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A Look Into The World Of Network Cables

May 29, 2008
Network cables are extremely important items in the modern world. It is scary to think of it but they are responsible for the transfer of all kinds of data across the whole of the world. The network cables are primarily used for intranet connections in an office and finding the right cables for your office is very important.

For the uninitiated this can be a very daunting task after all if you know very little about them then you are unlikely to be able to pick the right ones for your specific needs. If all you know about network cables is that they are twice as long as the middle to the end then where should you start?

The process of organising cabling effectively is known as cable management and managing cable effectively can ensure that data is transferred both effectively and safely. Good cable management should ensure that cables do not become tangled and it can also work to ensure that cables do not accidentally become unplugged as a result of being knocked.

These kinds of accidents can have really detrimental effect on a business if data transmissions are lost at important moments. Making sure that cabling is installed properly can be an arduous task but it is important to make sure that it is done properly. This is increasingly important in businesses that work in the It sectors, communications sector, power distribution industry, facility wiring company and indeed in all types of industry or business that use a wide range of cabling.

The quality of cable management has an obvious increased level of importance in hospitals and medical centres. These are of greater importance as if they are laid incorrectly they could become a hazard for staff or patients.

The network cables that are available come in a vast range of different size, colours and shapes. Each different type of network cable is designed to meet different needs. Ethernet cables are designed to connect Ethernet applications, fibre optic cables transfer data over fibre optics, patch cables and telephone cables also help with the transfer of different types of data.

Each of these differing types of cable perform a different service. The Ethernet crossover cable, for example, is used to connect computing devices together that would normally require a hub, router or networking switch. These types of cables are usually found to contain a single wire that delivers transmission in each direction.

The major benefit of cables like the fibre optic cable is that they allow greater amounts of data to be transferred quicker than previously possible and over a longer distance. They have a number of benefits over metal wires in that they do not experience as much loss and they do not experience as much interference as conventional cabling.

These types of wire operate by channelling thin beams of light down the cables and through a process of total internal reflection the light is kept in the core of the wire. This light is in turn transfers data which can be translated at either end of the cabling.

Aside from the practical benefits of the different types of cabling they are also often offered in a wide variety of different colours. This can be useful as a practical method of keeping track of different cables but it can also be used simply to look good in the place that they are placed. Common colours available include red, black, green, grey, white, blue and yellow.
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Shaun Parker has been involved in the networking equipment and network cables industry for several years.
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