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Whats the difference between a patch cable and an ethernet cable?

its to conect new desk top pc to a bt home hub.

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  • mark
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Same thing.

    A 'patch' cable is generally shorter as it's used to make the small jump from the switch to the distribution board, or the floor socket to the PC.

    But, mechanically they are exactly the same...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade 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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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Any kind of short connecting cable can be a patch cable, it's just a broad term. An ethernet cable is an ethernet cable. Or an ethernet patch cable, if you like...

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  • 1 decade ago

    None really. In computer terms.

    Since Ethernet is so prevalent the terms are used interchangeably. If you were working in a TV studio, a patch cable might refer to a coax cable or other video or audio connection cable.

    Usually a patch cable refers to a shorter lenght used to connect equipment to a structured cabling termination point.

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  • hiland
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    What Is A Patch Cable

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  • Anonymous
    4 years 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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    4 years ago

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    same thing. different name. ethernet cables tend to be longer than patch cables. But they are the exact same thing. buy whatever one is longer.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Nothing, patch cables are usually shorter.

    Used in patch panels to connect switches/routers to network ports.

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