LAN Ethernet Network Cable

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This section describes the network cable configuration associated with the following Ethernet LAN (Local Area Network) standards over copper UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair): Ethernet (10BaseT), Fast Ethernet (100BaseTX), and Gigabit Ethernet (1000BaseT/1000BaseTx). Some of this information was derived from Steven Nikkel's Web site.


Use quality grade UTP Category 5/5e/6 networking cable, don't skimp on this. Shielded cable works also, but isn't necessary. Bulk cable comes in many types, there are 2 basic categories, solid and braided cable. Braided cable tends to work better in "patch" applications for desktop use. It is more flexible and resiliant than solid cable and easier to work with, but really meant for shorter lengths. Solid cable is meant for longer runs in a fixed position. Plenum rated cable should/must be used whenever the cable travels through an air circulation space. For example, above a false celing or below a raised floor.