Appendix B: Glossary
10Base2: A type of coax cable that was once the most often used cable for Ethernet networks; also known as thinnet or cheapernet. The maximum length of a single segment is 185 meters (600 feet). 10base2 is now all but obsolete.
10Base5: The original Ethernet coax cable, now pretty much obsolete; also known as yellow cable or thick cable. The maximum length of a single segment is 500 meters (1,640 feet).
10BaseT: Twisted-pair cable, commonly used for Ethernet networks; also known as UTP, twisted pair, or twisted sister (just kidding!). The maximum length of a single segment is 100 meters (330 feet). Of the three Ethernet cable types, this one is the easiest to work with.
100BaseFX: The Ethernet standard for high-speed fiber-optic connections.
100BaseT4: An alternative standard for 100 Mbps Ethernet using four-pair Category-3 cable.
100BaseTX: The leading standard for 100 Mbps Ethernet, which uses two-pair, Category-5 twisted-pair cable.
100VG AnyLAN: A standard for 100 Mbps Ethernet that isn’t as popular as 100BaseT. Like 100BaseT, 100VG AnyLAN uses twisted-pair cable.
1000BaseT: A new standard for 1,000 Mbps Ethernet using four-pair, Category-5, unshielded twisted-pair cable. 1000BaseT is also known as Gigabit Ethernet.
1000000000000BaseT: Well, not really. But if current trends continue, we’ll get there soon.
802.2: The forgotten IEEE standard. The more glamorous 802.3 standard relies on 802.2 for moral support.
802.3: The IEEE standard known in the vernacular ...