Types of Ethernet CablesEthernet 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.