What does the twist in the Cat5 cable do? The Category 5 cable consists of 8 conductors, creating 4 pairs of wires....
By submitting your personal information, you agree that TechTarget and its partners may contact you regarding relevant content, products and special offers.
Each pair is created by twisting the two wires around each other along the full length of the cable. This is done in order to eliminate crosstalk and any other type of interference the cable might pick up from near by electrical sources.
Laws of physics state that when current (electricity) passes through a wire, it will create an electric field around it. The more current, the larger the electric field will be.
If at the same time you place another wire (I.E. network cable) near the field, it is likely to 'pickup' noise from that field and possibly create abnormal current patterns on it.
Because we want out network cable to be immune to these effects, the twist was introduced, effectively canceling any interference picked up by any wire in the pair.
Dig Deeper on LANs (Local Area Networks)
Related Q&A from Chris Partsenidis
Learn how to understand the difference between bit rate and baud rate in this expert answer.continue reading
Expert Chris Partsenidis offers guidelines for a smooth and successful PSTN to VoIP migration.continue reading
What SIP trunking basics should you know before you deploy? SIP trunking guru Chris Partsenidis explains what you need to know about SIP trunking ...continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.