Ethernet cables are cables that connect your electronic device (eg tablet, computer or gaming console) to a network, providing access to the internet. Ethernet cables give you a faster and more reliable experience, whilst making a good backup in case there is any issue with WI-Fi. Ethernet cables are available in a wide range of lengths, with various types of ethernet cables to choose from. The best way to select a Ethernet cable is to pick one with the range and performance you need.
Ethernet Cable Types
- Cat5 Cable - Category 5 cable (or cat5 cable) is an Ethernet cable consisting of 4 twisted pairs of copper wire with conductors usually measuring 24 AWG to 26 AWG. Cat5E ethernet cables are one of the most popular types of network cable for connecting computers, modems, routers and other wired internet capable devices.
- Cat5E Cable - Cat5 enhanced offers significant performance improvements over standard Cat5 cable, including up to 10 times faster speeds.
- Cat6 Cable - Category 6 cable is a standardised twisted pair cable used for Ethernet and other physical layers that are backwards compatible with previous iterations, such as Cat5/5E and Cat3. It is compatible with fast Ethernet 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX and Gigabit networks.
- Cat 6a Cable - Category 6a cables are a high-speed type of ethernet cable or patch cable as they're also known. They are used as a commonly within various types of industries and workplaces, including offices and warehouses requiring a network. Anywhere which has an internet connection, it's almost a guarantee you'll find one of these network cables.
- Thin Ethernet Cables - Commonly used to connect devices in a local area network (LAN). Ethernet cabling is often combined with RJ type connectors for connecting personal computers, routers and switches. Thin bodied Ethernet cabling has an advantage over regular Ethernet cabling in that it is space-saving, and able to be fed through smaller spaces.