Cabling is inescapable in networking. It is critical to understand cabling to correctly connect Cisco routers, switches, and the hosts they serve. Moreover, you must understand the security, performance, and compatibility issues surrounding the selection of cables.
This section provides the characteristics of various cable types, along with a description of each type and the strengths and weaknesses of each. Finally, the factors that determine the type of cable to use between devices are explained.
Cables come in a variety of thicknesses and materials and can operate using either electrical or optical signals. Cables can differ in the following ways: