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What Is An Ethernet Cable?

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Question: What Is An Ethernet Cable?
Answer: An Ethernet cable is one of the most popular forms of network cable used on wired networks. Ethernet cables connect devices on local area networks such as PCs, routers and switches.

Types of Ethernet Cables

Ethernet cables normally support one or more industry standards including Category 5 (CAT5) and Category 6 (CAT6).

A crossover cable is a special type of Ethernet cable specially designed for connecting two computers to each other. By contrast, most Ethenet cables are designed to connect one computer to a router or switch.

Ethernet cables are physically manufactured in two basic forms called solid and stranded. Solid Ethernet cables tend to offer better performance and protection against electrical interference, while stranded cables are less prone to physical cracks and breaks making them more suitable for travelers and portable devices.

Limitations of Ethernet Cables

A single Ethernet cable, like an electric power cord, can extend only limited distances due to their electrical transmission characteristics.

Alternatives to Ethernet Cables for Computer Networking

Wireless technologies like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have replaced Ethernet on many home and business networks.

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