The Basics of Data Cabling for Beginners

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Data cabling is a basic term required for using different types of cables to hook up electronic devices to a network. If you run a small business, you might need to know more about the cables used and when they are needed, such as coaxial cables and fibre optic cables. Here is more information about some cables you will come across and how to decide which ones are best.

Types of Data Cables

While there are many types of data cabling used for data configurations, the three main types ore coaxial cables, twisted pair cables, and fibre optic cables. Coaxial and twisted pair are made of copper.

Coaxial – If your business has an older type of computer network, you probably want to use coaxial cables. Even with new networks, it is good to become familiar with these cables since they are still widely used. With coaxial cables, high frequencies are sent through one solid wire, which has an outer conductor for protection. This has another plastic cover on top of it.

Twisted pair – One of the most common types of cabling to be used with networks is the twisted pair cable. As the name suggests, there are two copper wires that are twisted together, each providing plastic insulation for protection of the cable. One of the copper wires works with ground reference while the other is for carrying the signal throughout the network. Data communications have more protection when using these types of cables. There re also shielded and unshielded twisted pair cables.

Fibre optic – The newest type of cable is the fibre optic cable, which is used for communications businesses. Primarily, telephone and cable companies use them. They are great when sending data signals for Internet usage. There is a light channel that has two different parts, including the cladding which provides protection over the core.

Other Business Network Components

In addition to learning about data cabling, your computer network also has other components you should be aware of. When dealing with networking, it is good to know as much as possible, even if you don't work closely with the network design. For example, there is the server of the network, which is a computer that handles the rest of the business network, such as monitors, security, and software programs. You will also have a network switch, letting you send data between different devices. End devices are individual computers and equipment used in the office.

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