If you are anything like me, you might have trouble understanding and figuring out all the cords your computer uses and needs. There are so many different specifications, names, and types to keep track of that only an expert can do that. So what is a regular consumer to do with all the IDE, SATA, USB Type A, Type B, and Type C? And then you have DisplayPort and Thunderbolt to add more complications!
If you are overwhelmed, read this and you might find some useful answers about different cord connector types we all use at our homes:
USB is one of the most universal connectors that are used by all your computer devices and accessories. The connectors change all the time, so this is why we have different varieties of the USB outlets:
The very first one was able to transmit data at 1.5MB/s, while the latest works at 5GB/s, so the progress is clear. There are also different shapes of USB outlets and each support various connectors – Type A and B work for mostly older outlets, while Type C is for newer outlets, starting at USB 3.1. Mini and Micro types support USB 2.0 and are mostly used for smaller devices, like phones.
This is where we would like to talk more in detail about micro USBs. USB-C cords are beginning to replace the micro, but it is still used very widely for budget phones, tablets, and Bluetooth speakers and headphones. We love how their prices are becoming very affordable while quality is still going up.
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HDMI or High Definition Multimedia Interface
This cord connector is used to send digital video and audio signals at the same time. They come in five types:
It works just like HDMI and is used mainly to connect various devices to monitors. This is what kinds of DisplayPort you can get, ranging from 810MB/s to 4,050 MB/s speeds:
All of those types are compatible with HDMI and USB adapters.
These cords are used to connect external devices to computers. Apple uses them for devices since 2011. There are 1, 2, and 3 types of those connectors.
VGA (Video Graphics Array)
This connector was created in 1980 and is analog video signal cord, so naturally, it is not used very often since everything is digital these days. The connector has 15 pins that are positioned in three rows.
DVI (Digital Video Interface)
This connector was designed to replace the VGA and comes in three types – DVI-A, DVI-D, and DVI-I. The first and the last are compatible with analog signal, while the second one transmits digital signals only. It has also seen the decline and was replaced with more modern connectors.
IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics)
They were used to connect storage devices to motherboards and look like a wide ribbons with two plugs on each end.
SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment)
This is the next generation after IDE. It has higher speeds. It has two connectors with 7 pins on each.
eSATA (External SATA)
This cord is an improvement of SATA and allows external devices to be connected, but its popularity was short lived thanks to USB outletss and their high speeds.
Ethernet cords are used for home internet setup and connect routers to modems and computers. They look unique and can be found in every home with internet. Ethernet cords come in a few different varieties:
Those four types are used for homes, but there are even faster Ethernets.