Questions tagged [cable]

In electronics, a cable is 1 or more wires (fibers) bound together and running parallel to each other such that larger amounts of data/current can be transmitted at faster speeds than would be accomplished with a lower amount of wires. A cable can refer to an audio, visual, data, electrical or any other numerous types of cables.

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How can I tell whether my USB C cable is a USB 3.1 cable, a passive Thunderbolt 3 cable, or an active Thunderbolt 3 cable?

I have two Thunderbolt 3 devices that each came with their own Thunderbolt 3 cable, plus another USB-C cable that I'm not sure what its capabilities are. Is there any way I can determine whether the ...
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Are laptop LCD cables interchangeable?

I do a fair amount of laptop repair for my job. One of our most common issues is people coming in with broken screens; in such cases, it can be hard to figure out if the cable is broken or the screen ...
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Ever have bad voltage on an ethernet jack on a router/switch?

So I've got a bit of an odd problem I'm trying to solve. I have an ASUS RT-N66U router which has a desktop, xbox, and my brand new NAS directly wired into it. Whenever I hook the brand new NAS up ...
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Trying to identify this cable name. Hard drive cable

Trying to identify this cable connector name. Specifically, the part that is circled. I know what the whole cable is called, but I am trying to buy some circuit board and I want to search "Circuit ...
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Computer does not display output to the screen

I am writing this post with connection to the new computer which I had bought recently. When I have plugged everything and turned on computer, then it is looks like running (light + DVD ROM are ...
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Linksys E3000 slow local speed on 1Gb/s Cat5e cable

Here is the hardware I am using: Linksys E3000 router with Firmware version 1.0.04 Computer A with Windows OS 7 installed which is connected to router with 1Gb/s Cat5e cable. Computer B with Windows ...
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Home Network: Cat6a Shielded (U/FTP) Cable, Shielded Patch Panel, Shielded Keystone Jacks - How to Ground?

Background I am currently setting up the network in my new apartment and due to reading a couple of misleading articles, I ended up buying cat6a shielded cable (U/FTP) instead of unshielded because I ...
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Is there any difference between a Cat 5e and a Cat 6 RJ45 plug?

I described this issue here Cat 6 cable failure where I found that my Cat 6 buriable, waterproof cable (over 200' long) had been severed by a rodent. Cat6 connectors worked for data transfer but Cat ...
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Network congestion and expansion

The following picture describes the network setup of an institution: So one side of the building, closest to the server and main switch, has 6 classrooms, each one with 25 computers that connect to a ...
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USB 3.1 in active Thunderbolt 3 cables

In the search for the "one USB Type C cable for everything", it looks like we are not quite there just yet. I'm looking for a Type C cable that can do Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2, and 5A power ...
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How can heat affect stored cables?

I am considering moving my copious cables out into my shed. I live in a hot climate though (up to 46°C/113°F in summer). The shed is completely uninsulated, so it gets a lot hotter when in direct sun. ...
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USB Type B: Why male vs. female differentiation is not enough?

This manufacturer website is very definite: The two types of plugs have the same number of pins, and are electrically identical. They are only different mechanically. This was an intentional ...
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Is it possible to connect disk via regular eSATA cable to eSATA powered port?

I have external hard drive that is powered from AC adapter and a regular SATA to eSATA cable (SATA goes to disk, eSATA to computer). Is it possible to connect it to powered eSATA port (with regular ...
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First computer build. Will not power on when connect CPU power cable

My 11 year old son and I have been building his first computer after he received most of the components for Christmas. We have a MPGX570 Gaming Plus Motherboard (MSI) with AMD processor. When we try ...
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100mbps with some cables/connections, 1000mbps with others

I encounter that I can reach 1000mbps with some combinations of RJ45 outlets and cables, and only 100mbps with other combinations. I can reach 1000mbps with all cables (when combined with a given ...
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Cat 5 Terminal Wiring

I bought a house where most of the rooms (including my office) have been wired in with cat5 cable and they all run to the terminal block seen in the attached pics which is in the basement. Yesterday I ...
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What are the effects of different wire lengths on a single Ethernet cable?

