We live in a wired world, and computers, TV sets, game consoles, cell phones, and other electronic devices make good use of cables. While laptops and smartphones can operate without any wires or cables, wireless technology has not made cat6 ethernet cables or bulk USB cables obsolete. In fact, in a modern office or home, using cat6 ethernet cables or a 100ft HDMI cable is more practical than trying to make everything wireless. Besides, if too many wireless devices are being used at the same time, they might interfere with each other’s signals, or overload the wireless internet provider. Instead, modern work places make good use of cat6 ethernet cables, bulk fiber optic cables, and more for a solid internet connection. Other cable types can be used to create a data center, home office, or a home entertainment center. How might this work? What advantages do cables offer?
Cables for the Office
Most places of business today, even the smaller ones, will probably have a few computers in them, and a large office might have dozens of desktop PCs in operation all at once. As mentioned earlier, using wireless connections may be impractical, so cat6 ethernet cables can be used instead. A typical cat6 ethernet cable has four pairs of copper wires inside, and these allow for a solid, smooth transmission of data at all times for a computer. There is no chance of interference, and that is part of the appeal. Internet routers have ports for such ethernet cables, and a cable’s other end can plug into various desktop PCs for work. In an office, these cat6 ethernet cables may be threaded discreetly around the premises by the hand of IT professionals,who might even drill holes in the floor to allow those cables to pass through. Office workers will need that solid internet connection for video chat, online research, accessing Cloud data storage, and more.
Cables also make data servers a reality. For those not familiar with them, a data server is a dedicated room filled with shelf and cabinet units, all loaded with hundreds or even thousands of computers, all of them connected with cables. When combined this way, all the computers form a single, massive entity, with deep storage space and fast processing power. Desktop PCs can be plugged into this data server to share that enormous data storage space, and enjoy a boost to their processing power. All of this allows office employees to easily share data, and more computers and cables can be added to further expand that data center.
Fiber optic cables can be installed in an office to grant extremely fast internet connection speeds, and these cables are thin glass tubes that carry pulses of light. Bonus, “dark” cables may be installed too, to act as backups if any of the main cables malfunction. Those dark cables can also be brought online as the office’s internet usage expands.
Cables in the Home
Meanwhile, homeowners can make good use of cat6 ethernet cables, HDMI cables, lightning cables, and more for their own electronic devices. A home office is possible when a PC is connected with ethernet cables to a router, and the PC may have cables plugging it into a fax machine, printer, and more.
Cables can be fun, too, such as cell phone cables. Most smartphones come packaged with a lightning cable, which plugs into the phone at one end and plugs into a USB slot at the other. This can recharge the phone, and allow it to share data with a device it’s plugged into. Adapters allow the lightning cable to plug into ordinary wall sockets, too.
A home entertainment system is made possible with cables. For example, a person can use an HDMI cable to plug a game console into an HDTV or a digital projector, allowing for high-definition visuals. Other cables can plug in the sound system, and an ethernet cable can plug that game console into a router for video streaming services and online gaming. Other combinations are possible, too, such as plugging a laptop into a TV or projector to play videos. Golf simulators, meanwhile, require a PC or a laptop to run the program, and an HDMI cable connects it to a projector.