It is fair to say that today’s world is indeed a “wired world”, and cables such as cat5e cables, cat6 cables, bulk USB cables, and even 100 ft HDMI cables are making the modern world run. Yes, some devices such as smartphones and laptops can operate wirelessly, since they are meant to be used while on the go. Wireless tech is a reality, but it has not made cables obsolete. In fact, in many settings such as an office or the home, cat5e cables and others are actually preferable to wireless connections. After all, running a hundred PCs in an office on wireless connections could overload the system, and interference could be a real issue. But cat5e cables can securely plug PCs into the Internet, and fiber optic cables can transmit data very fast. USB cables, HDMI cables, cat5e cables for the Internet, and more can make nearly any electronic device run just right.
Cables in the Office
A modern business and office space is likely to have at least a few computers in it, if not dozens or even hundreds, and cables can help them run. This is the domain of IT professionals, who can set up not only the computers but also string up all the necessary cables to make everything run. For example, IT crews can set up routers as well as cat5e cables, and even drill holes in the floor to allow those cat5e cables to go through. Cables are set up so that they are no tripping hazards, and they can be arranged discreetly. With ehternet cables on the job, any PC can be securely plugged into the Internet with a steady stream of data, and there’s no chance of interference like with a wireless connection. Cat6 cables in particular have four pairs of copper wires in them to transmit data easily.
What about cables for a data server? For those not aware, a data server is a collection of hundreds or even thousands of computers all linked with cables, and this allows them to function as a single, enormous entity. Those computers are all placed in a dedicated room and sit on shelves and racks, complete with holes to allow those cables (and often cooling tubes) to pass right through. The idea is that this entity creates a huge storage space for data, and work PCs can be plugged into this data server via cables to share information with each other securely and privately. This is essential to maintain data sharing in an office, and cables keep those computers connected to it all. Computers taking part in this also enjoy a boost to their processing power.
Finally, fiber optic cables can be installed in an office, these being flexible glass wires that can transmit vast amounts of data at high speeds via pulses of light. Specialized crews can be hired to install these, and they may add bonus “dark” cables that can act as backups if any main cables malfunction or get damaged. Those dark cables can be brought online as the office’s Internet use expands.
Cables for the Home
Most modern households also feature cables, and some employees today make good use of home offices. That means using an ethernet cable to plug that office’s laptop or PC to the Internet and a router, and cables can also connect that computer to a fax machine, printer, or other devices.
Cables can also be fun. Most modern smartphones come packaged with a cable, such as a lightning cable, that will recharge the batteries once plugged into the USB port of a device or into an adapter that’s plugged into a wall socket. This also allows the phone to share data with any device that it’s plugged into, such as a PC.
Cables can also make a home entertainment center possible, and the only real limit is ensuring that all devices are compatible with their cables. HDMI cables can plug a laptop or a game console into an HDTV or a digital projector for a high-definition video, and ethernet cables can plug a game console into a router for video streaming and online gaming. Other cables can plug in a sound systems, complete with speakers and sub woofers.
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