Riser vs Plenum Rated Network Cables

Riser vs Plenum Rated Network Cables

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

  • CMR = Communications Riser
  • CMP = Communications Plenum
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T568A vs. T568B

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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Common Fiber Connectors and Polish Types

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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Shielded Network Cable Types Explained

Shielded Network Cable Types Explained

These are the six shielded network cable construction types that you will encounter:
  • F/UTP
  • S/UTP
  • SF/UTP
  • S/FTP
  • F/FTP
  • U/FTP
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What are the differences? Cat5 to Cat8 explained.

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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