whats the difference between a patch cable and an Ethernet cable?

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  • Sam M
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    1 decade ago
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    There is no difference, they are commonly used to reference the same thing. The main thing you are looking for is a CAT5 or CAT6 (that's the standard set) cable to connect your computer or network device to another network device, hub or switch.

    what are your trying to connect?

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  • 4 years ago

    Technically, a 'patch cable' is not necessarily an ethernet cable. The term is used of a short piece of wire for patching a 'breadboard' in the days when we used to play with such. Often they were just single strand cables, of various lengths. But it came to be used of any cable connecting a device with an electrical socket. You can buy ethernet cables from Maplin or even £ shops these days.

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  • 1 decade ago

    patch cables are short ethernet cables (cat 5, 5e or 6 ranging 1-3ft length) used for connecting hardware together. for example a patch cable would be used to go from a rack mounted router to a multi-port rack mounted hub/switch. or from a cable modem to a router.

    ethernet cable would be longer than patch ethernet cable (cat 5, 5e or 6 ranging 3"+ in length) connecting from a connection device (hub, switch, router, voip controller) to a computer or end device (phone, computer, etc.).

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  • 1 decade ago

    While Ethernet cables are patch cables, not all patch cables are Ethernet cables. There are audio patch cables, video patch cables, and many others.

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