Cable Connectors

Cable Connectors

Cable Connectors

By Anne Ahira

Our modern world is one that is full of electronics. With electronics comes the need to hook up wires or cables and with the need to do that we have a need for a plethora of Cable Connectors to get that job done.

We’re going to go over some of the different types of them here to familiarize you with them so you can have a general understanding of things that you might see.

Cable Connectors around your home entertainment unit can come in a wide range of styles.

Most RCA style connections carry either strictly an audio signal from things like a CD player into the surround sound receiver in your living room. Some video signals called GRB also are transmitted via a thicker cable with termination in an RCA plug.

High quality video can be transmitted into a cable via an S-video connection which somewhat resembles an old PS-2 mouse plug. Your cable or satellite might use the standard cable connection called and RG, which you might be most familiar with.

There is also a connection called an HDMI, which is used to send high def video to and from most new fully digital sources. While there are other connections that you might find in your living room system, this covers most of the common ones.

Cable Connectors in the world of your computer are too numerous to cover in entirety. We’ll hit some of the most common out there today. For getting signals in and out of your computer the most common, bar none is the USB or Universal Serial Bus connector.

Most devices today use it and it can be plugged in and out without turning off the PC and will not cause damage to your computer. The second most popular is the Firewire cable, which is used for moving large amounts of data, like video or multi-track audio from a device into and out of the computer.

You will also find your computer might have a Cat 5 or Ethernet Cable Connector or connectors on it. This is used to interconnect your computers to routers and other home networking gear.

While you are thinking about Cable Connectors keep one thing in mind. Unless you are a technician, if a cable is broken or not functioning, don’t try and fix it yourself.

If you cross up a wire you can cause irreparable damage to the device or devices that might be hooked together with that connection and that will be more expensive than just replacing the cable with a new one, I guarantee it beyond a shadow of a doubt.

If you find a Cable Connector that you don’t recognize, get someone else to identify it before you play with it, it might goof something up or even worse, it might injure you.

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Understanding a Steel Cable


Steel Cable

By Anne Ahira

There are different types of cables that have their own productive uses to help accomplish certain tasks. Ordinary cables are generally flexible and quite durable for them to be used for all sorts of occasions.

When there is a need for added durability and toughness, a steel cable could be used instead and depending on the type, the steel cable may be flexible as well just like any other cable or rope.

Also known as a wire rope, these steel cables have a long history and have evolved to be useful in many ways.

History of a Steel Cable

Steel cables had European beginnings way back in the 1600s, but they were put to use a few centuries later. Prehistoric techniques served as an inspiration to the way these steel cables are actually made.

Albert Ropes practiced on making these steel cables by hand, but had problems in the flexibility at first. The primary use during those times was to use them for hoisting to replace the unstable chains and deteriorable hemp ropes.

Through succeeding years, the construction of the steel cable changed and even patents were filed for certain techniques and strands used to make the steel cable. Steel remains as the primary material in making these cables replacing the previous material which was wrought iron.

Understanding the Current Specs of a Steel Cable

When browsing through steel cables in online retailers like, each item is usually listed as a title that indicates the material type and some numbers like 1×7 or 7×7. These numbers are important for the tasks that the steel cable can handle.

The first number is the number of strands used to compose the rope while the second number is the amount of wires that compose each strand. Every steel cable being sold also has a length and strength measured in pounds.

Buying Guide

Always look at both the screenshots of the steel cable and the specifications. If the cable will be used for a very critical task, be sure to ignore all steel cables being sold that have lacking specifications. Titles that try to squeeze in all the details are good links to click first.

See if the material type is listed along with the exterior finish to determine the overall quality. Then Look at the standard construction, breaking strength, and diameter to get an idea of how tough the cable is.

If the steel cable will be used for hoisting heavy objects, the breaking strength must be greater than the weight of the object that will be lifted. Galvanized steel is a good material as it is highly resistant to rust.

Amazon is a great place to get steel cables because the price is low and shipping costs are usually free.

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