Ethernet Cables and How They Work

Published: Tuesday April 16, 2019 18:00

An Ethernet cable is one of the most common forms of network cable used on wired networks. Ethernet cables connect devices within a local area network, like PCs, routers, and switches. These physical cables are limited by the distance that they can stretch and still carry proper signals and by their durability. 

What an Ethernet Cable Looks Like

An ethernet cable resembles a phone cable but is larger and has more wires. Both cables share a similar shape and plug, but an Ethernet cable has eight wires and a larger plug than the four wires found in phone cables.

Ethernet cables plug into Ethernet ports, which are larger than phone cable ports. An Ethernet port on a computer is accessible through the Ethernet card on the motherboard.

Ethernet cables come in different colors but phone cables are usually just grey.
 

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