Ten cabling tips in 10 minutes

Cable may be basic, but it's integral to your network. This series of 10 tips explains and illustrates the most common types of network cable.

This series focuses on the cabling used in today's networks. While there are a lot of different types of cabling in today's networks, this series covers the most common cables, including UTP, CAT5 straight through and crossover, Ethernet, fiber and more.



  • 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
  • This was first published in December 2004

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