In today’s connected world, it is essential that commercial operations have a robust and reliable network connection. From internal data transmission to external communications with the wider world, data and ethernet connectors are essential components for where computers, telephones and wired local area networks (LANs) are used.
With a huge selection of telecom, ethernet and data connectors available from Air Electro, you can be sure of locating the right components for the installation or upgrade of any industrial telephony or networking service. We stock components from all leading brands, such as Glenair, Positronic, Radiall, and Ulti-Mate.
What are Data and Ethernet Connectors?
Used for networking and telecommunications applications, data and ethernet connectors let you connect cables to modems, computers, and network hubs. Now common in many homes, offices, and other industrial settings, these internet and network cable connectors are critical lifelines in the transmission of data to and from different terminals and/or locations.
The main difference between a data, ethernet, and telecom connector is in the type of data they can relay. As such, data connectors come in various sizes appropriate to their intended use and the devices that need connecting. The vast choice available means that you will find it simple to source the components you require for a safe, secure, and dependable connection.
What are the Different Types of Data Connectors?
Our range of data connectors contains various options for connecting cables to hubs and devices. Some of these different types can be used for more than one application too. Here’s our guide to some of the most popular and commonly used data connectors:
Registered Jack (RJ) Connectors
RJ connectors are the most common form of telecoms connectors. Notable for a rectangular end, these connectors will clip into place when inserted into wall terminals, computer ports, or modem sockets. But not all RJ options are the same, so it is important to know which type you need.
RJ45 connectors, for example, are most often used as ethernet plugs or connectors. With them, you can create a wired internet connection as either cable-mounted male RJ45 ethernet plugs – or as female sockets mounted on panels or in devices such as modems. As many internet cables feature twisted-pair wiring, RJ45 connectors use in an 8P8C (8 position, 8 contact) configuration.
Other examples of RJ connectors include RJ11, RJ12 and RJ14. Often smaller in size, these are telecoms connectors used for system phones and telephone systems with more than one line.
Now that fiber-optic technology is enhancing data transfer and telecommunications in numerous industries, appropriate connectors are also an option. Standard RJ connectors will not work with fiber cables. As such, specialist fiber optic data connectors can be used to align the fiber cores – allowing light to pass freely and transmit data.
For use with single or multi-mode cables, these network cable connectors are categorized based on their application – including Standard (SC) and Local (LC) data connectors. Applications often include telephone exchanges due to the higher data transfer rates. Outside cabling and network infrastructure also make use of fiber connections between cables, hardware, towers, and relays.
Mini I/O Connectors
Mini I/O connectors are much smaller compared to standard RJ45 connectors. This makes them highly effective if you are using a PCB with limited space. In addition, these data connectors are easy to install. A feature of these connectors are the metal latches that prevent any unintended network disruption caused by vibration or pulling of wires.
Universal Serial Bus (USB) connectors are used for transfer data between computers – or from a computer to a peripheral such as printers, audio devices, or test equipment. USB data connectors are available with different mounting options – cable, panel, surface, and through-hole. There are also different types of USB connectors and sockets – the most common of which is USB Type A.
Data and Ethernet connectors: What are They Used For?
For any commercial or industrial setting that uses a wired network or telephony connection, data and ethernet connectors are essential. Such is the extent at which communication has evolved in modern times, these network cable connectors have applications across numerous industries and workspaces. These components are especially vital for the quick and regular transfer of data.
Offices, data centers, broadcast media, and internet service providers are examples of the sectors that are dependent on dependable data connections. From establishing connections with external sources to linking up internal devices or hubs via wired networks, data connectors allow for high-speed information sharing in applications as diverse as automotive production and military.