Learn how to identify computer cable connections and hook up your computer in minutes today... with our computer cable guide (with pictures). Let's begin with display cables. There are four types of computer cable connections to a monitor: VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.
Coaxial cabling is the primary type of cabling used by the cable television industry and is also widely used for computer networks, such as Ethernet. Although more expensive than standard telephone wire, it is much less susceptible to interference and can carry much more data.
DVI-D cables are usually used for connecting a digital LCD monitor to a computer's video card. You'll have a speedier connection and higher image quality. For CRT monitors with a VGA connection, you'll need a DVI-A cable, which will carry the DVI signal to the analog display.
Ethernet cables, of course, plug into Ethernet ports, which again, are larger than phone cable ports. An Ethernet port on a computer is accessible through the Ethernet card on the motherboard. Ethernet cables come in different colors but phone cables are usually just grey.
Cat5 has become obsolete in recent years, due to its limitations compared to Cat5E and Cat6 cables. Although the Cat5 cable can handle up to 10/100 Mbps at a 100MHz bandwidth (which was once considered quite efficient), the newer versions of Cat cables are significantly faster.
HDMI stands for "High Definition Media Interface." But, it's not just a type of cable, cord, or connector. It's a technology standard that's designed to transmit high-definition audio and video signals. It's also a pretty big deal. First of all, HDMI is the best possible way to transmit those signals.
A fiber optic cable is a long distance network telecommunications cable made from strands of glass fibers that uses pulses of light to transfer data. A fiber optic cable is a long distance network telecommunications cable made from strands of glass fibers that uses pulses of light to transfer data.
Shielded twisted pair is often used in business installations. The more common kind of wire that is installed to your home is unshielded twisted pair. Twisted pair is now frequently installed with two pairs to the home, with the extra pair making it possible for you to add another line (perhaps for modem use) when you need it.
Unshielded twisted pair (UTP) is a ubiquitous type of copper cabling used in telephone wiring and local area networks . There are five types of UTP cables -- identified with the prefix CAT, as in category-- each supporting a different amount of bandwidth.
LAN cables are a specific type of data cable used in computer networking. There are two different types of local area network cables. The first is a standard cable that connects a computer to a router or hub, and the second is called a crossover cable, connecting two computers together.