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Table Of Contents  CertiGuide to A+ (A+ 4 Real)
 9  Chapter 13: Basic Networking Terminology
      9  Cables and Fibers

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Ethernet Cabling Summary

Let’s summarize the information we have just examined regarding Ethernet. Table 29 and Table 30 contain the key information about cabling for both coaxial and UTP Ethernet. Table 31 contains a list of Ethernet types along with their cable lengths and data rates.


Table 29: Coaxial Ethernet Workstation and Cabling Requirements

Cable Type

Popular Name

Length

Nodes

5-4-3 Rule

10Base5

Thicknet

500 meters

100

Yes

10Base2

Thinnet

185 meters

30

Yes



Table 30: UTP Ethernet Workstation and Cabling Requirements

Cable Type

Speed

Length

Nodes

# of Pairs

Category

10BaseT

10Mbit

100 meters

1024

2

3

100BaseT

100Mbit

100 meters

1024

2

5

1000BaseT

1000Mbit

100 meters

1024

4

5



Table 31: Ethernet Cable Types, Lengths and Data Rates

Cable Name

Cable Type

Maximum Length

Data Rate

10Base5

Coax

500 m per segment

10 Mb/s

10Base2

Coax

185 m per segment

10 Mb/s

10BaseT

UTP

100 m per segment

10 Mb/s

10BaseF

Fiber

4 Km

10 Mb/s

100BaseT

UTP

100 m per segment

100 Mb/s

100-VGAnyLan

UTP/STP

Varies with cable type

100 Mb/s Fast Ethernet

100BaseT4

4 pair Cat 3, 4, or 5 UTP

100 m per segment

100 Mb/s

100BaseTX

2 pair Cat 5 UTP or Cat 1 STP

100 m between the hub and network node

100 Mb/s Fast Ethernet

100BaseFX

Fiber

2 Km

100 Mb/s Fast Ethernet

Category 3

UTP

100 m, including patch panel and patch cables

10 Mb/s Ethernet, 4 & 16 Mb/s Token Ring and VGAnyLan at 16 MHz

Category 5

UTP

90 m (100 m including patch panels and patch cables)

100 Mb/s Fast Ethernet at 100 MHz


Table 27: Cable Tolerances and Specifications


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