Cabling tables and nouns

Here there is 3 useful table from Cabling:The Complete Guide to Network Wiring

Common Types of Copper Cabling and the Applications That Run on Them

Cable Type Common Applications
UTP Category 1 Signaling, door bells, alarm systems
UTP Category 2 Digital phone systems, Apple LocalTalk
UTP Category 3 10Base-T, 4Mbps Token Ring
UTP Category 4 16Mbps Token Ring
UTP Category 5 100Base-TX, 1000Base-T
UTP Category 5e 100Base-TX, 1000Base-T
UTP Category 6 100Base-TX, 1000Base-T, 10 Gigabit Ethernet
Multi-pair UTP cable Analog and digital voice applications
Shielded twisted-pair (STP) 4Mbps and 16Mbps Token Ring
Screened twisted-pair (ScTP) 100Base-TX, 1000Base-T, 10 Gigabit Ethernet
Coaxial RG-8 Thick Ethernet (10Base-5), video
Coaxial RG-58 Thin Ethernet (10Base-2)
Coaxial RG-59 CATV (Community antenna television, AKA, cable TV)
Coaxial RG-6/U CATV, CCTV (Closed Circuit TV), satellite, HDTV, cable modem
Coaxial RG-6/U Quad Shield Same as RG-6 with extra shielding
Coaxial RG-62 ARCnet, video, IBM 3270

Applications That Use Unshielded Twisted-Pair Cables

Application Data Rate Encoding Scheme Pairs Required
10Base-T Ethernet 10Mbps Manchester 2
100Base-TX Ethernet 100Mbps 4B5B/NRZI/MLT-3 2
100Base-T4 Ethernet 100Mbps 8B6T 4
1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet 1000Mbps PAM5 4
100Base-VG AnyLAN 100Mbps 5B6B/NRZ 4
4Mbps Token Ring 4Mbps Manchester 2
16Mbps Token Ring 16Mbps Manchester 2
ATM-25 25Mbps NRZ 2
ATM-155 155Mbps NRZ 2
TP-PMD (FDDI over copper) 100Mbps MLT-3 2

Common Modular-Jack Designations and Their Configuration

Designation Positions Contacts Used For
RJ-11 6 2 Single-line telephones
RJ-14 6 4 Single- or dual-line telephones
RJ-22 4 4 Phone-cord handsets
RJ-25 6 6 Single-, dual-, or triple-line telephones
RJ-31 8 4 Security and fire alarm
RJ-45 8 8 Data (10Base-T, 100Base- TX, etc.)
RJ-48 8 4 1.544Mbps (T1) connections
RJ-61 8 8 Single- through quad-line telephones

One thought on “Cabling tables and nouns

  1. David Wall says:

    Another good resource is “De-Mystifying Cabling Specifications From 5e to 7A” which talks about the latest trends in standards: cat 5e, cat 6, cat 6A, cat 7, etc. It can be found here:

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