Technology is a wonderful thing, but it also offers its challenges. Cables seem to be one of them. Whether you need a replacement charger for your iPhone or an HDMI standard cable, knowing what to choose and why can be tricky.
There can be issues with cell phone cables, for example, which often break or are damaged through ordinary wear and tear. A common fire hazard, damaged and frayed phone charger cables are a legitimate risk, causing more than 53,600 home fires in 2008 and resulting in the deaths of 500, 1,400 injuries and more than $1.4 billion in damage to properties. Damaged chargers, then, really should be replaced.
Another, often bewildering cable, is the Ethernet cable. There are di
If you are a network engineer, cabling is a part of your life. A decent Cat 5 cable should last you between at least five and 10 years. Whether you are putting in a 75 ft ethernet cable or just running USB cables shorter distances, there are some basic things you need to remember when you are running cable.
- Measure and measure again. In carpentry, they have a saying, “Measure twice, cut once.” The same adage can be used in cabling. If you are not careful when you are measuring your cables, you can end up wasting a lot. If you need a 75 ft ethernet cable, for instance, you do not need a cable that is only 74 feet. You may think that a few feet of wa