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Difference between an ethernet cable and a patch cable?

submitted on December 28, 2010 by midget in "Member's Lounge"
We need a new cable to connect us from the puter to the router.

I was looking at the cable we currently have an it says patch cable on it.

But lots of people sell ethernet cables for cheap.

For instance this one:

http://www.everydaysource.com/.....lue/80018/

But is this what I want/need? Is the ethernet cable the same thing as a patch cable?

Do I really need a patch cable or is ethernet cable the same thing with a different name?

Also is $6 for a 50 ft. cable a good price for this or should I be holding out for something better?

Advise please.
        

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    CouponNut
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    Posted by CouponNut on December 28, 2010
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    A patch cable is just a short ethernet cable. Be sure to look for CAT5/CAT5e/RJ45. They are pretty cheap depending on where you buy. Mr Green
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    • midget
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      Posted by midget on December 28, 2010
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      You say that a patch cable is a short ethernet cable but the cable I have that says that is 50 foot. That's not short. lol

      I remember paying about $30 for this cable about 4-5 years ago so if this cable that i linked to is the same thing for only $6 I'm getting a really good deal, I think.

      Coupon Nut, did you look at the link I put? Is this what I need to connect us to the net from the router?

      I dont want to purchase something and then find out I made a boo-boo.

      I'll put the cable up as a deal and maybe more people will see it and let me know if this is a good deal.
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    • CouponNut
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      Posted by CouponNut on December 28, 2010
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      This is what we use to connect our cable modem to the router, and its the same ethernet cable we use for all our computers, only longer. The reason I know its the same because when the router is down, we can connect using the same cable directly to our laptop to troubleshoot router problems. The cable color is not important, we have blue & gray. Hope this helps you.
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    • midget
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      Posted by midget on December 28, 2010
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      Thanks for your help coupon nut. I know the color doesn't matter. we have black, yellow and blue cables. Big Grin
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    psplove
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    Posted by psplove on December 28, 2010
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    Blue 50-foot CAT5e Ethernet Cable only $6.33 + Shipping!
    http://www.overstock.com/Elect....._iid=40420
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    • midget
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      Posted by midget on December 28, 2010
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      The deal I mention in comments is cheaper than the one at overstock with free shipping.
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    • psplove
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      Posted by psplove on December 28, 2010
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      Where is the coupon? I don't see any coupon in comments, when I open the link is $10.99 with free shipping.
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    laaya
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    Posted by laaya on December 28, 2010
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    Ethernet Is a Protocol
    While eight-conductor Ethernet cables with RJ-45 plugs are extremely common (these are the cables that look like over-sized phone cords), Ethernet itself is a protocol standard that defines the way that bits of information travel over a particular medium. The two most common cabled versions of Ethernet are traditional copper cables and fiber-optic cables.
    Patch Cables
    Most standard copper Ethernet cables are referred to as patch cables. However, ordinary phone cords can be considered patch cables, as well as the RCA and HDMI cables that connect a home TV and stereo system together.
    Types

    Ethernet cables that serve different purposes are called by different names.
    Different Ethernet cables have different names, with "patch cables" being the most common. Some of the differences include the length of the cable as well as the purpose. For example, an Ethernet connection that is designed for speed and/or great distance can be referred to as a "backbone" or "long haul," even though it may use the exact same type of copper cable that a patch cable uses.

    Read more: What Is the Difference Between Ethernet & Patch Cables? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_6854.....z19Qp43HNb

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