The Top 6 Wires and Devices That Keep the World Connected

The more omnipresent the internet gets, the easier it is to forget that the internet has a physicality – a real, infrastructure built of hardware that keeps the internet feeling as seamless as the air we breathe. Not only are there wires that cross the earth and cables that lie at the bottom of the sea, but there are also devices that beam the internet across mountain ranges and bounce it down from balloons floating through air currents in the stratosphere.

Experimental devices exist that break records for speed and range, sending more information in the blink of an eye than we could have in an hour just a few years ago. In honor of the classic networking cable CAT6, we took a look at the six most interesting and impressive cables and devices that keep the web worldwide.

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