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CCNA 1.7: Select the appropriate cabling type based on implementation requirements


Understand cabling types based on their implementation.  In other words, certain cables are used for certain situations.  Use the wrong cable and it's not going to work.  Unless you get saved by the smarts in the device.  Most network devices these days have an autodetect function, which understands if there is a straight-through or crossover cable connected and adjusts accordingly.  Still, you should know the right way to do things.

Study Notes:

  •  Crossover cable

      • Use when connecting like devices together
      • Switch to Switch (autodetect on most switches will work with straight-through cables, but crossover is the correct choice)
      • Router to Router
      • Router to PC
      • 10Base-T and 100Base-T UTP (1 to 2 and 3 to 6)
      • For a crossover, use 568A on one end and 568B on the other end


    EIA/TIA 568B Standard EIA/TIA 568A Standard
    1 white-orange Related image 1 white-green
    2 orange 2 green
    3 white-green 3 white-orange
    4 blue 4 blue
    5 white-blue 5 white-blue
    6 green 6 orange
    7 white-brown 7 white-brown
    8 brown 8 brown
    • 1000Base-T UTP
      • uses all four cable pairs for simultaneous transmission in both directions
      • no dedicated transmit and recieve paris, and consequently, crossover cables are never required
      • the physical medium attachment sublayer (PMA) provides identification of each pair and usually continues to work even over cable where the pairs are unusually swapped or crossed.


    • Straight-through cable
      • Use when connecting unlike devices together
      • Also known as a patch cable
      • Switch to PC
      • Router to Switch
      • For a crossover, use 568B on both ends
    EIA/TIA 568B Standard EIA/TIA 568B Standard
    1 white-orange Image result for straight through cable 1 white-orange
    2 orange 2 orange
    3 white-green 3 white-green
    4 blue 4 blue
    5 white-blue 5 white-blue
    6 green 6 green
    7 white-brown 7 white-brown
    8 brown 8 brown


    •  Rollover cable
      • Literally roll the cable over to make the other end
      • Can be used to connect a host EIA-TIA 232 interface to a router console serial COM port
    EIA/TIA 568A Standard EIA/TIA 568A (reversed)
    1 white-green Image result for rollover cable wiring 1 brown
    2 green 2 white-brown
    3 white-orange 3 orange
    4 blue 4 white-blue
    5 white-blue 5 blue
    6 orange 6 white-orange
    7 white-brown 7 green
    8 brown 8 white-green


    • Fiber
      • Very long distances, but seeing it more on the LAN now as well
      • Made up of Core, Cladding and Buffer.  Cladding is industry standard at 125m
      • As a point of reference, a human hair is 50 microns
      • Single mode fiber: tighter cladding = smaller core, one mode of light propagates
      • Multi-mode fiber: looser, larger core allows multiple light particles, less distance


PacketTracer Lab: CCNA-1.7-Select-the-appropriate-cabling-type-based-on-implementation-requirements.pkt

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