Limitations of a Cable
Our world is run by cables. Cables connect our homes to internet and
TV services. Cables connect our TVs to our video and game equipment.
Cables connect the inner workings of these electronic devices. In
reality all of the circuits in those electronics are made up of tiny
So what can’t these cables do?
Well first off, a cable is only as good as the equipment it is
connecting between. Also, cables only carry the data from one device to
another. They do not perform any magical transformation of the signal
from one format to another.
You can only connect cables between compatible devices
Just like you can’t install a bicycle tire on your BMW, you can’t
send incompatible signals to other devices. A VGA signal must be run to
a VGA device. An HDMI signal must be run to an HDMI device. A component
signal must be run to a component device. I’m sure you’re getting my
So how does this affect me?
This means you need to thoroughly think through what you’re trying
to connect and do it the right way. If the devices you’re connecting
don’t use the same format signal, you’re going to need an active
converter box to convert between the two systems so that these systems
can communicate. For example, let’s say you want to connect the VGA
output of your computer to a TV that uses HDMI for its inputs. In order
to accomplish this, you’ll need an active VGA to HDMI converter. If
you’re still wondering about that, read this article on why you can’t
use a VGA to HDMI Cable.
How do I know what I need then?
Well, this is a little bit harder question to answer. You can start
by looking for converters that go between the two signals you want to
use. You can read online about the specific signal types and what they
are or aren’t compatible with. Or you can call us here at Sewell
Direct. Signal converters are one of our biggest focuses, and if you
need to get from one signal to another, we can surely share what we
know about doing so. So visit us at SewellDirect.com or give us a call
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