[Q] What is a Patch Cable?
[A] Patch Cables are used to connect networking components together.
As a rule, these devices will not be alike. An example of unlike
devices would be connecting your computer to a DSL router, or
hub. Patch Cables are used to connect almost all networking
components together and are the most common as a result.
Cables are wired using the EIA/TIA standard 568-B on both ends
of the cable. Although it is possible to use the 568-A standard
on both ends and have it work the same, the 568-B standard is
in use for almost all applications in the United States. The
568-B standard refers to the order that the individual 8 wires
will be arranged when crimped into the RJ45 plug.
Cables are offered in CAT 5, CAT 5e, and CAT
6. These are different cable material standards designed
to support successively higher transmission rates. One common
misconception to buyers is that they must have a CAT 6 Cable
in order to acheive a Gigabit signal in their network. This
is only true if you are buying cheap, offshore, or "bargain"
warehouse cables. A good quality CAT 5e Cable made to
proper standards will carry a gigabit signal. It just was not
designed or certified for it.
are a variety of possible connections that can be made with
a patch cable. examples would include the following:
- Patch Panel to Computer
- Computer to DSL/Cable Modem
- Computer to Hub
- DSL/Cable Modem to Router
- DSL/Cable Modem to HubDSL/Cable Modem to Wireless Access Point
- Wall Plate to Computer
Cables from CAT 5 Cable Company are made by hand from the finest
materials, and are 100% quality inspected for maximum performance.
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