Network Cables

Network cable information to keep you connected

Network cabling may not be necessary for those who own only a single computer, but for anyone who has multiple computers, and especially for businesses, it can be a lifesaver. Networking cable makes it easy for two or more computers to be interconnected or to connect to the same device.

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Though wireless networking is becoming increasingly popular, many companies still prefer to establish connections using network cables, as they are often considered more stable. They are also a cheaper option, with cables usually costing less than $10 each.

Uses for Computer Network Cables

Whether you're a sophisticated computer-user or not, there are many benefits to networking your computers:

  • Device sharing. With network cables, multiple computers can connect to the same device within the office, which means you won't have to buy multiple devices, such as printers and scanners.
  • Device integration. Devices like digital video recorders can be connected to your computer via network cabling.
  • Internet access. Networking allows multiple computers to connect to the Internet at the same time.
  • Multi-user files. Employees can access common documents and information. Despite the many advantages, there are also a few drawbacks to network cables that you may want to keep in mind, including the difficulty of running many wires and the lack of easy transportation of your computer. If you're concerned about these issues, wireless networking may be the right solution for your business.

Types of Network Cables

There are many types of network cable, and the type you choose will depend both on the computers in your office and on the type of networking you want to do. A few common types of network cable include:

  • Coaxial cable. Coaxial cable is an electrical cable that consists of an inner conductor wrapped in a flexible insulating layer.
  • Optical fiber cable. Also known as fiber patch cable, these cables consist of one or more optical fibers that are coated with plastic layers and encased in a tube.
  • Twisted pair cable. Twisted pair cables are just as their name sounds, employing two conductors that are twisted together.
  • Parallel cable. Parallel cables run four data blocks at a time, allowing for a quicker transfer speed.