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Thicknet (10Base5)


Thicknet is similar in construction to Thinnet, however, there is an additional layer of aluminium insulation and copper braid. This means that the cable is more rigid and reliable and can be used for longer runs.

The thicker the copper core, the further the cable can carry signals. Thicknet is sometimes used as a backbone to connect several smaller thinnet based networks.

10base5 stands for:

  • Data Transmission Rate of 10Mbps, i.e. 10
  • Uses baseband transmission, i.e. Base
  • Used in Ethernet networks it has a maximum cable length of 500 metres, i.e. the 5 is for 500 metres

Click on this link to review the wikipedia resource on Thicknet cable.

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