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What is Cable?

Alternatively referred to as a cord, connector or plug, a cable is one or more wires covered in a plastic covering that connects a computer to a power source or other device. The picture is an example of what the power cord may look like for your computer or monitor. The power cord is just one example of thousands of other cables found in and around computers.

There are two main types of computer cables, a data cable and a power cable. A data cable is a cable that provides communication between devices. For example, the data cable that connects your monitor to your computer. Other examples of data cables include the CAT5, IDE/EIDE, SATA, and USB cables. A power cable is any cable that powers the device. For example, the power cord that connects to your computer and a Molex style cable inside the computer are both good examples of power cables.


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Types of Cable:-

AT - Used with early keyboards

ATA - Used with hard drives and disc drives

CAT5 - Used with network cards

Coaxial - Used with TV and projectors

Composite (RCA) - Used with TV, projectors, and consoles

DisplayPort - Used with computer monitors

DVI - Used with monitors, projectors, and other displays

E-SATA - Used with external drives

Firewire (IEEE-1394) - Used with digital cameras and external drives

HDMI - Used with monitors, projectors, DVD/Blu-ray players, and other        displays

MIDI - Used with musical keyboards and other equipment

Mini plug - Used with headphones, microphones, speakers

Molex - Power cable used inside your computer

IDE/EIDE - Used with hard drives and disc drives

Parallel - Used with printers

PS/2 - Used with keyboards and mice

S-Video - Used with projectors, digital cameras, and other displays

S/PDIF - Used with DVD and surround sound

SATA - Used with hard drives and disc drives

SCSI - Used with hard drives, tape drives, and disc drives

Serial (RS-232) - Used with a mouse and Modem

Thunderbolt - Primarily used with Apple displays and devices

USB - Used with keyboard, mouse, printer, MP3 players, and thousands of other devices

VGA/SVGA - Used with monitors and projectors


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