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.