Coaxial Cable

Coaxial network cable is available in two types. Thicknet and thinnet, as the names suggest they derive from the diameters of the cables. Due to the nature of coaxial cable, it is particularly good at keeping interference at bay, hence it can be run for longer distances than either UTP or STP before repeaters are required to regenerate and retime the signal.

Pros

  • Can be used in long cable runs without using repeaters
  • Good resistance to EMI and RFI
  • Less expensive than Fibre optic cable

Cons

  • Thicknet is very rigid and hard to install
  • Installation requires extra special care when terminating the connections to avoid connections that reflect signals back down the cable.
  • More expensive to install that STP or UTP

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