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Cable Guide: Which cable do I need?

Cable Type Front View Top View Port

USB-A (also known as USB2.0, USB 3.0)

USB-A Cable Front USB-A cable side USB-A Port

micro-USB

micro-USB Cable end front microUSB cable side view microUSB port

USB Type-C

Same shape as Thunderbolt 3

USB-C front view USB-C side view USB-C port image

DisplayPort

DisplayPort Cable front view DisplayPort cable end top view

DisplayPort port view

Mini DisplayPort

Same shape as Thunderbolt 1 or 2 (Thunderbolt has a lightning icon)

mini DisplayPort cable end front view mini DisplayPort cable end top view

HDMI

HDMI Cable front view HDMI Cable end top view

Image of HDMI port

DVI

DVI Cable End front DVI Cable end top view

DVI Port

VGA

VGA Cable Front View VGA Cable end Top View

VGA Port

Ethernet (also known as RJ45, Cat5/5e/6/6a/7/7a/8)

Ethernet Cable Front View Ethernet Cable side View  Ethernet Port

 

Choosing an Ethernet Cable

Things to consider:

  1. What is the speed of your internet connection?
  2. What is the speed you need for your network?
  3. What is the maximum speed your router can use?

Definitions:

  • Unshielded is more flexible, lower-quality signal, and higher vulnerability to crosstalk.
  • Shielded reduced noise and improves connection quality.
  • Foil Shielding help reduce noise and improve connection quality.

Category

Shielding

Maximum Transmission Speed

Maximum Bandwidth

Cat 5

Unshielded

1 Gbps

100 MHz

Cat 5e

Unshielded

1 Gbps

100 MHz

Cat 6

Shielded or Unshielded

1 Gbps

10Gbps (only for distances up to 55m)

250 MHz

Cat 6a

Shielded

10 Gbps

500 MHz

Cat 7

Shielded / Foil Shield

10 Gbps

600 MHz

Cat 7a

Shielded / Foil Shield

10 Gbps

1,000 MHz

Cat 8

Shielded / Foil Shield

40 Gbps

2,000 MHz

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