The Internet has arrived and is no doubt here to stay, and many electronic devices can connect to it either with physical networking cables like a fiber optic cable or Ethernet cables, or even wirelessly in some cases (this may be common for laptops). Many electronic devices today, such as desktop PCs, laptops, video game consoles, flat screen TVs, digital projectors, and more can be linked to form a single unit for a business or entertainment purpose, and it is a networking cable that will make this possible. A business owner or private consumer who wants to connect to the Internet or create a home entertainment system will want to find the right networking cable for the job, and there are a number of models to choose from today. Even cell phones make use of a networking cable of some kind or other to share data with a computer. What should a consumer look for?
A Network Cable for the Internet
It could be argued that the single biggest use for a network cable is to connect an electronic device to the Internet, and given how nearly 3.74 billion Internet users were around as of March 2017 (nearly half the global population), it is clear that anyone with a PC or laptop can and should take part in this, and the right network cable can hook them right up. Often, it is Ethernet cables that can get this work done, and they can be plugged into a router (which in turn is plugged into a modem), and such a networking cable can then be plugged into the correct slot on a computer or laptop for Internet access. Two recent and popular models are the Category 5 Ethernet cable (also known as Cat5 cables), and Category 6 cables (cat6 Cables). For each model, an extended version is available, and a consumer can tell them apart from the regular type by seeing the names: Cat5E and Cat6E. What are the advantages here? A wireless Internet signal may sometimes get disrupted or become weak, but a cable can be plugged right in for solid Internet access. This can be vital for a business that needs a computer and Internet access for every employee, and an office company’s hardware may include Category 5 or Category 6 Ethernet cables connecting each and every computer to the office’s Internet provider.
These cables, in an office setting, may also be useful for linking the employees’ computers to the business’ data server, a collection of specialized computers that will work together as a network (like neurons in a brain), and this can give an employee direct access to the data server. Alternatively, employees can use their Internet connection to link up to Cloud storage, a sort of Internet-based hard drive that will be private for each group of users. This allows a remote workers, such as someone working at home, to access company files and add and access anything in the Cloud, given a proper Internet connection. Naturally, IT professionals will be on hand to get such Internet services, and their cyber-security, all set up.
A smaller company, such as a shop or even a church or synagogue, can make use of Internet connections like this, and they may also use other types of cables, such as USB cables, to connect a laptop to a digital projector. This can be useful for playing videos or slideshow presentations at a church, synagogue, shop, or anywhere else where a person would want to share information with this medium. And for home consumers, a home entertainment system can be easily built when a DVD player, video game console, or Satellite TV box is connected to a flat screen TV, a sound system, and anything else desired, so long as every component is USB-compatible (the person should check for this ahead of time). The main downsize to such cables is that they are physical items, and they may get tangled or damaged or pose as tripping hazards. Whether at a home, office, or church, a person should be responsible about their cables and keep them secured and out out of the way, and frayed cables should be replaced to prevent a fire hazard.