Cabling and Connectors

Practically every other Cisco certification exam ignores the topic of cabling; those exams just assume that you can read the manuals and figure out what cables are needed. Interestingly, a well-designed cabling plan, with the right cables, can be a big component of making a LAN more manageable and available. So, cabling is indeed important in real networks.

The cables themselves contain different components inside the cable—you just have to cut one open to look inside to see internal components. Also, each type of cable might allow for a variety of connectors at the end of the cable. So, in this section, you will read about the types of cables, what's inside them, and what connectors can be used to terminate them.

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