The Ethernet Cord: A Quick Guide

Due to the advancement of technology, knowing how a computer works turned into a basic life skill. First, it is a must for everyone (regardless of their age) to know how to search the internet. The internet is an ocean of knowledge and people should never be deprived of it. This is also the reason why law makers are making basic internet access into a human right. Second, one must know the proper use of different digital devices like how to download apps and how to use each of them. Finally, one must know how a computer works. For instance, the different cables and connections that you need to use to connect to the internet, or local networking. With this, you would need to know the basics about the Ethernet cord.

What is an Ethernet Cord?

An Ethernet cord is the most widely used connection to connect computers within a local area.  For example, if you would want multiple computers in your office to be connected to the internet, then you could use the cord so that these computers would be able to share the connection. It’s the same when you have multiple computers at home.

The Two Types Of Cord

There are two types of this cord being manufactured: the solid and the stranded. The solid type of cord boasts of better performance, though it is advisable to only use them indoors. That is why the stranded cord has been manufactured. This is the more durable type and can usually survive the basic wear and tear of travel, so it’s the one to use for your portable devices.

Basic Categories

There are different types of category cables. There’s the category three, the oldest one of the bunch. It is no longer in use, so we won’t discuss it anymore. After that we have the category 5 or the cat5. This is the one we are already familiar with, because during the boom of personal computers and the internet, this is the cable that we have come to know. Of course, it is not commonly used anymore as well, because a lot has changed from the speed of internet and Ethernet connections since then. It can only handle 10/100 Mbps with a bandwidth limit of 100 Mhz. Pretty slow, right? Thus, there are only so much left of the computers and the people who still use this today.

Next in the list is the Cat5e, or the category 5 “enhanced”. This cable can handle 1000 Mbps with still a 100 Mhz bandwidth limit. If you do not have any reason to get a faster connection (i.e. your connection is only for personal use), then this is the cable that would be enough to suit your needs.

Finally, we have the category 6. Here is another commonly used cable, which is a leap higher than 5e. If you want a faster connection (at 10g Ethernet and 250 Mhz bandwidth), then this is the category cable for you. Of course aside from the ones listed here, there might be other types of cat cables out there, but they are more complicated to use already.

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