Glossary of cables and connections

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This document provides a visual example of the cables that Shaw provides with cable, internet, and phone service. Each cable is shown with its connection on the left and its receiving port on the right. If you are experiencing difficulties in identifying the port for any included cable, please refer to the images below.
 

This article will provide insight into:

 

Power cables

Here is a look at the various power cables used to connect cable boxes, TVs, phone modems, and computers.
 

Grounded power cable: This is the power cable included with higher consumption devices like cable boxes, TVs, and computers. (ref: C13/5-15P)

 

Grounded Power Cable

 

Small power cables: This cable does not feature a ground and is designed for use with lower consumption items like Internet and phone modems, and may often connect into an external power supply as opposed to connecting directly into the device itself. (ref: C-7/1-15P).

 

Small power cable

 

Adapter connection: This is the end connection from a Power Supply or Power Adapter as seen above. This connection may vary in size, shape, and colour.

Adapter Connection

 

An example of a Power Supply and Power Adapter is shown below.

 

Power SupplyPower Adapter
Power SupplyPower Adapter

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Video cables

Here are the four types of video cables that are used to connect TVs, cable boxes or other components.
 

HDMI connection: This is the current standard for digital High Definition connections, allowing a single cable to carry both full HD picture and high fidelity audio.

HDMI Cable

 

Component connection: The outgoing standard for delivering a High Definition signal to your TV. This is an analog cable that sends the video signal along red, blue, and green connections. Low fidelity audio is sourced from red/white RCA cable connections.

 

Component Connection

 

Composite connection: This is a standard definition analog cable that uses a single yellow RCA connection to send a video signal to your TV. Audio is sent via red/white RCA connections for the left and right channels.

 

Composite Connection

 

Coaxial connection: This is the cable used to bring Shaw service into your home. The Coaxial cable is designed to screw into a threaded connection on a TV, cable box, modem, or coaxial splitter (shown below).

 

Cable Splitter

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Audio cables

Here are the different audio cables that are used to deliver sound from your devices.

 

RCA Composite audio connection: The RCA audio connection carries stereo (left and right) audio to a TV or surround (left, right, centre, rear) to an audio receiver.

RCA Composite Audio Connection

 

Digital Coaxial audio connection: The Digital Coaxial Audio Connection (S/PDIF coaxial) carries Dolby Digital 5.1 sound (left, right, centre, rear left, rear right, LFE*) from your Shaw Digital Box to a Dolby Digital 5.1 capable audio receiver.

 

Digital Coaxial Audio connection

 

Optical audio connection (S/PDIF optical): The Optical Audio Connection (S/PDIF optical) carries Dolby Digital 5.1 sound (left, right, centre, rear left, rear right, LFE*) from your Shaw Digital Box to a Dolby Digital 5.1 capable audio receiver.

 

Optical Audio Connection

 *LFE: Low-frequency effects; sounds that play through the sub-woofer, represented by the 0.1 in Dolby Digital 5.1

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Data cables

There are three types of data cables used to connect your computer or related devices with peripherals.

 

eSata connection: Used to facilitate a high-speed data connection, Shaw supplies an eSata cable for the connection between a PVR and an Expander.

 

eSata connection

 

Ethernet connection: You will find an Ethernet cable supplied with your Shaw Internet modem. Ethernet cables are used to connect a computer into a Local Area Network (LAN).

Ethernet connection

 

USB connection: One of the most common computer connections, USB can be found on everything from printers, mice, hard drives, and keyboards. 

 

USB Connection

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Phone cables

This is the standard connection for household phones and is characterized by a small plastic connector with a push-release tab.

 

 

Phone Connection

 

 

A phone line can connect to items like a phone modem or a phone jack (shown below). (ref: RJ11 6P4C)

Phone Jack

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Miscellaneous cables

An IR Receiver is included with many Shaw cable boxes. The IR Receiver allows the box to continue to receive commands from the remote control even if the cable box is out of sight.

 

IR Receiver

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