The Need-to-Know of Ethernet and USB Cables

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We use USB and Ethernet cables everyday without even thinking about it. Whether giving us a strong internet signal or being used to save some of our important files, many of us don’t know a thing about either of these two high-power cables. Here are a few facts you probably didn’t know about USB and Ethernet cables

Ethernet Cables

  • The most common network Ethernet cable today is the one invented by Xerox, Digital and IntelR. This is the 10Mbps.
  • Although an Ethernet cable that is 10Mbps worked fine in households with around three computers, it’s typical for people to purchase 100Mbps or higher, to increase the speed of their internet.
  • The length of an Ethernet cable can vary greatly, from a 75 ft Ethernet cable to a 500 ft Ethernet cable.
  • Every Ethernet cable is comprised of four pairs of wires twisted together. This prevents any interference that might happen in the pairs.
  • There are four types of Ethernet cables. They are Standard, Standard with Ethernet, High Speed and High Speed with Ethernet.
  • The RJ45 plugs are exist at the end of each Ethernet cable are really only meant to stand up to around 1,000 to 2,000 insertions before they break down.
  • The first Ethernet cable was made in the 1970s.
  • Bulk category 6 ethernet cables provide more speed but are more expensive.
  • It’s been reported that bulk category 6 ethernet cables are a bit more difficult and fussy to install
  • Though similar looking, bulk category 6 ethernet cables have a much higher bandwidth than 5. But this may cause shortage problems if not properly used

USB Cables

  • The term USB actually means Universal Serial Bus.
  • The technology first came out in 1995 and had a hard time finding it’s first for the first several years.
  • The USB 2.0 specification was revealed in 2000, increasing the amount of bandwidth from 12 Megabits per second to 480 Megabits per second.
  • There are four categories for USB speed. They are USB 1 Slow, USB 2 Full Speed, USB 3 High Speed and USB 4 Super Speed
  • The longest length a USB cable connection can be and still be functional is around ten feet.
  • The reason the word “drive” is commonly attached to USB is because it uses the same basic system as a disc drive.
  • There are some USB drives on the markets that are incredibly durable, to the point of being able to survive ten tons of pressure and temperatures between -122 a,d 394 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • While common USB drives do not contain security measures, it is possible to download them directly on the device to protect your information
  • USB 3 cables are, in fact, compatible with USB 2.0 device cable, yet the speed remains at that of a 2.0 level.

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