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Difference between Ethernet cable, Internet cable and LAN cable

Author: Pascal Ojong
by Pascal Ojong
Posted: Jan 11, 2020

All devices whether electronic or mechanical use cables like telephones, TV or computers, etc.

We can’t live without electronic devices and thus they form an integral part of our lives.

When you visit a computer supplier he might suggest you Ethernet cable whereas visiting a TV supplier might recommend a cable connection.

As there are different cable types available you may get confused about the one you need to buy. Now, you may be a little confused about whether Internet cable and Ethernet Cable are the same.

The article will help you understand the difference between Ethernet and internet cable and also learn about LAN Cables briefly.

Ethernet Cable

Well, Ethernet cable is derived from "Ethernet" and is the main Ethernet cable type. The cable can be found in different grades out of which the common one is CAT5.Ethernet cable can be best explained as basic network cable which is used mostly for wired networks. These cables help to connect different devices like routers, switches, PCs within a specified LAN (local area network).

The length, as well as the durability of these cables, is limited. In case a network cable is quite lengthy or is not of good quality, then it will fail to conduct a strong network signal.

These limitations with the Ethernet cables are thus used to carry out tasks in particular conditions.

Internet Cable

When it comes to Internet cable it is considered as sturdy physical cables used for internet connectivity. The common type of internet cables are-· Fiber optic cables· Copper cable· Coaxial cable etc

Talking about fiber optic cable it has more than one optical fibers present in a casing which is insulated and sends out the signals through light.

It is suitable for long distances, telecommunications, and data networking (high performance) as it offers high bandwidth and is efficient to send out data at long distances.

Benefits of Fiber Optic Cables

  • Fiber optic cables offer high capacity.
  • As light travels faster the cable helps cover longer distances without losing the strength and signal boosters are hardly required.
  • The interference is less in the case of a fiber optic cable.

LAN Cable

LAN cable can be briefed as a data cable type that allows computer networking. The LAN cables are used to transmit data for shorter distances. It comprises coax & stuff ceased with BNC/Ethernet cables. Such LANs make use of wired connections to access/link the data.

Characteristics that let differentiate between different

Media feature

It means the physical connection of any device to a reliable network.

Network Topology

It means the location wise placement of different machines and the way the local area network attains a connection.

Two LAN cable types based on protocols


This LAN cable is quite easy to set up, but it cannot function under when the workload is heavy.

Every computer/nodes get the same share to operate these LAN cables. These cables allow faster data transfer as compared to the connections used in the telephone line. Also, there are certain limitations when it comes to how many computers these cables can support and also the area they can cover to transmit data. Thus, WAN came into the picture which is known as the wide-area network.


Also termed as two-tier LANs, they are made of strong computers known as networks that facilitate manage the printers, disk drives, and network traffic. They enable workstations, personal computers to run different applications.

You need to understand what each type of cable is meant for and how it can help in the device you are using. This will help you eliminate the confusion while buying any of these cables.

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