Ethernet cables or LAN Cables are specific types of data cables that are used in the field of computer networking. For maximum functionality, Ethernet cables are designed and made differently so as to perform specific tasks best. There are limitations in length and size depending on the tasked to be performed. It is therefore essential to use the right cable for the proper application.More Information
Ethernet cables or LAN cables normally support one or more industry standards including Category 5 (CAT5) and Category 6 (CAT6). There is another special ethernet cables, which is crossover cables are specially design for connecting two computers to each other. Whereas ethernet cables are designed to connect one computer to a router or a switch.
Ethernet cables are manufactured in two ways. You will find solid Ethernet cables and stranded ethernet cables. The difference is located in the structures of these cables. For solid Ethernet cables, a single copper wire connects to a single conductor. It is ideal for permanent link connection and ideal for horizontal or vertical installation. It is mostly used in offices and homes. Stranded Ethernet cables are ideal for use where flexibility of the cable is needed. There are multiple wires that connect to each connector. These cables can only be used over short distances because they have a higher rate of attenuation (reduction in the strength of a signal).
In other applications, coaxial cables are used. A Coaxial cable is made of copper. It is however protected by a metal shield and other components that have the ability to block signal interference. In Singapore, coaxial cables are used in homes to cable television and video equipment. They are also used for broadband internet connections.
Coaxial cables able to carry signals at a greater distance and due to its layered protection, coaxial cables are definitely a good choice for weak signals. There are several types of coaxial cables, which are classified by the inner copper core diameter and number of protective sheaths.
- RG59 Cable
- Radio Frequency Cables (RF Cable)
- CAT 6 Cable