The Importance of PC Cable Connections
It's easy to be passive or even downright forgetful of your computer's cables. With everything else going on with your computer, finding quality cables is an often overlooked item. In reality, though, these are one of the most important (but underrated) features on your computer. They are the transportation devices that carry your information to and from your computer. They are also the items most commonly exposed to the elements. In computing, connectivity is everything and without good cable solutions, that connection could be lost.
Whether you connect to the Internet or just need to connect between computers within the office, Ethernet cabling is the primary transport method used, the most common being the Category 5 (CAT-5) or Category 6 (CAT-6) cable. The difference between CAT-5 and CAT-6 is generally the amount of load you can put on the cable itself. CAT-5 being the most commonly used as it is sufficient and inexpensive. CAT-5 cable is durable and easy to work on as it resembles standard telephone wire. In most cases, the wire is also shielded, which means that it contains a thin layer of insulation around the wire itself to prevent the shorting of the cable itself. While CAT-5/6 cable is primarily used for the internal cable connections within the network itself, there's a need for a greater transfer of data and information between servers both inside and outside the network itself. This is where fiber optic cabling plays an important role.
Fiber optic cables deliver omni-directional information in the form of digital light. This light-speed transfer allows for greater efficiency and an unlimited frequency load rate. The benefits of fiber optic cable rely greatly on its speed and efficiency that is required for servers that experience a high rate of traffic and transfer of information. The down side to this is that the cable construction itself is very sensitive as the cable itself is made of shielded glass fibers. Only trained technicians are able to deploy this cable and the slightest crack within the line-of-sight will cause impairment.
With any peripheral attached to any computer, it is likely that the connection cable used will be a Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0. The reason for this is that USB provides for a greater transfer rate than Standard Serial Connections. These come in different connection types with the standard "flat-blade" on one end that connects to your computer, and one of several end connections that fit into a slot on the device itself.
The latest in USB technology is the USB 3.0 which allows for greater transfer rate of data by creating more connection points within the wire itself. What makes USB 3.0 amazing is also downward compatible, meaning that you can connect the blade end to any USB port and it will function as a USB 2.0 transfer connection without any kind of adapter needed.
While most cabling discussed here has dealt with the external types, it's important to recognize those that are internal as well. Internal cables like SATA connections are exposed to an extreme amount of heat and experience a high rate of data transfer. Fortunately, these are short in length and don't experience much in the form of relocation, but it's important to understand that it is possible to create a short if connected improperly or over used.
When choosing proper cabling, construction is crucial. Monster has been designing top-choice audiocable for years and are now getting into the computer cable construction as well. A solidly constructed cable will result in longer life and better transfer rate of your cable systems.