New Training: Deploying Appropriate Cable Solutions
In this 4-video skill, CBT Nuggets trainer Jeremy Cioara teaches you about the various copper and fiber cabling solutions, such as media types, connector types, and copper cable standards. Watch this new networking training.
Watch the full course: CompTIA Network+
This training includes:
32 minutes of training
You’ll learn these topics in this skill:
Deploying Appropriate Cabling Solutions: Copper Network Media Types
Deploying Appropriate Cabling Solutions: Fiber Network Media Types
Deploying Appropriate Cabling Solutions: Network Termination Points
Deploying Appropriate Cabling Solutions: Network Transceivers
3 Types Of Copper Network Cable
In the world of networking, there are three primary types of copper cabling used to connect wired IT systems. Those three types of cabling are shielded twisted wire, unshielded twisted wire, and coaxial cable.
Twisted wire network cabling typically consists of multiple pairs of copper wire wrapped in a sheathing. Different types of network cabling will contain different amounts of twisted wires. By twisting specific wires together in a piece of cabling, transmission distances can be increased while transmission errors are decreased.
Twisted pair cabling comes in both shielded and unshielded types. Shielding in network cable helps block unwanted interference like RF signals. Depending on where a network run is being installed, it may be required to use a piece of shielded cable. This is more common in noisy environments like a manufacturing plant as opposed to a business office.
Coaxial cable instead uses a single, thicker copper wire surrounded by insulation and shielding. Coaxial cable can be used for data transmission for both analog and digital signals. It sacrifices data transmission rates for things like resiliency. Coaxial cable can take more abuse than the traditional twisted-pair cabling, can last a lot longer, and is easier to install but may be inappropriate for more applications.