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 Question by Sandy Rogers posted 08 May 2001
Are CAT 5, 10base-T and twisted pair all just different names for this type of cable?
 Answer by Dmitri Abaimov posted 11 May 2001
Dear Sandy,
No, they are really different names for the different things.

CAT5 (Category 5)is the name that designates twisted 4-pair copper cables capable of carrying signals up to 100MHz frequency range.

10BASE-T is the name of the networking protocol. It can run on CAT5 cables.

Twisted pair cable tells you that the connectors in pairs are twisted one around another. However, it doesn't tell you how many pairs you have and how good (what category) they are. Very general name.

Dmitri Abaimov, RCDD

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