Chapter 4. Install Cables and Connectors

Not everything is wireless these days. It is important to learn the various cable media options as well as the connectors that help make them valuable.

Copper Cables

Most of the cabling seen today is still copper-based. Let’s review the options in this section.

Shielded Versus Unshielded—Today’s most popular LAN media type is twisted-pair cable, in which individually insulated copper strands are intertwined into a twisted-pair cable. Two categories of twisted-pair cable are shielded twisted pair (STP) and unshielded twisted pair (UTP).

To define industry-standard pinouts and color-coding for twisted-pair cabling, the TIA/EIA-568 standard was developed. The first iteration of the TIA/EIA-568 standard ...

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