'll need a converter box to convert the box from analog to digital. We carry that:
6) I just got a new computer, and I want to connect to my existing monitor. My new computer only has HDMI, though, and my monitor is VGA. Is there a way to connect them?
Yes, but you'll need a converter box here, too. The signal needs to be converted from digital to analog. We carry that: HDMI to VGA Converter
7) My computer has USB ports available, but my monitor is still VGA. Can I connect USB to VGA?
USB ports are data ports, not video ports. To connect the two, you need to get a converter box that adds a video card to the USB signal, in addition to the VGA connection. We have that: USB to VGA Converter
8) I want to connect my computer to my TV, but the only ports I have free on my computer are USB and my TV has HDMI. How can I connect the two?
Once again, USB ports are data ports, not video ports. To connect the two, you need to get a converter box that adds a video card to the USB signal, in addition to the HDMI connector. We have that: USB to HDMI Converter
9) My computer has a DVI port, but I want to connect it to a monitor that only has VGA. Can I connect the two?
If the DVI port on your computer is DVI-I, yes. DVI connectors are digital connectors. A DVI-I connector will have 4 extra pins (see picture) that allow transmission of an analog signal as well. You can adapt from DVI-I to VGA with a connector: DVI Male to VGA Female or DVI Female to VGA Male
10) My TV has a DVI port, but my new DVD player only has HDMI. Can I hook my DVD player up to my existing TV?
Yes. You just need an adapter: DVI Female to HDMI Male or DVI Male to HDMI Female
1) I want to connect my TV to my stereo, but my stereo only has red and white connectors, while the TV has optical audio. Can I connect them?
Yes, but you'll need to convert the TV's signal from optical to analog. You can do that with a converter box: Optical to Analog Converter
2) I want to connect my old TV to my new stereo, but my new stereo doesn't have the red and white connectors – it has optical. Can I connect them?
Yes, but you'll need to convert the TV's analog signal to optical for the red and white connectors to work. We have the converter box you need: Analog to Optical Converter
General Cable and Connection Questions
1) I need a long USB cable. How long can I go?
A regular USB cable can be up to 16 feet. Anything beyond that would require a repeater. You can use a USB cable with a repeater up to about 36 feet. If you need it to be longer than that, you'll need to run it over CAT-5 cable. Give us a call, and we can give you more info.
|2) How long can I run HDMI cable?|
Regular HDMI cable can be up to 50 feet without losing a signal, as long as you have a heavy cable. If you need more than that, you'll need a cable with a repeater, or you can convert the signal and run it over CAT 5 or CAT 6. Call us, and we'll discuss it with you further.
3) I only have one HDMI port available on my TV, but I want to connect several devices to it. Do you have a splitter?
With HDMI inputs you need more than a splitter – you need a switch. We have a couple of options available: 5 Inputs, 3-way Switch
4) I want to connect two computers to the internet, but I only have one ethernet port available. Do you have a splitter?
1) Is there a way to get videos off my VHS tapes?
Yes. We have a device that connects to your computer and transfers VHS tapes to digital files: Audio/Video Grabber
2) Is there a way to connect my cell phone to my TV?
If you have an iPhone, you'll need to go to an Apple store to discuss that with them, but if you have an HDMI port on your TV and a micro USB port on your phone, you can likely connect the two with an MHL cable.