Patch Cable Definition

A patch cable, also called a patch cord, is a section of cable that is used to connect an individual computer, printer or other device to a network.

The cables are typically made from Cat 5 cable, the most commonly used type of network cable. They are terminated on each end with an RJ-45 connector, the standard network connector.

Crossover cables are similar to patch cables except that they have a different wiring arrangement that allows them to connect hubs and switches.

Created October 5, 2005.
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