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Cabling: The Complete Guide to Network Wiring, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-7821-4331-7
720 pages
August 2004
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The physical linkages responsible for carrying a company's data continue to be the most neglected components of the typical network—to the extent that nearly 70% of all network-related problems result from poor cabling.

In this third edition of a widely acclaimed resource, three networking experts share their extensive experience, teaching you the cabling skills you need to build a reliable, efficient, and cost-effective network cabling infrastructure. As you master these techniques, you'll learn to avoid common pitfalls and troubleshoot problems as quickly as they arise. Coverage includes:

  • Choosing the right cables and components for your network architecture and topology
  • Avoiding unnecessary and unexpected costs
  • Understanding the current limitations of data communications and network cabling
  • Understanding how laws and building codes constrain cabling
  • Understanding the function and importance of universal cabling standards
  • Determining when you have a cabling-related network problem
  • Assembling a complete cabling toolkit
  • Integrating voice and data on the same cable system
  • Setting up an infrastructure in which desktops, printers, copiers, and other nodes share cabling
  • Understanding issues of bandwidth, impedance, resistance, attenuation, crosstalk, capacitance, propagation, delay, and delay skew
  • Working effectively with USB and Firewire
  • Knowing when to discard legacy cabling and begin anew
  • Documenting your cabling
  • Creating an RFP and selecting a vendor
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Table of Contents


Part I Technology and Components.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Data Cabling.

Chapter 2: Cabling Specifications and Standards.

Chapter 3: Choosing the Correct Cabling.

Chapter 4: Cable System and Infrastructure Constraints.

Chapter 5: Cabling System Components.

Chapter 6: Tools of the Trade.

Part II Network Media and Connectors.

Chapter 7: Copper Cable Media.

Chapter 8: Wall Plates.

Chapter 9: Connectors.

Chapter 10: Fiber-Optic Media.

Chapter 11: Unbounded (Wireless) Media.

Part III Cabling Design and Installation.

Chapter 12: Cabling-System Design and Installation.

Chapter 13: Cable-Connector Installation.

Chapter 14: Cable-System Testing and Troubleshooting.

Chapter 15: Creating a Request for Proposal (RFP).

Chapter 16: Cabling @ Work: Experience from the Field.


Part IV Appendices.

Appendix A: Cabling Resources.

Appendix B: Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) Certification.

Appendix C: Home Cabling: Wiring Your Home for Now and the Future.

Appendix D: Overview of IEEE 1394 and USB Networking.

Appendix E: The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA) Certifications.


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Author Information

David Barnett is a network consultant and is revising the book in consultation with the authors of the first edition- Jim McBee and David Groth, authors of several Sybex books on Networking.
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