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What are the three types of signal cable?

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There are three main types of data cables: coaxial, fiber optic, and twisted pair. If you're not an IT professional, it can be difficult to understand which type of cable your project requires. Which type of cable you need depends on many factors, including the distance the cable will run, the speed at which data will be transferred, and the environment the cable will be exposed to.



Coaxial Cable


Coaxial cables are commonly used to transmit television or telephone communication data to homes. While they can be used in commercial networks, they are more commonly used in residential projects. There are many different types of coaxial cables, but they generally consist of a center core conductor (copper wire), a dielectric insulator, a metal shield, and a plastic jacket to protect it.



Optic Fibre Cable


Fiber optic cables are used for fast internet connections. They are thin, carefully drawn strands of glass (about the diameter of a human hair) bundled together to form fiber optic cables. These cables transmit particles of light encoded with data. Fiber optic cables are used to transmit communication and video signals. They are used in business networks and in residential areas with a large number of Internet users.



Twisted Pair


Twisted pair cables are most commonly used in telecommunications and computer networks. This means you'll mostly find them in commercial enterprises with larger network infrastructures. They consist of two separate insulated wires twisted together and parallel to each other. The reason for this is to reduce interference as data travels through the cable. As our networks grow larger and more complex, the risk of interference increases. For LANs, this type of cable is the most common.



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