Modern Cable Connectors

Submitted by reb on Mon, 03/21/2016 - 16:30

This page shall list the top 30 data cables used in todays modern homes. Uses, pros, cons. Some cables are 15 years old and still used in a new smart home.


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Video Cables

This article is a rough draft, not really ready for viewing.

Related pages on this website: Video Capture Guide. Micro HD Camcorders. 

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The UPPER part of this page is a simple guide to Audio/Video Cables, for setting up your home theater.
The LOWER part of this page is a simple guide to Computer Cables. 
This page is still in concept form as I gather data from Internet forums. 
This page will be written in SIMPLE English, for EVERYDAY people, with consistent lingo and no technical jargon.
This page will contain a photo showing the standard Audio/Video Cables, as well as standard Computer Cables.
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DVI is the big square PC Display cable, carrying no audio. HDMI is the smaller connector, which also carries audio. 

DVI and HDMI transfer video data in an identical manner, in a digital format. only difference is that HDMI also transfers audio through the same cable. Below is the heirachy in order of quality best to worst:
Video: DVI or HDMI are best. Component is 2nd best. S-Video is 3rd best. Composite via RCA connection is worst. 
Audio: Use optical ports 1st, coax digital second, analog last. 

monster cable converter/adapter allows DVI to be plugged into HDMI. DVI to HDMI cable does not carry audio so you will need to run an audio connection. but, monster Cables are way over priced and you can get just as good of results using slightly cheaper brands like Acoustic Research or Pheonix Gold.

Is there any difference between a DVI input and a DVI-HDTV input? No difference. The DVI input is capable of passing any digital signal including an HDTV signal.

Just curious is there a transmission distance limitation on DVI vs. HDMI? I had a salesperson tell me that DVI run have to be very short <10 feet and HDMI can be up to 100 feet, help? Although you can cross-connect DVI with HDMI, HDMI is a much better spec and true HDMI has a better interface in the components. As a result, HDMI cables can be longer. However, typically you want to have better quality cables for longer runs. For more info on HDMI look on

For the best results with your PC you will need a videocard that outputs DVI-D. Most video cards use DVI-I. Nvidia makes a few videocards with DVI-D. ATI uses DVI-I on most their stuff. After you get a DVI-D card, just run a DVI to HDMI cable.

DVI to Component adapter are not really much cheaper, and sometimes you will be limited to 720x480 resolution. 

I'd recommend downloading a program called "powerstrip". It is very flexible and will help with finding a good resolution to fit your TV.

I don't believe you can find an HDMI splitter BUT they do make HDMI selector boxes for $250. 

If your display is EDTV instead of HDTV, it will only display 480p signal, not 720p or 1080i which are the two HD standards. 

Typically speaking will DVI-D to HDMI give as good a quality as a standard VGA connection from the computer when viewing spreadsheets etc.? Essentially the digital connections will be identical. HDMI specs provide for greater bandwidth but this will not effect HD or any other viewing just yet. The other difference (as I'm sure you know) is that you will need to run your audio cables.

HDCP compliant: a form of copy protection. 

A TV can only run the resolution of the box or PC GraphicsCard hooked up to it. Weakest link. 

HDTVs for the most part only accept DVI-D. You will get nothing if you hook up a DVI-I videocard to a DVI-D input. 

To some degree, overscan is a fact of life with PC-TV connections, to a slight degree. The software Powerstrip helps reshape the resolution.

PC: Personal Computer:
720p or 1080i: 
Windows Media Center: 
Digital / Analogue: 
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Firewire: Firewire is overkill for simple devices. Used in many professional audio gadgets. 
USB1: Used for outdated/cheap/low-bandwidth gadgets. 
USB2: Most popular in 2009 for gadgets. Not fast enough for professional audio/video, or for using as a main hard drive. USB is about doing a wide assortment of things, not raw speed or the best transfer protocols or CPU usage. 
USB3: Expect in 2010. Faster than eSata. 
eSata: External Sata. Sata gadgets have a chip that does the processing, making each gadget more expensive. USB gadgets use the PC's processor, making your PC a bit slower. Sata is far faster than USB2, but Sata and eSata gadgets are rare and very expensive. eSata is nice for external hard drives. 
eSata: External Sata. In 2009, eSata is faster than firewire. 
VGA: Video Display, seen on old computer displays, as well as new displays, along with DVI
DVI: Video Display. 
HDMI: Video Display. 
Wifi: Wireless signal, mostly for Internet between Computers/Gadgets. 
Blutooth: Wireless signal, mostly for cellphones and headset

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