Connecting Your Devices
When PCs first appeared, the only problem that someone may have, was finding a printer that had the right connection for their PC. Today though, there are far more devices that people want to connect their PCs with, perhaps a lap top, phone or other mobile device, each of which, at one time, would have needed checking before buying to ensure that they were compatible to their PC however, since the major PC manufacturers came together in 1994 and agreed on a compatible connection, any of them can now be sure to connect correctly with any PC. The type of connection that was agreed on by all the manufacturers was a USB or Universal Serial Bus which, as well as coming in several types, also comes in several sizes, micro USBs being more appropriate for mobile phones because of their size. The USB 2.0 is the one that you will generally find ports for on your PC or lap top and this means that if you have a cable with that type of connection on one end, you can transfer information from your computer to any device that fits the connection at the other end. This agreement did not just make life a lot easier for manufacturers of printers but also made it easier for any one making a newer type of device today as they can easily be connected to any computer.
The decision to use a USB connection as the standard was obviously a wise one as, in 2008 alone, over 2 billion devices with USB connections were sold and considering since then, the overwhelmingly increasing popularity of mobile and smart phones, that number will be far exceeded by the number of sales made this year. When the USB port were decided on, it was considered that connectors with a capability of being connected and reconnected up to 1,500 times would be adequate but, with the advent of the smart phone, many connectors are tested out to withstand up to 6,000 connections and reconnections, allowing for more than just one daily use. When standard connections were first thought of, cameras and printers were probably foremost in their minds and so spare cables with those in mind were produced but that meant that those spare cables were probably not suitable for today’s more modern uses with smart phones. The old cables may not be capable of transferring information at fast speeds or may be too short to conveniently reach a smart phone that needs charging but fortunately, cables like the one at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBDD5FI – micro usb cable are. These modern cables can connect with both a PC and any other device with the right size port and are capable of transferring information at exceptionally high speeds, plus they come with long flat cables which means, not only will the cable be long enough to comfortably reach your chosen device where ever it may be conveniently placed but, when it is not in use, the cable will not become tangled.