A patch cord is a cable with connectors on both ends used to connect electronic devices. In various industries, patch cords are employed to link instruments, amplifiers, production components, microphones, and other devices. In computer networking, a patch cord, often referred to as an Ethernet cable, is used to hard-wire computers to a router. When choosing a patch cord, users should ensure that the connectors and specifications match the intended application.
The difference between an Ethernet cable and a patch cable
“Ethernet” is a protocol defining how information bits travel over a specific medium. Cables like fiber optic, twisted pair, coaxial, and category cables fall under the Ethernet cable category. There are two common types of Ethernet cables: copper network cables and fiber optic cables. People commonly refer to category Ethernet cables such as Cat5, Cat5e, and Cat6 as Ethernet cables. So, while all patch cords are cables, not all Ethernet cables are necessarily referred to as patch cords. The term “Ethernet cable” is a broader category that encompasses various cables used for networking, while a “patch cable” typically refers to a specific type of cable with connectors on both ends.