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Essential network cabling tips for your infrastructure

Network cabling may seem basic, but it's integral to your network infrastructure. This series of 10 lessons for networking pros explains how common types of network cables work.

This series on network cabling covers all aspects of the techniques and technology used in today's networks. While...

many different types of network cables are now in use, this series -- in lessons numbered one through 10 -- focuses on the most common cables, including unshielded twisted pair, CAT5 straight-through and crossover, Ethernet, fiber and more.

In addition to providing network cabling topics of direct interest to today's networking pros, this series includes some valuable coverage of the history of networks and cabling. It covers, too, the basic types of networking cables in use today and how to identify the right one for a particular enterprise network.  This series also includes fiber optic technology and the different fiber optic cables available in the market. Other network cabling topics of focus are types of direct cable connections to transfer data between computers, 10Base-T and 100Base-T cables, Gigabit Ethernet and USB cable connections.

It may seem certain portions of this series cover network cabling information that is now no longer pertinent -- serial, parallel and USB ports -- but in truth, these topics will actually come in handy in the future.

Each lesson in this network cabling series provides either critical background or important basics essential to understanding the field of network cabling. Readers who review each lesson, as well as learn the basics and the terminology of each topic, will come away with a solid grounding in the past, present and future prospects for network cabling.

Network cabling: What you’ll learn

Lesson 1: Types of network cables
Lesson 2: Straight-through cable
Lesson 3: UTP crossover cable
Lesson 4: 10Base-T cable
Lesson 5: 100Base-TX cable
Lesson 5b: Gigabit Ethernet standard
Lesson 6: Fiber optic cable types
Lesson 7: Direct cable connection
Lesson 8: Serial cable connection
Lesson 9: Parallel cable
Lesson 10: USB cable connection

This was last published in November 2016

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