San Diego, are you wondering if there is a difference between a network cable and an ethernet cable? The answer is, yes and no. Although Ethernet cables are a type of network cable, the term network cable actually refers to a range of cable types. Confused? We get it! That’s because with the computers, TVs and other devices in our homes all using cables to connect, it’s easy to get confused about the types of cables you should use.
Let us clarify this confusion. Network cable is a general term that incorporates many different applications. In some cases, a network will use only one type of cable. And, in other cases networks will use a variety of cable types. But the type of cable you use depends on the structure of it, protocol and size. Fiber-optic cable, unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable, shielded twisted pair (STP) cable and coaxial cable are the most common cable types. Here we offer some more insight.
Types of Network Cables
Network cables are used to connect various network devices like computers, switches, routers, hub, modem and other wired devices to share or transfer data with each other. Or put simply, cabling is the set of wires made of either copper or glass that is used to connect computers and other network components to enable them to communicate. When it comes to technical specifics there are a number of different varieties, but the most common tend to be twisted pair, coaxial, Ethernet, and fiber-optic.
Fiber connections are the future of high-speed networks. The cables have a glass core surrounded by multiple layers of protective materials. They’re capable of transmitting more data over longer distances and faster than any other type of cable or medium. It is this technology that provides homes as well as businesses with fiber-optic internet, phone and TV services. Today, when referring to internet speed, those with fiber-optic internet will experience significantly faster upload and download speeds, more bandwidth for multiple devices at home and a reliable connection.
Network Cable: Coaxial Cable
Coax, short for coaxial, transmits data, the internet, video and voice communications. Its applications also include computer network connections, digital audio, and distributing cable TV signals. Although they are highly resistant to signal obstruction, it can be complex to install. Because it handle greater cable lengths between network devices than ethernet cables, it is still widely used.
Twisted Pair Cable (Shielded & Unshielded)
Twisted pair cables or simply, ethernet cables employ a special type of copper wiring. They provide voice and data channels in telephone lines. Shielding reduces the chance of crosstalk and provides protection from interference. It offers better electrical characteristics than unshielded cables.
San Diego Network Cabling Installation
Now that you’re spending a lot of time at home (working remotely), it might be worth connecting your work computer, smart TV, cable box, and other hardwired devices straight to your home network rather than using WiFi for everything. Because when you do, you increase your bandwidth substantially, which means one thing… faster internet speeds. The good news is, we install and service many types of network cabling including, Cat5e, Cat6 or Cat7 for data networks, VoIP phones, IP Surveillance, Security Cameras (CCTV), video or any custom needs you may have.
You’re already paying your internet provider for a fast connection. So, it only makes sense to have the right network infrastructure to deliver it, and the right team to install and configure it! We are a team of highly trained system designers and installers, qualified to help build the home network of your dreams. Let us help you get the most out of your home network. We are happy to come out free of charge to assess your current wireless capabilities. For the best home network installation services in San Diego, call (760) 505-7461 to get started or click on the button below to fill out a contact form.