Typically the wire lengths inside an Ethernet cable are all relatively equal. I know there must be some slight variance between the length of the individual wires inside cable due to some twisting ...
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How does the retaining mechanism work on USB-C, and what will wear out?

I’ve looked for a good crossection of the mechanical elelements of a usb-c connector, and I can’t find a good one. I’m curious how the retaining mechanism (the thing that makes it “click” in to place) ...
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SATA power connection on motherboard seems to be a 6-pin male. What kind of connector is this?

I have an HP PC that is missing the power cable for the HDD. It seems that the SATA power port on the motherboard is a straight 6 pin male connection as shown below: What is the name of the connector/...
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What's the difference between these SATA cables?

I recently bought a new power supply and there were two slightly different SATA cables. Here's a picture: In the picture on the left, all 4 connectors are identical, but in the picture on the right, ...
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Possible to get 100Hz with HDMI to DP adapter?

I have this laptop from Lenovo: https://www.lenovo.com/lt/lt/laptops/legion-laptops/legion-y-series/Legion-Y520/p/88GMY500808 And bought this monitor from Acer: https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/...
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USB-C to HDMI cable length restrictions

I'm curious how USB-C to HDMI cables lengths restrictions work? I know USB-C has a reliability restriction of 13ft and HDMI can run up to 50ft. However, if you have a USB-C to HDMI passive cable, what ...
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Home network cabling (F/FTP, U/UTP, U/FTP)

I am doing some re-wiring at home and I am buying new patch cables. Here they are: http://www.justslim.eu/index.php/slimlight/slimlightutp You can get these in either U/UTP, U/FTP or F/FTP and I ...
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How are the three channels of an ISDN line seperated from each other? And how does that differ from the way channesl are divided in a DSL line?

My thinking is (pls correct me if I'm wrong)an ISDN line has two B channels for data transferring and a D channel for signaling; channels of a DSL line are separated by frequencies of the ...
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HDMI cable compatibility?

I have a PC connected to a screen with an HDMI cable. The screen works (with a different HDMI cable) and the cable works (with a different screen) Is there any interesting compatibility issues that ...
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How to test if a USB A cable is an active or passive cable?

From my understanding active USB type A cables boost the signal they receive with electronics inside of them. Without taking them apart, is there a reliable way to test if a given USB type A ...
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Win 10 PC ethernet cable stuck in “unplugged” and “identifying” loop

I have a PC that has problems connecting to the internet via cable. The ethernet adapter is stuck in a loop of "cable unplugged" "identifying" "unknown network" and back to "cable unplugged". After ...
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How to properly terminate a Cat6 cable?

I've been trying to terminate my home network Ethernet cables according to spec. I've been having many problems: Wires don't reach the end of the connector. Wires will bend inside the connector. ...
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Name of Power Cord Attachment Piece

I recently purchased an Acer laptop and the power cord uses a piece that is different than a Velcro strap to wrap the cord up. I can't figure out what the name of this piece is. I've included an image ...
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Can I use an inactive USB 3.0 extender in series with an active one?

I was setting up an order on Amazon to purchase all the necessary (and some unnecessary) components for room scale VR, and I ran into a problem: The Oculus cameras are not wireless. So I threw a pile ...
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Cat5e - No link after keystone install

I have a cat5e cable ran, from my router on my second floor, through the wall up into my finished attic. I initially had it terminated on both ends with RJ45 plugs, and my gaming console connected to ...
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enquiry about cable adapter charger

I just bought an laptop acer travelmate it come with an original charger but his plug cable has three pins (like in pic above) a guess it's a italian plug. I am wondering if can i use my current ...
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Alternatives to the V35 interface

I am trying to find an alternative for the legacy cables I am using. I currently have a Cisco router connected to a DL 600 E (Multiplexer). On the Cisco router there is a serial port. On the ...
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Will gravity affect cables cables hanging from my computer?

