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Cables, connectors, and interfaces control the flow of information between various devices internally and externally within the personal computer.

Just like the human body has veins, arteries, and pathways to control the blood flow to other parts of the body, the computer has cables and connectors that complete these tasks inside the PC itself. These parts control the flow of information to different peripherals inside of the computer.

There are a wide variety of cables and connectors available for the PC platform and these pages will highlight the main types and functions of each type of connector and cable used in a PC.

Without a cable connecting your sound card to your computer speakers you won't hear sound; without a USB cable connecting your external hard drive to the computer, you won't be able to access that data; without a power cable connected from your computer monitor's power source to an electrical outlet in the wall, you won't be able to power on your monitor. Without cables and connectors, the personal computer is just a big piece of metal.

The only type of technology that does not require any kind of cabling, is the wireless network technology. As the term implies, wireless technology permits for the transmission of data through radio waves signals; cables are simply not required. A fairly ingenious concept but unfortunately wireless is still predominately used for networking technologies, but some other peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and computer based remote controls, have also caught on to the wireless trends.

 
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An Illustrated Guide To Audio Input Cables

Audio Connectors

Audio encompasses a large number of interfaces including digital and analog. These are used in a number of applications from home theater and portable use to the pro audio mixing boards that DJ's and other audio professionals use. One similarity that most audio connector types share is they are easy to connect. Manufacturers of consumer electronics prefer to use simple interfaces that average users can connect and disconnect without having to tighten thumbscrews, or release tabs or latches. This preference can prove challenging to manufacturers who must balance convenience with performance.

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Choose a CD-ROM audio cable that delivers a clean, noise-free sound. Made from first-rate audio-grade wire and top-quality connector systems,

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Go to illustrated section An Illustrated Guide To Internal PC Cables This document provides an illustrated overview of the most common types of internal PC cables complete with pictures and non technical explanations to help you understand how data flows from internal peripheral components.  
Go to illustrated section An Illustrated Guide To External PC Cables

This document provides an illustrated overview of the most common types of external PC cables complete with pictures and non technical explanations to help you understand how data flows from external peripheral components.  
Go to illustrated section An Illustrated Guide To Internal PC Connectors

This document provides an illustrated overview of the most common types of internal PC connectors to help you understand how the internal cables communicate with components inside the computer.  
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An Illustrated Guide To External PC Connectors

This document provides an illustrated overview and non technical explanations of the most common types of external connectors found on the outside of your computer.  
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