Ethernet Cable

An Ethernet cable is a type of network cable that is commonly used with wired networks. Within a local area network, Ethernet connections connect devices such as PCs, routers, and switches.

The length and longevity of these physical cords are limited. A network cable that is excessively long or of poor quality will not provide a good network signal. These constraints are one of the reasons why different types of Ethernet cables are designed to accomplish specific functions in specific scenarios.

Ethernet is a method of physically connecting computers and other network devices. This is known as a local area network, or LAN. The premise behind an Ethernet network is that computers and other devices may efficiently communicate files, information, and data with one another.

How to choose an Ethernet Cable?

The simplest method to choose a cable is to go with one that has the range and performance you require. But what do you require?

Begin with your home internet connection's speed. An old Ethernet wire will slow you down if you have gigabit internet (1Gbps). If your connection is slower — perhaps 10 or 20 megabits per second — you should be fine with anything Cat 5 or newer (more on this below).

If you don't know what the actual speed of your internet subscription is, connect your PC directly to the modem and run this speed test. This will give you a good sense of what connected connectivity you'll require. If your subscription only allows for 50Mbps downloads, a 10Gbps Ethernet cable may be excessive.

A better Ethernet cable can also make a significant difference if you routinely transfer large files between computers or stream exceptionally high-bandwidth video. If this isn't the case, and you merely surf the internet's shallow waters, you might not notice much of a change.

However, if you're searching for a replacement cable, it's best to go with a more recent model to take advantage of both speeds and future-proof your system. They can also provide better shielding, which can aid in the protection of your data while it is in transit. A fast Ethernet cable won't make much of a difference on its own, but a good cable can operate in tandem with other high-end network gear to guarantee that your connection is as strong as possible.

What does an Ethernet Cable look like?

An Ethernet cable is similar to a phone cable, however it is larger and has more wires. Although both cables have a similar design and socket, an Ethernet cable has eight wires and a phone line has four. Ethernet cable connectors have also grown in size.

While Ethernet cables come in a variety of colours, phone cables are typically grey.

Ethernet cables connect to larger Ethernet ports than phone cable ports. A computer's Ethernet port is accessed via the Ethernet card on the motherboard. This port is typically located on the back of a desktop computer or on the side of a laptop computer.

What does an Ethernet cable do?

Ethernet cables are commonly used to connect devices to a local network and to provide an internet connection. They connect to Ethernet ports on various devices.

An Ethernet cable is most commonly used to connect a WiFi router or modem to an internet entry port or telephone line. It can also be used to hardwire gadgets such as televisions, laptops, and other devices that rely on the internet or a network to function.

What does CAT mean?

When you start looking for specific Ethernet cables that meet your requirements, you'll see that they're divided into "Cat" numbers. What does this imply?

"Cat" is an abbreviation for "category." The number that follows indicates the specification version that the cable supports. Higher numbers, measured in megahertz (MHz), often signify quicker speeds and higher frequencies. As with most technologies, newer cables often enable higher bandwidths, resulting in faster download speeds and connections.

More advanced Cat numbers may also imply more consistent performance as well as superior distance performance. Because performance often drops significantly over long distances, Ethernet cables typically have two speed ratings, one at roughly 10 to 30 meters and one at 100 meters.

Categories of Ethernet Cable available at Mowsil:

CAT 6: Depending on the location, speeds of up to 10 gigabits are possible. Cat6 cable contains small wires, which improves the signal-to-noise ratio. The wires are sturdier than Cat5 cables, making them more difficult to run around tight corners.

CAT 6A: Cat6 cable which was lately upgraded. It can achieve speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second. The cables also provide twice the bandwidth of Cat6s. Cat6 cables are frequently insulated to reduce electrical noise and electromagnetic radiation from interfering with the signals.

CAT 7: Up to 10Gbps (Gigabits per second) transmission across a 15-metre distance. Cat 7 twisted cables must be completely insulated to prevent crosstalk and improve electrical noise resistance.

Why Mowsil?

Mowsil is regarded as the best provider in Ethernet Cables. We have a range of Ethernet cables including CAT 6, CAT 6A, CAT 7 and more. With our years of expertise and a team full of professionals, we have been providing ethernet cable for years. 

Explore our range of Ethernet Cables below. 

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