Marine Navigation & Instruments - Network Cables & Modules

Network cables and modules are essential components for establishing a reliable network connection between your marine electronics. Our selection of network cables and modules includes Ethernet cables, connectors, and switches, ensuring seamless integration and communication between your devices. With our network cables and modules, you can create a robust network infrastructure on your boat.

Network Cables & Modules - Frequently Asked Questions

Want to learn more about Network Cables & Modules? Angler’s World offers our extensive Network Cables & Modules FAQ below. You’ll find answers to the most commonly asked questions for novice boaters and seasoned anglers alike, ensuring you always have the best experience on the water.

What Are Network Cables & Modules?

Network cables, also known as Ethernet cables or LAN cables, are used to connect devices within a computer network. They transmit data between devices such as computers, routers, switches, and network modules. Network modules are hardware components that extend the capabilities of a network by adding specific functionalities.

What Types of Network Cables Are Available?

There are several types of network cables, including:

Cat5e Ethernet Cable

Cat6 Ethernet Cable

Cat6a Ethernet Cable

Cat7 Ethernet Cable

Fiber Optic Cable

Each type has different speed and performance capabilities. Cat6 and Cat6a cables are commonly used for gigabit and 10-gigabit networks, while Cat5e is suitable for standard Ethernet connections.

What Are Network Modules Used For?

Network modules are used to enhance the functionality of a network by providing specific features. Some common network modules include:

Switching Modules

Routing Modules

Wireless Modules

Security Modules

These modules can be added to network devices to expand their capabilities and adapt to different Networking needs.

Do I Need Specific Cables for Different Network Modules?

The type of cable you need depends on the network module and the devices you're connecting. For example, if you're using a Gigabit Ethernet module, you would typically use Cat5e, Cat6, or higher Ethernet cables. Fiber optic cables are used for modules that require high-speed data transmission over longer distances.

What's the Difference Between Ethernet and LAN Cables?

Ethernet cables and LAN cables are often used interchangeably. Both terms refer to the same type of cable used to connect devices within a local area network (LAN). Ethernet is the general term, while LAN (Local Area Network) refers to the network itself.

Can I Use Network Cables for Outdoor Installations?

While some network cables are designed for outdoor use, it's important to choose the right type of cable based on the environment. Outdoor-rated Ethernet cables are constructed with materials that withstand exposure to sunlight, moisture, and temperature changes. Using indoor cables outdoors can lead to degradation of signal quality and durability.

Are There Different Connector Types for Network Cables?

Yes, network cables come with different connector types, including:

RJ-45 Connector (used in Ethernet cables)

SC Connector (used in fiber optic cables)

LC Connector (used in fiber optic cables)

The connector type should match the port on your devices and network modules to ensure a proper connection.

Can I Mix Different Types of Network Cables?

It's generally recommended to use the same type of network cable throughout your network for consistent performance. Mixing different types of cables can result in varying data speeds and performance issues. However, some networking devices support auto-negotiation, which allows them to adjust to the capabilities of the connected cable.

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