My laptop is raised on on a box, and the USB, power and HDMI cables stick out horizontally and then fall to the desk. The USB cables in particular do seem to be coming out of the socket at an angle. ...
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What wires can I use to make an extension of LCD?

I want to put main part of laptop into a drawer, and put display on a desk. Like this. So I need to make wire extension of laptop's LCD wire (extend length), which connects LCD display with ...
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Flickering laptop screen when hot - cause?

What could be the cause of a flickering screen every minute or so like the picture below? Flickering seems to get worse when hot (usually into an hour of gaming CPU 100C, GPU 85C max). Adjusting ...
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4k Monitor Cable for 3840 x 2160 Resolution at 60Hz

I just purchased a Dell 4K monitor (P2715Q) and I am looking for an appropriate cable to use with my MacBook Pro. I've read that certified DisplayPort cables are best to use with a 4K monitor like ...
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Does cable awg/amps matter for power adapter

I bought a longer cable for my surface pro 3 power adapter, the cable that goes from the outlet to the brick, and I noticed that the power adapter says it takes an input of 1A and the 22 awg cable ...
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Connecting two routers with device accessibility behind home cable modem

I have three routers; [the wireless modem gateway, a Linksys device which is in only switch mode and another Linksys router which is in bridge mode] I have this setup: [cable modem] -> switch -&...
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2 pair Ethernet connection not working, but 4 pair does

I'm having problems with my internet connection. I have 2-pair lan cable, it used to work before in my PC, but 4 days back it stopped working, it works in others PC. Now only 4 pair lan connection ...
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What could be the causes of DNS Client Event error in windows log?

Long story short(and most likely the cause). Recently had work done on my cable in front of my house, and they screwed it up several times. for about a week, looked like i could stop complaining to ...
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Touchpad response badly when connecting monitor

When I connect my laptop to a monitor through the HDMI connection, I have a hard time controlling the mouse using the touchpad. I'll try to explain as best as I can: The touchpad works perfectly ...
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Unknown monitor replacement cable

I am trying to repair a LG W2452V monitor that I had lying around. It seems I am missing the cable going from the main board to the headphone-jack/control buttons boards. The connectors look like the ...
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What 10m USB extension cable can I use for a USB display?

The Lenovo LT1421 is a 14 inch monitor that can be connected using a USB B mini to USB A cable. It is shipped with a 1.8 meter cable which is too short for my purpose. USB is limited to 5 meter, but ...
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Cable Modem connect to Netgear N300 Wireless Router and adsl Modem

I have a Netgear N 300 Wireless Router that is also a DSL Modem... I want to Go to a Cable Internet Provider. Can I plug the Cable Modem into the N 300 Router and continue to use it as a Wirless ...
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Samsung S23A750D 23" 120Hz get no signal

I have a few days ago received this monitor. Samsung S23A750D 23" 120Hz I am using it with a Gainward Nvidia GTX570 Phantom GPU via DisplayPort cabling. The trouble I am having is that the monitor ...
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No display after reconnecting monitor

I use one Dell U2311H monitor for the same computer both as the monitor on my desk and as a monitor placed in my shelf to watch videos on. For both setups the computer stands in the same place and to ...
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3.5 mm component video jack -> Ipod female connection?

At my gym the treadmills all have ipod male cables hanging out of them so that you can plug in a video ipod and play a video directly to the screen on the treadmill. I own a non apple MP4 player is ...
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inconsistent network throughput with particular switch/cable combination?

I have ethernet cabling throughout my home, using cat 6 ethernet cables underfloor to various points on the walls. In my office there are two points side by side, and I have connected a separate D-...
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Cat6a U/FTP in home network & Shielding

I am doing an extension in my house and it is the perfect time to set a home network. There are some posts on this issue here but I didn't find all the answers I was looking for. This is my (simple) ...