Bulk Cable: Understanding Common Types

When it comes to cables, there are many different kinds. When it comes to bulk cable, you can find the right type available through many outlets. You can even buy cables online from several reputable retailers. It is important, however, that you are able to differentiate the major bulk cable types available for use.

Fiber Optic Cable

This type of bulk cable comes in a variety of lengths. Fiber optic cable is readily available but it is important you know the specification before you order it online or purchase it at a retailer. If you require some cable of this type for patching, it differs significantly from what you need for longer cable. You may require breakout style with its reinforced and individual Kevlar strength or distribution style. The latter features less fiber-count and decreased overall Kevlar strength but is substantially less thick.

Ethernet Cabling

Ethernet cable performs the purpose of supplying connectivity between workstations and the server room. This popular form of network cable connects a variety of devices including PCs, switches and routers. When it comes to obtaining the right Ethernet bulk cable, be sure to consider such factors as:

  • Jacket material
  • Flexibility
  • Shielding
  • Stranded or solid conductors

It is important to recognize the difference between stranded and solid conductors. If you want to avoid cracks and splits in the cord, opt for stranded cables. This makes them ideal for those who have to travel. On the other hand, solid Ethernet cables are considered to provide excellent performance. They are also perceived as being better able to protect against any form of electrical interference.

Other Kinds of Bulk Cable

There are many other kinds of bulk cables. These include the following:

  • USB – the best length for this type of bulk cable is short – usually a maximum of 10 ft. (3 m.)
  • Coaxial cable (or “coax”) – used in video applications. The most common types for this usage are RG59/U, RG6/U and RG11/U
  • Video Graphics Array or VGA is an older technology that carries an analog rather than a digital signal
  • Super video graphic array (SVGA) SVGA or ultra VGA, also carries an analog signal but offers a higher resolution than that provided by VGA cable

Your device and specific requirements will dictate the nature and type of the bulk cable you use. Be sure you understand the specifics before you buy cables online or in a retail outlet.


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