What Is A LAN Cable Used For?

If you need to provide internet access to several different computers in your house but don’t want the hassle of running wire through walls and whatnot, a cable like this can connect all the computers without interfering with any other wiring you may have going on. Plus, LAN cables are usually cheaper than purchasing multiple wireless adapters for each computer. Then there’s also the fact that wired connections are generally faster than wireless ones (assuming you’re using one of the higher speeds available today).

A LAN Cable (AKA: Local Area Network Cable) is a type of network cable that can connect multiple computers to share resources. Typically it’s used to create a small LAN for a group of users in a tight-knit community, but people often use cables like this to set up their small network at home.

How Will You Connect The Computers With A Cable?

You will first need to plug your cable into both – either directly into their network ports or into a switch that’s connected to both ports. You should then be able to access the internet through any of the computers.

Advantages Of A LAN Cable

  1. LAN cables are easy enough for beginners to use, yet they can still deliver decent speeds to computers far away from each other (where wireless connections may fail). 
  2. They’re also much faster than connecting multiple computers via USB cable. 
  3. And if power outlets aren’t an issue, you can easily string many cables together without having them interfere with one another. 
  4. Plus, they provide the benefit of being extremely reliable – allowing users to share resources even during an electrical outage – despite only needing electricity every few hundred feet or so depending on how much wattage is used by the cable.

Disadvantages Of LAN Cable

  1. They’re not convenient to carry around or transport for most people and can be more expensive than buying wireless adapters for each computer you want to connect. 
  2. Plus, the cables themselves are cumbersome, making moving things around tricky. 
  3. And if power outlets aren’t an option, there is always the chance that they may interfere with another wiring in your home. 
  4. They can also decrease WiFi speeds due to the bandwidth being used up on cable connections (something you need to keep in mind if you plan on connecting many devices through a single port). But overall, these types of cables will usually provide enough speed and reliability to please all but the most demanding of users desiring lots of bandwidth.

Uses Of LAN Cable

  1. LAN cables are used to connect multiple computers so they can share resources. People will often purchase them at home, but sometimes they can be found in schools as well (though wireless connections usually offer more convenience here). 
  2. They’re fast and reliable, allowing users to share things like printers and the internet without worrying too much about interference. 
  3. Even though they’re not as quick as networking via USB cable, the speeds you’ll get from a LAN cable should be enough for most uses – even those requiring higher bandwidth (like streaming video and playing online games). 
  4. And if your only concern is sharing an internet connection with multiple devices (in a small area), this type of cable will probably do the trick. But don’t expect speeds anywhere near what is possible with a wired connection and WiFi.
  5. The best use for cables like these is to set up small networks for homes or tight-knit communities where the only alternative would be multiple wireless routers. 
  6. They’re also suitable for connecting many devices that don’t have WiFi capabilities yet still need access to your internet connection. Plus, they provide an excellent backup option in the event of an outage by allowing you to keep sharing resources even if the power goes out. 
  7. Lastly, LAN cables are great for people with wired security systems who want to link all their alarms together without getting tangled in wires on every corner of their house – not to mention more efficient than having motion sensors tripping more than one alarm; simultaneously! Naturally, this cable type will work well with most other electronic equipment types that don’t have wireless capabilities.


Although named after the most common usage, LAN cables are not limited to their original function alone! They make great alternatives to buying wireless adapters for each computer you want to connect, and with many homes now having multiple laptops, tablets, smartphones, smart TVs, consoles, etc., it’s often both cheaper and more convenient (not to mention neater) than dealing with a bunch of messy wires running throughout your house. 

But suppose you plan to use this type of cable to create a small network for your home or community. In that case, we highly recommend getting one explicitly designed for ethernet connections (the kind where there’s usually only one port included). This way, you don’t have to worry about sharing bandwidth or other issues that may arise when using regular cables for things they’re not designed for. 

Plus, many of these will also come with their Ethernet switch (also known as a hub), allowing you to connect even more devices than one cable typically could by itself! We’ve gone through the process ourselves and found this type of cable to work very well in our own home, so we recommend giving it a try if you want something reliable to connect multiple computers without extra wiring.

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