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What are the most common types of network cables?
3.1 Explain basic cable types and their connectors, features, and purposes.
Network Cables: An Overview
Network cables are used to connect computers, printers, and other devices to a local network. The type of cable used depends on the kind of network, e.g. Ethernet cables for wired networks or wireless technology for wireless networks. Common types of network cables are twisted-pair, coaxial, and fiber-optic cables.
Twisted Pair Cable: A type of network cable that consists of two insulated copper wires that are twisted together in order to reduce signal interference.
Coaxial Cable: A type of network cable that consists of a single copper wire surrounded by an insulation layer and a braided metal shield for protection against outside interference.
Fiber Optic Cable: A type of network cable that uses pulses of light to transmit data. It is made of a thin strand of glass or plastic and is used to send data over longer distances with greater accuracy.
Did you know?
Network cables can be used to transfer data at speeds up to 10 Gbps. There are two types of network cables, namely shielded and unshielded cables. Network cables can be used to connect up to 127 devices to a single network.
Work together in pairs: What type of network cable is most commonly used for connecting a computer to a modem?
How do different types of network cables, such as Ethernet, coaxial, and fiber optic, differ in terms of their speed, reliability, and usage?
Work together in pairs: What is the difference between a coaxial cable and an Ethernet cable, and when would you use each type of cable?
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Which type of network cable is commonly used for Ethernet connections?
- Fiber Optic
What does the term 'UTP' stand for in relation to network cables?
- Underground Termination Point
- Ultra Thin Patch
- Universal Transmission Protocol
- Unshielded Twisted Pair
Which type of network cable is known for its high data transfer speeds and resistance to electromagnetic interference?
- Fiber Optic
What is the maximum recommended length of a Cat5e Ethernet cable before signal degradation occurs?
- 200 meters (656 feet)
- 50 meters (164 feet)
- 500 meters (1,640 feet)
- 100 meters (328 feet)
Which connector is commonly used with fiber optic cables?
- LC Connector
- BNC Connector
- RJ45 Connector