1.3. Specifying the Characteristics of Cable Standards

The cables that connect our networks today have evolved from earlier standards. Although some of these standards are no longer in common use today, understanding them will assist you in appreciating the advantages of the cables that we use today. You should know the characteristics of these standards. In this section, we discuss each of these cable standards in detail.

1.3.1. Critical Information

You should know the speeds, maximum lengths, topology, and cable types associated with each of the main cable standards. In the paragraphs that follow, we discuss each of these characteristics in detail.

1.3.2. 10BASE-T and 10BASE-FL

The most common cable standard used in the early 1990s was 10BASE-T. ...

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