Why Ethernet Cables?
Ethernet cables connect network devices including switches, routers and network security devices. Using Ethernet protocol to communicate your network is reliable and working at top performance based on our line of affordable Cat 5 and Cat 6 cable. Ethernet Cables provide:
- Connection for a wide range of physical devices including your Desktops and Laptops
- An alternetiviet to wireless connectivity that use radio signals in place of some (or all) Ethernet cables.
The Physical Ethernet Cables
- Use Cat 5 cables. (Cat 5 is a measure of quality, meaning that it supports traffic up to 100 MB / sec.) These are also called 10/100 Base-T Cat 5 cables.
- Some Ethernet cable wires criss-cross internally, others are straight through, meaning that pin 1 is wired to pin 1 on the other end, etc. A port (socket) for a straight through Ethernet cable is sometimes called anuplink port. If you aren’t sure about a cable, and you can see the inside wires’ colors, hold the two ends of the plugs up, so the same side of the plug is facing you.
If the wire colors are in the same order in both, it is a straight through cable. Otherwise, it’s probably a crossover cable.
- Cables are crossover where the wire for pin 1 attaches on the other end to pin 8, etc. This is used, for example, to connect two computers directly, without a hub or switch. Manuals will tell you whether to use a crossover cable.
- Using a crossover cable instead of a straight through one won’t hurt anything — but it won’t work, unless you have…
- …Auto Uplink technology, where the equipment figures out which kind of cable you have actually attached to it.
What Travels over the Ethernet Cable
You might need these terms, which relate to what travels over the cable:
- Full duplex. Data can travel both directions at once.
- Half-duplex (aka semi-duplex). Data can only travel one direction at any instant. This is slower than full duplex. Attaching a network device that can only do half-duplex to one that can only do full duplex will cause terrible performance — if they connect at all.
- Auto-negociation. This is when the network devices figure out whether both on either end of an Ethernet cable are full duplex. Rarely, the auto-negociation fails, so sometimes in debugging, it is turned off.
Variations on Using the Ethernet Protocol on Ethernet Cables
- Powerline products use regular electrical power cords in place of Ethernet cables. This useful (and easy to install ! ) technology is often overlooked in situations where Ethernet cabling is inconvenient.
- Power Over Ethernet products use Ethernet cables to transmit small amounts of power to Ethernet equipment (as well as data). This is useful where running power cords is inconvenient.
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