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Cabling

For one computer to carry on a conversation with another computer, both computers must be able to transmit and receive electrical impulses that represent commands or data. The computers and peripherals of a network can be physically interconnected with a transmission medium to enable data exchange and resource sharing.

Type Description Type Standard/name
Coaxial (coax) This is similar to the cable that is used to connect your TV set to the cable television service Thick

10Base5

ThickWire

ThickNet

As above As above Thin

10Base2

ThinWire

ThinNet

Twisted-pair Cable with 4 sets of twisted pair wires. Similar in appearance to telephone wire Unshielded twisted-pair (UTP)

10Base-T

100Base-T

Cat 3

Cat 5

Cat 6

As above Shielded has a metal film surrounding the wires to reduce external electrical interference Shielded twisted-pair (STP) As above
Fibre-optic Glass or polymer fibres carry modulated pulses of light to represent digital data signals

Single-mode

Multi-Mode

10Base-F

100Base-F



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