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A data cable transmits information in the form of binary electrical communication signals between systems. This binary data consists of a sequence of electrical signals.

The type of cabling you need varies, dependent on the task at hand. USB and coaxial cables connect devices like cameras and printers whereas ethernet cables transfer information between computers in a network.

There are four main types of data cables;

Twisted pair – this data cable consists of two copper core wires which are twisted through the cable. One wire is a signal carrier and the other is a ground reference. The twists in the cable protect the communication signals from degradation.

Coaxial cable – These cables carry signals at a higher frequency than twisted pairs. Each consists of a central core conductor in an insulator and an outer conductor of metal foil that covers the core wire and protects the data communication signal. This type of cable is used for digital telephone networks and television communication data.

Optic fiber cable – This type of cable transmits data in the form of light via a light channel. Core and cladding are the two parts of the light channel. If you’re after fast internet connections this is the preferred data cable. The cord of optic fiber is very fragile and requires a unique plug and network cards to transmit their signals.

RJ45 Network cable – This is a type of connector commonly used for ethernet networking. Each connector has eight pins which means it contains eight separate wires. Four wires are solid colours and the other four are striped. RJ45 cables can be wired in two different ways,
T-568A and T-568B with T-568B being the most common.

Each of these cable types carries signals at different frequencies with each one having unique applications.

Inline Electronics offer a dedicated Data installation and Network supply service within metropolitan Melbourne and the surrounding areas. We install all types of data cabling, all types of home wiring networks, all types of Antennas, Theatre systems, and Office Fitouts.

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