DataCableTech Glossary

DataCableTech Custom Cable and Network Definitions

Bulk Cable: A large amount of colored cabling wrapped around a spool, drum or different type of dispenser.

Custom Cable: Cabling assemblies that have colors, lengths, pinning and other special requirements based on unique specifications and applications.

DVI Cable: Acronym for Digital Visual Interface, an interface standard that converts analog signals to digital signals for both analog and digital monitors and projectors.

Fiber Optic Cable: Cabling comprised of ultra thin glass filaments that are less susceptible to interference and noise and can transfer data at the speed of light.

Firewire Cable: An IEEE 1394 interface (serial bus interface standard) by Apple Inc. designed for high-speed communications and real-time data exchange, commonly utilized by computers, digital audio and digital video, among other applications.

HDMI Cable: High-Definition Multimedia Interface that transmits uncompressed digital data.

KVM Switch: Abbreviation for Keyboard, Video or Visual Display Unit, Mouse device that lets users control many computers from one keyboard, video monitor and mouse.

OEM Replacement Cable: A substitute cable for one produced by the original manufacturer.

Patch Cord: An electrical or optical cable that connects one device to another for signal routing, such as a switch to a router, switch to a computer, etc.

Patch Panel: A rackmounted panel that holds cable connections, allowing for the expedited switching of signal paths.

Power Cord: A cable that connects an electrical device to an electrical power source either in an extension cord or wall socket.

RCA Cable: An electrical connector typically used in the audio/video industry to connect composite video signals, most commonly seen as three cords with yellow, red and White plugs at the end.

RGB Video Cable: A group of electronic cables with red, green and blue signals carried on three different cables/pins, typically used for computer monitors.

SCSI Cable: Acronym for Small Computer System Interface, cables are commonly ribbon cables with many 68 pin or 50 pin connectors, and are available as internal SCSI cables or external SCSI cables.

SVGA Video Cable: Acronym for Super Video Graphics Array, a 15-pin connector for laptops and computer monitors.

USB Adapters: A device that plugs into the computer through the USB port to provide older computer models with newer network capabilities, etc.

USB Cable: Universal Serial Bus standard to interface devices, such as connecting printers to computers.

USB Cards: Used with memory cards that allow the computer to read the memory device if the computer does not have a memory card reader.

USB Converter: Used to convert a cable so that it can be connected to two different devices, such as a video game console to a computer.

USB Hubs: Device that connects to one USB port on the computer and allows multiple USB devices to be plugged into it, therefore, all plugging into the one computer.