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 9  Chapter 0001:  LAN Cabling

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IV  Coaxial Cable (Coax)

Legacy coax cable technologies include 10Base2, also known as Thinnet and 10Base5, known in the field as Thicknet. The characteristics and functionality of 10Base2 and 10Base5 cable is specified by an IEEE standard called 802.3 that defines the properties of network data transmission for Ethernet. We’ll visit this in more detail in later chapters. For now, we’ll concentrate on the physical characteristics of these types of cable. Just know that these types of cable are used when wiring networks that use the Ethernet standard for signal transmission.

As you might imagine from the nicknames, you can tell the difference between the two types by examining the thickness of the cable. 10Base2 cable is thinner coax (it looks like cable TV wiring) and 10Base5 cable is thicker coax, often bright blue or orange in color.

Figure 10: Cross section of coax cable

 


Typically, 10Base2 and 10Base5 cable is used to construct networks with bus topologies.

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