Cables & Connections

Whether it be connecting you to the internet, allowing you to access multiple screens or transferring data from one device to the other, we have a wide range of cables and connections to suit your needs. The term 'cables' refers to the encased wires, whilst the connection type is determined by unique piece that resides at the end of the cables, designed to be inserted into a port.

What are cables and connections?

Cables and connections are designed to transfer sound, video and broadband connection to modern audio-visual equipment. Connectors vary and are manufactured for a range of functions, to fit differing ports.

When are cables and connections used?

Cables and connections are most often used for transferring data such as audio and visual data from one device to another. This can come in handy, particularly when presenting information to a large audience or with colleagues, bolstering productivity by allowing you to connect your laptop to multiple screens as well as being able to charge smaller devices from your laptop or PC. Cables and connections can also be used to get you online, carrying broadband directly to your chosen device.

Cable and connection types

There are 6 main types of cables and connectors that are most used in day-to-day life. The below breakdown serves to clarify when and where each type of connector is best used, to help you make the best purchasing decision for your specific application.

HDMI   -   Transfers high definition digital audio and video. Also available as Mini HDMI and Micro HDMI depending on the size of your port.

Network   -   Often referred to as Ethernet cables, these cables and connectors are designed to carry broadband signals from your modem or router to other devices such as laptops and computers.

DVI   -   Unlike other connectors, DVI connectors are capable of transporting both digital and analog signals. They also offer a sharper, more clearly defined final picture than VGA cables.

USB   -   Most commonly used to connect smaller digital devices to your computer or as a charger for smaller devices. The most frequently used type of USB cable possesses a USB-A connector, but other USB connectors include USB-B, USB-B Micro, USB-C and USB-B Micro Superspeed.

VGA   -   VGA cables and connectors are designed to connect to the graphics card in a motherboard, passing the analog signal to your desired external display device. Whilst these are slightly outdated when compared to other cables that offer both analog and digital output, VGA cables are still commonly used to connect laptops to screens.

AV   -   AV cables is the generic term for any cable that carries audio-visual signals from one device to another.

Considerations when choosing a cable and connection

Application - First and foremost you should consider what you need the cable for. Is it for connecting to the internet, transferring audio and visual data or for charging a device; the answers to these questions will help you identify the cable that you need.

Connection type - It's important that you select the right connector for your needs, as purchasing the incorrect type could mean that your desired outcome isn't achieved, and that the connector will not fit in your desired port.

Cable length - In order to effectively connect your chosen device, it's best practice to check how long you require the cable to be to avoid overstretching the cable and risking a poor connection, as well as compromising user safety.

Cables and connections jargon buster

We want to make it easy for you to choose the right product, so here are some key terms that will help you understand the range and applications of each connector and cable a little better.

What does HDMI mean?

HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface. This simply means that the cable is capable of transporting high definition digital audio and visual signal.

What does VGA mean?

This stands for Video Graphics Array. These cables transport analog signal only.

What does DVI mean?

DVI stands for Digital Visual Interface. These cables are capable of carrying both digital and analog video signals to external displays.

What does USB mean?

USB stands for Universal Serial Bus and refers to a standard USB connection used for smaller electronic devices to transfer data to and from a laptop, PC or charger port.

What does AV mean?

AV stands for Audio Visual and refers to any component, cable or connector that has the capacity to transport audio or visual data.

FAQs

Which cable connection is best?

There is no simple "best" cable or connector, as it entirely depends upon your desired application. However, when choosing your connector, it's best to bear in mind that more modern connectors such as HDMI allow for 4K video, and are also capable of transporting both digital and analog signals.

Can you connect two cable cords together?

Cables and connectors are not designed to be connected to each other, rather to connect one electrical device to the other. However, adapters can be purchased which can change the functionality or port to suit your cable end.