Types of Cables

Types of Cables

Various types of Cables are used everywhere for various applications. Not all cables perform the same application. The function of a cable depends upon the type of cable. The electrical cables are made of aluminum or copper wires protected by an insulating coating which can be made of synthetic polymers.

Cables are classified into 5 types depending upon their purpose:

  • Ribbon Electric Cables: It consists of multiple insulated wires running parallel with one another and are used for transmission of multiple data simultaneously. For example, this is used to connect the CPU with the motherboard and are generally used for interconnection of networking devices.
  • Shielded Cables: It consists of 1 or 2 insulated wires which are covered by woven braided shield or aluminum Mylar foil for better signal transmission and removing irregularities in the frequency of power and external interference in radio. These cables transmit high voltage electric current and are protected by a shield.
  • Twisted Pair Cables: It has two or more insulated copper wires which are twisted with each other and are color coded. This type of wires are usually used in telephone cables and the resistance to external interference can be measured by the number of wires.
  • Coaxial Cables: This consists of solid copper or steel conductor plated with copper which is enclosed in the metallic braid and metallic tape. This is entirely covered with an insulated protective outer jacket. These type of cables is used for computer networking and audio-video networking.
  • Fibre Optics Cable: There are these types of cable which transports optical data signals from an attached light source to the receiving device. We are pretty much aware of what is optical fibre and its uses in wide variety of applications.

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