Troubleshooting the Cable Plant

The cable plant refers to the wiring between devices in the physical layer. This includes the connectors and wiring between the user stations and a switch or hub. It does not include the interconnect devices that may be used, such as routers, switches, hubs, or signaling repeaters. Many companies choose to make their own cables for connecting their Cisco routers to the various networking devices in use in their networks. If you do make your own cables, be sure to test the cables before deploying them into your network. Cable testers for coaxial cable, twisted-pair cable, and fiber optic cables are relatively cheap and can save your company from expensive network down time. Make sure also to use the proper terminating ...

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