An electronic cable used to connect electronic devices to enable the transmission of data between them. There are a number of different patch cables, including microphone, headphone extension, RCA connectors, Ethernet, and fiber optic. However, when the term patch cable is used, most often it refers to short cables used in a patch panel.
Patch cables can be as short as three inches or longer that a hundred feet. Cat5, Cat5e, and Cat6 Ethernet cables are common examples, used to connect computers together in a network as well as network servers.