So what does 10 BaseT/2/5/F/35 mean?
We are going to break the "10 Base T" into three parts so we can make it easier to understand:
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T/2/5/F/35UTP -Unshielded Twisted Pair
Most networks use UTP cable and RJ-45 connectors or Coaxial cable with BNC "T" connectors, for this reason special devices made their way to the market that allow you to connect an AUI network card to these different cable networks.
The picture below shows you a few of these devices:
- 10Base-T works for 10 Mbps networks only and uses unshielded twisted pair cable with RJ-45 connectors at each end and maximum length of 100 meters. They also only use two pairs of cables.
- 10Base-2 works for 10 Mbps networks only and uses coaxial cable. Maximum length is 185 meters and BNC "T" connectors are used to connect to the computers; there are special terminators at each of the coaxial cable.
- 10Base-5 works for 10 Mbps networks only and uses thick coaxial cable. Maximum length is 500 meters and special "AUI" connectors (DB-15) are used to interface with the network card.
- 10Base-F works for 10 Mbps networks only and uses fiber optic cable.
Network cable, lesson 1, Introduction
Network cable, lesson 2: Straight-through UTP cables
Network cable, lesson 3: CAT5 UTP x-over cable
Network cable, lesson 4: 10Base-T/2/5/F/35 - Ethernet
Network cable, lesson 5: 100Base-(T) TX/T4/FX - Ethernet
Network cable, lesson 6: Fiber
Network cable, lesson 7: Direct Cable Connection
Network cable, lesson 8: Serial Direct Cable Connection
Network cable, lesson 9: Parallel Direct Cable Connection
Network cable, lesson 10: USB Direct Cable Connection
Testing network cable