Patch, Cord and Ethernet cables fall into many categories. They all serve the purpose of linking up computing devices to construct a network. They are important components of any internet-bound system as data is transmitted over these precious but apparently very minor looking entities. A cable streamlines the process of communication. Stronger connections between peers largely depend upon the type and quality of the cable. We will be discussing some of the salient features of three types of cables to ease out the task of the digital user and that of network developers.
Solid Cables (CCA):
The term CCA stands for Copper Clad Aluminum cable. As the name indicates, Solid cables are composed of two primary metals that are Copper and Aluminum. Copper forms an exterior sheath of insulation and supports the structure of the cable. Aluminum conducts electrical impulse and lies beneath the surface of Copper.
These cables have the following advantages over its competitors:
Lighter in weight:
Copper Clad Aluminum cables are lighter in weight in comparison to other series of interconnecting devices. This is a huge plus and bonus because they are easy to handle and can be transported over long distances with ease. Additionally, they won’t create much of a hassle during the process of construction of a network.
Sometimes the owners of the network are too conservative in dealing with monetary issues of an organization. As network cables are considered lesser in value and essence in comparison to other computing apparatus, the owner naturally desists from spending much on cables. They became an optimum choice in such cases because it is less expensive in comparison to most of the other series of interconnecting devices. Cat5e, Cat6 Solid cables do transmit data and electrical signals in a network but there are some of the negative aspects which must be considered before opting for them.
They can heat up easily once they are spread out over longer distances. They can handle the pressure up to a certain length, which in most cases is around 100 meters, but will give eventually during longer journeys. So there is every chance of data loss.
They are vulnerable to damage once they are bent or twisted beyond certain limits. This exerts an extra amount of pressure on the user as he has to be over-conscious when handling CCA cable.
Bare Copper wires use pure copper to transmit data. Solid Copper wires consist of a single strand of Copper to conduct data. Stranded Copper wire more than one strands of Copper which can be twisted depending upon the needs and requirements of the network.
Solid Copper wires have advantages which makes them a useful choice in constructing a network:
Copper wire is highly ductile which means it won’t deform under stress or application of force.
Copper is a very good conductor and won’t easily heat up or degenerate. The chances of data losses are minimal with its use.
One of the most important disadvantages associated with the use of Copper wires is that it will corrode over a certain period of time. Copper is chemically active and reacts with atmospheric oxygen to form an oxide of iron which streamlines the process of rusting.
Solid COPPER UL Listed Cable:
UL is a certification which approves a device for most convenient use. Underwriter Laboratories (UL) have listed down certain standards (parameters) to analyze the quality and productivity of a device.
UL certified Bare Copper Cables are ductile, tensile, electrically charged up, more explicit, sustainable, cost-effective, affirmative and supportive to accommodate multidimensional and massively built organizations and networks.