A patch cord, also known as a patch cable, is a length of cable with a connector on each end. It’s used to connect an end device to another object, such as a power source.
Here are some of the most common ways a patch cord is used:
- To connect a computer to a wall outlet
- To connect two electronic devices to one another, such as a computer and piece of hardware
- To carry video, audio, or telephone signals between devices
What Does a Patch Cord Look Like?
Even if you’re not familiar with patch cords, there’s a good chance you’ve come across these in the past.
Generally, a patch cord is made of coaxial cabling. However, it could also consist of single conductor wires, unshielded or shielded CAT5/5e/6/6A, or fiber optic wires.
Here are some features of patch cords:
- Patch cords are available in almost every color imaginable
- Patch cords are typically shorter than other types of networking cables, as they’re meant for patching together devices
- Patch cords range in size from a few inches to a couple of feet
- Longer patch cords are typically thicker than shorter ones
- Patch cords have connectors on both ends that are compatible with a variety of devices
Shop Our Patch Cords and Assemblies
At CableLAN, we stock a full range of patch cords and assemblies. Regardless of your need, we have a patch cable to get the job done.
In addition to our selection, our patch cords use only the best components, ensuring top of the line performance.
We currently offer patch cords from major manufacturers such as ICC, Molex, Hubbell, Panduit, Shaxon, NetSource, Quiktron, and SIGNAMAX.
No matter what type of patch cord you need, we’re here to help. Contact a member of our sales team for more information.