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Common Fiber Connectors and Polish Types
Sunday, September 11, 2022

Common Fiber Connectors and Polish Types

Fiber patch cords are not as straight forward as their copper counterparts, there are multiple connector types to consider when building and maintaining a physical network. In this article, we are going to describe the commonly found fiber connector types and “polish” types.

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T568A vs. T568B
Tuesday, August 30, 2022

T568A vs. T568B

TIA-568 is a wiring standard for network cabling and is usually associated with patch cords, but it applies to "structured cabling" generally. The main goal of the standard is to define cabling types, distances, connectors, cable system architectures, cable termination standards as well as performance standards.

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What is Crosstalk in Copper Network Cables?
Tuesday, August 30, 2022

What is Crosstalk in Copper Network Cables?

Crosstalk is a complicated subject to grasp, especially where the "Near" and "Far" ends are. In reality, both ends of the cable are both! They are only reference points to demonstrate where the signal is originating from for the purpose of the test… The first diagram of this article shows exactly what happens, and how the "concept" of what are the Near and Far ends depending on which end the signal originates from.

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What are the differences? Cat5 to Cat8 explained.
Sunday, August 8, 2021

What are the differences? Cat5 to Cat8 explained.

There are a lot of articles on the Internet about the differences between Cat5e and Cat6 cables and their standards, there are many differences of opinion about where and when you have to use the two cable types. One common misconception is that Cat5e patch cables are not able to run at Gigabit speeds, and Cat6 is required. This is not the case and most modern Cat5e cables are perfectly capable of running at Gigabit speeds, you will see printed on the outer jacket of the cable that the cable is certified for Gigabit networking.

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CMR or CMP Rated Network Cable?
Sunday, August 8, 2021

CMR or CMP Rated Network Cable?

These two acronyms are confusing as the “C” and the “M” do not indicate separate words, but are an abbreviation for “CoMmunication”

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 Booted vs. Non-Booted Network Cables
Friday, August 6, 2021

Booted vs. Non-Booted Network Cables

In this article, we discuss the types of boots that a network patch cable can have and the pros and cons of each. We also describe what non-booted network cables are and why and where you would use them.

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