Cable is still thought of as something of a black art by some, with most cables being ordered by generic ‘type’ code on the understanding that they will work for a purpose. If you take a closer look, you can see the significant difference that details make and more so with time as different materials and techniques come into the mix.

We are going to look at different constructions and outline some technologies that directly impact budget and performance. The intention is that you will be able to ask the right questions and make a more informed choice when selecting the cables for systems in order to get best performance at target price.

For the sceptics who think that ’cable is cable is cable’ we will be illustrating some of the dramatic effects on performance that subtle changes can have.
These pages show that cables can and do directly impact the quality, performance, reliability and cost of your systems. By probing cable suppliers a little about certain aspects of products you may save money and achieve more from a system than you might otherwise have expected. Also, if you have an interconnection problem to solve, you may find that discussing it with a cable technician will yield a simple and elegant solution to realise your project.