Coaxial Cable

There are many types of cords and cables that can run behind a person’s television. If you are a technology junkie then chances are you have multiple cables running from one piece of equipment to another in your home. Even if you do not have a lot of electronics you may have cable television or satellite service and therefore have some sort of cable coming in from outside and connected directly to your TV.

The cables that are used by cable and satellite technicians are called coaxial cables. These are the most popular cables used to deliver the cable into your home. The coaxial cable was invented many years ago, around the year 1929, and has since been used to as a main staple in the technology field. Not only does the coaxial cable deliver cable television but in the last few years the coaxial cable has also been used during high speed internet installations. These cords are very reliable in transmitting the proper signal since they are made to be very sturdy.

The design of the coaxial cable includes a channel located in the middle which carries the signal. This channels is surrounded by insulation and then by another channel that acts as the concentric physical channel. They both run side by side through the cord. With the electric channel running through the center of the cable and the outer channel acting as a ground running in the same direction, the term “coaxial” comes into play. All of this is covered by a flexible material that protects the inner channels to keep them protected while they perform their task of delivering signals from one destination to another.

Coaxial cables can be made of different materials. The inner channel is most commonly made of copper but it may also be made of silver plated material or even copper plated iron. This channel can also be made as a solid material or as a stranded material. The stranded versions of this channel are a little more flexible which allows the cord to be used in different situations without the worry of being damaged. The outer channel of the cord that is used as the ground layer may also be made from different materials and the insulation, between the two layers, can vary as well. The insulation may be made of a plastic or a foam material. Another alternative to plastic is the use of spacers and air to protect the inner channel.

Most of the time, the coaxial cable is provided with any cable, satellite or high speed internet installation. If for any reason your coaxial cable becomes damaged you should always contact your provider in order to get a replacement. The coaxial cables run from inside your home, often through the basement, crawlspace, wall or attic before they are then connected outdoors to a box or satellite. Trying to replace this cable could be very challenging. However if you are in need of a new coaxial cable for another reason you can find them at pretty much any store that sells electronic equipment or through an online supplier. Coaxial cables come in a variety of lengths so finding one that meets your needs should not be difficult. As mentioned above, coaxial cables also come in a variety of inner materials and therefore prices may vary depending on how sturdy or flexible the cord is. If you are unsure which cord to purchase you may want to talk with someone that is used to dealing with coaxial cables. They may know which type is more reliable and which has the best reputation for delivering a consistent signal without becoming worn out or damaged easily.

This Coaxial Cable Review is Written/Updated on Feb 19th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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