Questions tagged [cable]

For questions about physical cables used in a computer network topology. This tag is suitable when your question is about a network cable. Examples: Twisted pair cable, Fiber optic cable, Coaxial cable, Patch cable and other specialized network cables.

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The maximum length of CAT6 for intranet network?

Recently I purchased CAT6 cable with a length of 150 meter. I bought another CAT6 with a length of 148 meter. I joined both the cables using RJ45 cable coupler. I tested it using LAN TESTER, and ...
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Why do I need a crossover cable to connect devices of the same type?

I know that a crossover cable should be used to directly connect devices of the same type and patch cable is used to connect devices of different types. But I never understood why is it so exactly? ...
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Can a single optical fiber support full-duplex communication?

Can a single-mode single optical fiber support full-duplex communication, or does it have to be two fibers, one for each direction?
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Cat6 FTP shielding

I received a edexcel patch panel for a cat6 ftp cable, I was puzzled by the diagram. It shows I should cut away the foil. I am used to pulling the foil back and placing it under the bar clamp. Is it ...
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Connecting a router with cat 5 cable to a cat 7 network

I have a cat 7 network but the router, switch and APs are hooked up to it using cat 5 cables. Does this reduce the advantages of a cat 7 network?
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(Interpretation of) Maximum cable length on Ethernet [duplicate]

As far as I understand the max. cable length applies to the length between devices (e.g. switches, repeaters etc.). Here I found the following citation: For 10BASE-T, Clause 14.1.1.1 Medium ...
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Is 30 Mbit/s fibre faster than 30 Mbit/s copper? [duplicate]

A network engineer professional is overseeing our town's installation of fibre and was explaining how much faster it was. I pointed out that it wasn't a silver bullet as you had to pay the provider ...
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Cable Colors and Purpose

I've been doing some work with some big businesses and so far I've learned yellow is internet and blue is phone. Is this a standard or is this just a personal chose? Do colors mean different tasks?
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What's the difference between an Ethernet cable and a UTP cable?

Is there such a thing as an Ethernet cable or technically no? Are they actually called UTP cables? From wikipedia UTP cables are found in many Ethernet networks and telephone systems.
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Minimum Ethernet Cable Length?

I have heard from a few people that cables less than 1 meter are prone to transmission problems. Is there any minimum copper cabling length? Please explain if this is true or not and share any ...
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Running Cat 7 STP cables in the same cable trays as 3-phase power cables

I am doing some work in a factory that is quite new, and have been asked to terminate some network cables - simple enough. However on looking up at the cable trays, which are suspended from the ...
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How to create Ethernet cables when I cannot figure out color of cat 5e cable wires?

I'm learning how to make my own Ethernet cables (to get deep understanding of Cisco for their exams), but the cables I am getting have small wires whose colors I cannot distinguish. A person in my ...
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What is the best to simulate an RJ45 cable failure without changing switch configuration or removing the cable?

I am looking at an automation element for a training environment. We would like to be able to fail a cable without doing a shutdown on the interface or having an engineer physically remove the cable ...
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Cisco Console Cable and HP ProCurve Switches

I have a USB to Cisco console port cable, and as far as i'm aware, its just a standard rollover serial cable. Correct me if i'm wrong? I'm also looking at getting a HP ProCurve 2510-48 J9020A. On the ...
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To shield between patch panel and switch or not?

All network cables run from the outlets to the server room. They run next to power cables so it was decided to shield them. In the server room, they are going to be connected to a patch panel which ...