Understanding Bulk Ethernet Cable: Stranded or Solid Ethernet Cable

There are a dizzying number of Ethernet cable type available on the market, corresponding to an array of standards detailing the configuration and performance specification needed to support the increasingly faster data rates and larger bandwidths of incoming technologies. Of which stranded and solid Ethernet cables are the commonly used cable types when purchasing bulk Ethernet cable. These two different…

Inline Coupler vs. Punch Down Keystone Jack

When DIY a home network, besides the common problems (written in the previous article “Do It Yourself for Your Home Network”), people often feel puzzled about what I should use for my jacks—inline coupler or punch down keystone jack. The first one is easy to install but adds an extra connection to the network. The last one is cheaper and…

Why Should We Keep Fiber Optic Connectors Clean?

Fiber optic technicians are aware that dirty connections can cause attenuation, but they may not realize that it can also cause bit errors or slowdown of the network. Therefore, keeping the fiber optic connector end-faces clean is one of the most overlooked aspects of fiber optic maintenance and troubleshooting. Today’s article will describe the detailed information about how dirty fiber…

Comparing UTP and STP Copper Cables

Many telecom professionals anticipated that copper cable would eventually be replaced by the fiber optic cable owing to its poor performance in the higher-bandwidth application. However, copper cables like cat6/cat6a cable that can support up to 10Gbqs have proven themselves and been widely deployed in the home or office buildings. But for the copper cable, there exists the debate about…