Are you using the best cable for the job? You may have heard terms like RG59, RG6, RG11, and Slim RG59 but you didn't know what they meant. There is actually a real difference between these categories of cables and in this series, we'll explain everything there is about choosing a cable.
What is a coaxial cable?
Everyone knows what a coaxial cable is, right? It's that fat wire that goes into your cable box, satellite receiver, or into your TV from an antenna. It looks different from an audio cable or headphone cable largely because of its heft.
There's a little more to a coaxial cable than that. A coaxial cable carries its voltage on the inside "core" wire, and is surrounded by layers of shielding that stop any signal leakage. The first layer, the dielectric, provides distance between the core and the outer layers, as well as some insulation. The next layers, collectively called the shield, keep electrical impulses and radio transmissions out and keep any stray impulses in. Finally, a jacket made of flexible plastic or rubber protects the entire cable. Keeping the entire cable the same size, and keeping out stray signals, are important.
Another important characteristic is that in a coaxial cable, unlike a headphone or audio cable, the core is used as part of the connector. So, it makes a direct connection. This helps keep the signal as strong as possible.
Coaxial cable is perfect for broadcast television and satellite signals, which carry a huge amount of information and are very sensitive to outside interference. A satellite signal cable must carry signals from 2MHz to 3, 000MHz. Compare that with an audio cable which just needs to carry signals up to 2 MHz. That's a massive amount of information.
Generally, coax cables will be referred to by a code such as RG6/U. RG is a very old specification that some people believe refers to the "Radio Guide, " a military guidebook. It also could be a military specification from World War II for cable designated for radio and telegraph use. Any cable marked "/U" is designed for universal use, as opposed to those cables specifically used for computer data or other specified uses. If your cable is not marked "/U" that's ok as well.
Let's start with a quick word about RG11 cable. You're not likely to run into RG11 cable unless you're digging around in the yard. It's designed for long runs and not for in-home use. It looks like all other coax but it's about twice as thick.
This is Quad Shielded RG6 cable. We'll talk about different types of shields in a later article.
RG6 cable is the perfect choice for cable and satellite. It is thin enough that it can be coiled or bend enough to go into a wall or ceiling, but carries enough shielding that it can be used for runs up to 100 meters in the house under the right circumstances. This is largely due to the thickness of the dielectric, 4.7mm and the use of a double layer of shielding.university of new mexico where is duke university purdue university global athens state university american university acceptance rate northern kentucky university indiana university basketball dordt university rutgers university new brunswick university hospital letourneau university faulkner university buffalo university preferred property management shippensburg university trevecca nazarene university trinity washington university university of nebraska-lincoln university of utah hospital bentley university devry university ohio university football north dakota state university cumberland university grambling state university monsters university characters forham university rochester university lewis university willamette university university of central arkansas seoul national university university of michigan acceptance rate grand canyon university lexington management chapman university arizona university university of oregon drake university west coast university portal william paterson university university of montana pepperdine university california state university finlandia university ross university school of medicine ross university school of medicine university of florida fort hays state university franklin university waters management columbus state university northwest missouri state university eastern university loma linda university ross university school of medicine clarke university harvard university acceptance rate university of dayton money management apps university of louisiana lafayette washington university in st louis jordan 1 university blue university of new hampshire lesley university niagara university eastern michigan university st. john's university management of native encryption seattle pacific university university of ashford university of west florida colorado technical university berlin university of technology king university southern connecticut state university university of central oklahoma university of georgia harvard university nc state university new mexico state university west coast university university of utah brand management alabama state university indiana wesleyan university salisbury university christopher newport university eastern washington university university of mary washington faulkner university north central university bucknell university stanford university acceptance rate plymouth state university
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