A category 5 cable, or Cat5, transmits computer networking signals. According to Corey Sandler, author of "Laptops All-in-One for Dummies," several varieties of Cat5 cables are available for both desktop PC and laptop usage.
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The Cat5 cable allows a laptop or desktop computer to connect to a variety of networking signals that allow the user to access the Internet. The most common signal transmitted by a Cat5 is Ethernet, writes Sandler.
A snagless cable has a rubber cover to protect the tab that clips into the receptor of the computer. While snagless attachments are available for purchase to upgrade any type of cable, many Cat5 cables come with an attached snagless cap.
Snagless Cat5 Cable
A snagless Cat5 cable is useful for laptop users who must transport their computers regularly. According to Les Freed, author of "PC Magazine Guide to Home Networking," the snagless function helps prevent the breakage that comes with frequently plugging into different online sources, especially when the tab on the plug gets caught on other cables.
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