I am Computer and Communication Engineer, and I read many books about data communication and networking, all discussing basic concepts like OSI Model, topology in general, multiplexing, etc., but I still have a question which cable type is used with each topology. That's a general question. To be specific:
- Do I need to read TIA-568 to know cable types and attenuation versus distance and Frequency?
- Do I need to purchase IEEE 802 to know the details of what actually happens in the lower layers? Will that be a benefit?
Otherwise, which Documents or standards do I still need? Should I know how each layer in the OSI Model Works?
I am asking these questions because I am not sure what should I do to have practical experience in addition to general concepts (above mentioned) in books.