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For today’s special treat, we will be introducing Data and Networking Cables in simplest terms.
We know that we are now in an era where everything is wireless! But nothing beats cables and wires in data transfers. We are about to tell you what are these wires and their uses.
These are the cables you use to connect from your TV to home antennas and also the benchmark for ethernet cables with 10mbps speed. It is basically most made with insulation and a conductor. That is why Coaxial Cables are used for transmission. Unlike other shielded cables, the proportions of coaxial cables are just enough to give exact and consistent conduction to make it effective as a transmission cable. Apart from being used for internet connections and distributing cable television signals, Coaxial cables are also used in transmitting radio frequency signals and digital audio. These cables also gives protection of the signal from outside electromagnetic interference.
Twisted Pair Cables
Twisted pair cables are the most commonly used transmission cable. These starts as a pair of conductor cables twisted to cancel out external electromagnetic interference. These cables are now the leading cabling standard for Ethernet at 10 mbps and up. 10mbps uses Cat3 or Category 3 and eventually improved to higher versions and now is up to Category 6 with enhancement. The higher the category, the higher speed it accommodates. When a Cat6e is wrapped with a grounded foil shielding, it can reach a full 10-Gigabit Ethernet speeds without sacrificing 100 meters maximum cable length. There are two types of Twisted Pair Cables: the Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) and Shielded Twisted Pair (STP).
Fiber Optic Cables
Fiber optic network cables are cables made of drawing glass that is a little bit thicker than a human hair. As an alternative to cables with metal insulation in electrical signal transmission, these cables uses these strands of glass and surge of light to transmit. In spite of being made of glass, these cables are bendable. Fiber optic network cables are very useful in wide area network installations as it necessarily requires long distance underground and outdoor cable runs and since these cables are flexible. They are also used in office buildings where a large volume of communication traffic is expected. Basically, Fiber Optic Network Cable is one of the best choices for an establishments that needs faster and heavy duty internet connection.
A Patch Cable also known as patch cord or patch lead is used to connect one networking device to another networking device. This can be from a router to a hub, a switch, or a router. Patch cables can also connect a non-networking device to another such as headphones or microphone. Patch cables are relatively short (no longer than 2 meters) and is made in different colors so it can be easily identified. Basically these cords can be a coaxial cable, a UTP or STP or an optical fiber cables.
Universal Serial Bus Cables are commonly used to connect with an external device like a mouse, keyboard or an external storage. USB Cable also features twisted pair wiring. This cable may not be for an internet connection but network adapters allow connecting an Ethernet cable to a USB port.
There are also other cables that may no longer be used in modern computers but still widely used on older home networks.
(Old School?? The Classics?)
Serial and Parallel Cables
These cables are used to connect a computer to another computer. They allow data transfers at speeds 0.115mbps and 0.45 mbps.
Crossover cables connects two Ethernet network devices to each other. These are cables used to connect devices of the same type. This is the difference between Patch Cable and Crossover Cable. A patch cable connects two different devices while a crossover cable connects two same devices. Crossover cable may look very identical to standard straight through cable but they are different internally. Crossover cables can only be used for direct network connection. Trying to connect an old router to a network switch with a crossover cable can lead to a link malfunction.
These are some basic information about network cables that you might want to check. Explained in the easiest way possible.
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