The prevalence of technology has made it become an increasingly important part of the fabric of society in many ways. Today, many devices, laptops, and mobile phones have the ability to operate via wireless internet or LTE coverage which may make you think that networking cables have lost their importance, but that’s not entirely true.
Sure, network Ethernet cables and USB cables might not hold the significance they once did, but they’re still incredibly useful and used in a variety of capacities. Whether you’re stocking your home office, business, or some other establishment the houses electronic devices, here are three of the most common networking cables you should have on hand.
- Network Ethernet Cable: Ethernet cables are used to connect devices like laptops to things such as modems for internet access. Ethernet cables can come in a variety of different specifications. One popular cable are the CAT5 cables. CAT5 cables have a maximum frequency of 100 MHz and can transmit up to 10/100Mbps. They are used for transmitting data and information through networks and multi-line phone systems. The CAT6 cables were introduced more recently featuring greater transmission and speed capabilities.
- USB Cables: USB cables are most common as part of a device’s natural cord. For example, many video gaming mouses feature cords that need to be plugged into a USB port. Still, it’s good to have an extra generic USB cable around in the event you need it for something like an adapter.
- HDMI DVI Cables: HDMI to DVI cables are commonly used to connect devices to televisions in order to stream and watch movies and television shows. It’s a common misconception many people have that believe these cords cost $50 or more when in fact you can find them online for prices much cheaper. Also, the length of the cable typically doesn’t matter when it comes to the quality of the audio and video when using HDMI. The only time the length of the cable does matter is in the event you’re using it to travel great distances, like over 100 feet. In this case you should invest in an HDMI cable specifically designed for that purpose, which will cost a little more.
Extra Ethernet, HDMI, and USB cables are three of the most commonly used networking cables that you should consider keeping on hand just in case.