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5 Different Types of Networking Cables

Different Types Of Networking Cables 1 1 Coaxial Cables First invented in the 1880s, "coax" was best known as the kind of cable that connected television sets to home antennas. Coaxial cable is also a standard for 10 Mbps Ethernet cables. These cables consist of an inner copper wire of varying thickness surrounded by insulation and other shielding. 2 Twisted Pair Cables Twisted pair eventually emerged during the 1990s as the leading cabling standard for Ethernet, starting with 10 Mbps (10BASE-T, also known as Category 3 or Cat3), later followed by improved versions for 100 Mbps (100- BASE-TX, Cat5 and Cat5e) and successively higher speeds up to 10 Gbps (10GBASE-T). Ethernet twisted pair cables contain up to 8 wires wound together in pairs to minimize electromagnetic interference. 3 Fiber Optics Instead of insulated metal wires transmitting electrical signals, fiber optic network cables work using strands of glass and pulses of light. These network cables are bendable despite being made of glass. They have proven especially useful in wide area network (WANS) installations where long distance underground or outdoor cable runs are required. 4 USB Cables Most Universal Serial Bus (USB) cables connect a com- puter with a peripheral device (keyboard or mouse) rather than to another computer for networking. Howe- ver, special adapters (sometimes called dongles) also allow connecting an Ethernet cable to a USB port indi- rectly. USB cables feature twisted-pair wiring. 5 Serial and Parallel Because many PCs in the 1980s and early 1990s lacked Ethernet capability, and USB had not been developed yet, serial and parallel interfaces that are obsolete on modern computers were sometimes used for PC-to-PC networking. So-called null model cables, for example, connected the serial ports of two PCs enabling data transfers at speeds between 0.115 and 0.45 Mbps. Source compnetworking.about.com /od/networkcables/a/network-cables-introduction.htm Created By Indigo electrical www.indigoelectrical.co.uk

5 Different Types of Networking Cables

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In this infographic you are given 5 different types of networking cable, handy if you are setting up your own network or just interested in the different types.

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