Introduction network cabling
Network cable refers to a physical media that provides connectivity and communication between network devices lying within a network. A network cable is generally used for Local Area Networks (LANs), and it can also be used for Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). In LANs, physical media allows network devices to transmit data, and in WLANs, it provides connectivity between workstation and wireless antenna. The wireless network uses radio frequency and infrared to provide communication between network devices. There are various types of network cables, such as twisted-pair, co-axial, and fiber optic, available nowadays. The use of network cable depends on the network topology, size of the network, and protocols.
This chapter begins by discussing the common network cable types, such as twisted-pair, coaxial, and fiber optic. Next, you learn about media converters. After that, the chapter discusses Broadband over Power Line. Moreover, it familiarizes you with serial cable. This chapter then explains the various properties of a cable, such as distance and data rate. You also learn about various wiring standards as well as straight through cable and crossover cable. Towards the end, it familiarizes you with wiring distribution components.