So it's good to know that all N2K devices from the brands above work well with industrial-quality Micro cable. You can chop a plug off a SeaTalkNG or SimNet cable, connect the four active wires to those in a standard cable, and the data and power will flow fine. Better yet, you can get patch cables that perform the same task. Micro-size field-attachable plugs and connection boxes are available, which-along with other useful install accessories such as bulkhead connectors and right-angle plugs-are more reason why you might go with the standard cable design.
But I'd be remiss not to mention the good features of SeaTalkNG and SimNet gear. The latter cabling is exceptionally thin and light, so much so that some weight-conscious sailors consider it, at least, for the run up the mast to a wind whirly (preferably Simrad's own). The SeaTalkNG system uses heavier-gauge power wires than the various Micro-size cables, which is quite important (see "The N2K Power Story," below). This gear is also color-coded to avoid confusing a network's backbone with its drops, what SeaTalkNG terminology calls the "trunk" and the "spurs," respectively. Additionally, Raymarine and Simrad, along with Furuno, take daisy-chaining liberties with NMEA's physical-network rules. That's to say that some devices from those brands, particularly instruments, have two N2K-type ports on the back so they can be easily strung together side by side. NMEA prefers that each device be T'd off the backbone separately or via a distribution box so that the failure of one device won't prevent the flow of data and/or power to another.