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A data cable is a cable that provides communication between devices. For example, the data cable (i.e., DVI, HDMI, or VGA) that connects your monitor to your computer and allows your computer to display a picture on the monitor. Other popular examples of data cables include the CAT5, IDE/EIDE, SATA, and USB cables.
The USB connection is the most ubiquitous of all computer connector types in the world. Nearly every computer peripheral device—keyboards, mice, headsets, flash drives, wireless adapters, and such—can be connected to a computer through a USB port.
USB keeps evolving, which means there are multiple USB versions:
There are also several “shapes” for USB connections:
1. USB Type-A
USB Type A connectors, officially called Standard-A connectors, are flat and rectangular in shape. Type A is the "original" USB connector and is the most recognizable and commonly used connector. USB Type-A connectors are supported in every USBversion, including USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and USB 1.1.
2. USB Type B
USB Type B Connection. One of two standard USBconnectors, the USB Type B connector (technically known as a “Standard B” connector) is roughly square in appearance, with a squarish protrusion on top. ...
Type Bplugs are found on one end of most USB cables. Four-pin USB Type B connections are used for USB 1.1 andUSB 2.0.
3. USB Type-C
USB, formally known as USB TYPE-C, is a 24-pin USBconnector system, which is distinguished by its two-fold rotationally-symmetrical connector.
TheUSB TYPE-C Specification 1.0 was published by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) and was finalized in August 2014.
4. PS/2 Cable
The PS/2 port is a 6-pin mini-DIN connector used for connecting keyboards and mice to a PC compatible computer system. Its name comes from the IBM Personal System/2 series of personal computers, with which it was introduced in 1987. The PS/2 (Personal System/2) port, also referred to as the mouse portor keyboard port, was developed by IBM.
It is used to connect a computer mouse or keyboard to an IBM compatible computer. The PS/2 port is a mini DIN plug that contains six pins and is still sometimes found on all IBM compatible computers.
5. Ethernet Cable
An Ethernet cable is one of the most common forms of network cable used on wired networks. Ethernet cables connect devices within a local area networks, like PCs,routers, and switches. These physical cables are limited by the distance that they can stretch and still carry proper signals and by their durability. These limits are one reason there are different types of Ethernet cables optimized to perform certain tasks in particular situations.
A single Ethernet cable, like an electric power cord, features a maximum distance capacity, meaning the cable has an upper limit as to how long it runs before signal loss (called attenuation) adversely affects performance. This problem results from the cable's electrical transmission characteristics and is directly affected by interference around the cable.
6. VGA Cables
VGA stands for Video Graphics Array. A VGA cable is a device used to transfer video signals. It does this by acting as a link between the computer and the monitor or between the computer and the television screen Numerous types of Video Graphics Array cables are available in the market, be it the small or mini VGA port or the full size cables. Other names that are used to refer to such cables are the RGB connector, HD15, Mini 015, Mini D15, Mini sub D15, HDB-15, and DB15.
Examples of the male connectors available are HD15, DB13W3, 4BNC, 5BNC, and HD15/6-pin Mini-Din PSZUSB cables. These are commonly referred to as ‘connector one’. On the other hand, the ‘second connectors’ include HD15 male, HD15 female, 4BNC male, HD 15 female /6PIN Mini-Din PS2 male, HD 15 female/ USE B male, and the 5BNC female cables.
Some other types include the VGA adapter, VGAs splitter, the KVM, SVGA, VGA to BNC breakout cables, BNC to BNC breakout cables, VGA to RCA breakout cables, and sun DB13W3 cables.
7. HDMI cable
There are four different types of HDMI cables, not including those for automobiles. You’ve got Standard, Standard with ethernet, High Speed, and High Speed with ethernet.
Standard cables are rated for 720p and 1080i signals. They might be able to handle 1080p, but that’s not guaranteed. You’d definitely want a High Speed cable for 3D.
Any device needing an HDMI cable can use HDMI with Ethernet cable as it is fully backwards compatible. This cable feature allows your internet-ready entertainment devices, from gaming consoles to Blu-ray Disc players and more, to share an internet connection without any need for a separate Ethernet Cables.
The Monoprice Select is a High-Speed HDMI cable and is certified by HDMI, meaning that it meets the standards for all high-speed HDMI cables. It handles surround sound, 1080p resolution,Audio Return Channel, 4K, high definition audio and 3D, and it comes equipped with Ethernet.