It is safe to say that today’s world is indeed a wired world, as some call it, and this is often literally true. While wireless technology is useful for using a laptop on the go or using a smart phone, cables such as cat5e cables, cat6 cables, bulk USB cables, and more are quite effective for connecting all sorts of electrical devices together for work and play. In fact, in many settings these cables, such as a ethernet network, are preferable over wireless tech, since too many wireless devices might interfere with one another. By contrast, cables, such as those in an ethernet network, will allow for a secure and private transmission of data, interference-free. A 100 ft HDMI cable us a great choice for plugging an HD TV into something such as a game console or laptop, and an ethernet network at the office is made possible with a router and ethernet cables. When assembling an ethernet network or building a home entertainment system, cables will be there.
Cables in the Office
Nearly any modern business is going to use some computers, and often a lot of them. IT professionals are those who will set up all the hardware when an office space is created, and that includes not only the desktop PCs but a router and the data server. And of course, all the cables to connect all this and allow data transmission. Ethernet cables, such as cat5 or cat6 cables, will plug into a PC’s tower and plug the other end into a router, allowing Internet access. These cables have four pairs of copper wires inside for fast data transmission, and the E style cables, such as cat6e cables, are very long and can connect nearly anywhere. Typically, these cables are threaded discreetly throughout the office so that they are not a tripping hazard, and arranged so they won’t come accidentally unplugged.
A data server, for those not aware, is a collection of computers stored in racks in a specialized room, situated somewhere in or near the office. These are not desktop PCs, and they don’t even have monitors, keyboards, or computer mice. Instead, they are all linked with cables to form a single, large entity with vast storage space and processing speed, and hundreds or even thousands of computers may be linked by cables. Meanwhile, the actual desktop PCs in the office will be plugged into this data server to enjoy a boost to their processing power. The plugged in computers can also share that vast data storage space, meaning that the computers can easily share files with one another. Integrated data servers may have their data linked with the company’s Cloud data storage for the benefit of remote employees, creating a universal data sharing system.
Computers in the Home
Meanwhile, many Americans have electronic devices such as HDTVs, laptops and desktop PCs, game consoles, and even digital projectors in their homes, and cables will connect them all. Like at an office, a homeowner may plug their PC or their laptop into an ethernet cable to connect it to the home router, making for a strong and smooth Internet connection. Cables may also connect that computer to a printer or scanner, and some office employees choose to work remotely at home offices with such a setup.
Cables can be fun, too. They may plug together compatible hardware such as a Blu-Ray player, an HDTV, a digital projector, a laptop, a sound system, or a game console together to form a home entertainment system. For example, a person can plug a sound system into their laptop and then use an HDMI cable to plug it into a digital projector, creating a sort of miniature movie theater in the home. Similar cables may connect a game console to a TV, and ethernet cables plug that console into the home router for both online gaming and video streaming. And as with an office, these cables may be carefully arranged so that they are not a tripping hazard. In fact, many hardware stores sell specialized little brackets that can be hammered easily into the walls, and hold cables in place along the walls and ceiling.