Computer Network – Tools and Supplies

… of troubleshooting. For professional network cabling an expensive Network Tool that can measure attenuation, cable length, category supported, etc…, it’s a must. You need to give your client a report with your measurement results. For small DIY jobs a simple tester will do it. Patch Panel – This is beyond the purpose of this article since it applies to bigger networks. Network Switching device – The switching device switches packets between the different …

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Computer Network – RJ45 Crimper

Crimping tool The crimper is very often the cause of bad connections. Buy a good quality crimper even if you use it for a few cables. Here are some problems associated with cheap crimpers: Uneven force applied on the pins because of the angled compression. Uneven wearing of the teeth and general faster wearing of the teeth. The poor design of the crimper presses on the locking tabs and it reduces its flexibility to almost breaking them. You need to apply two-three times more force …

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Computer Network – RJ45 Connectors

RJ-45 connectors RJ45 is a type of registered jack. The registered jack specifies the physical male and female connectors as well as the pin assignments. RJ45 features 8 pins and is the standard connector for Ethernet based networks. We can also find it on ISDN, and T1 connections. Ethernet is the standard media for the VOIP phones so we can find it used with modern digital phone systems. The RJ11 male connector, (standard telephone connector), fits perfectly into an RJ45 female …

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Computer Network – UTP and STP cable

Twisted Pair networking cable Depending on the building configuration and the cable’s traject you will need to use UTP or STP. STP stands for Shielded Twisted Pair and is mostly used outdoors or when running the cable near electromagnetic sources. The shield helps remove the unwanted interference. It has to be properly grounded otherwise it will make you communication worse. If you decide to go with STP, you need to use shielded RJ45 connectors and properly ground your switch. …

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