Category Archives: Copper Networks

RJ45 vs SFP: Which Should I Use to Connect Two Switches?

When switches have both SFP port and Ethernet port for 1000Mbps connections, it is always the case for us to decide whether to use SFP fiber optic module or RJ45 Ethernet cable solution. Although it really depends on many factors, … Continue reading

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10G Stacking Over Cat6a or DAC

We have got benefits from the stacking of 10G SFP+ switches for the past decades, and the 10G SFP+ direct attach cable (DAC) makes the stacking low-cost. But when 10GBASE-T becomes a new port choice on 10G switches, stacking on … Continue reading

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Difference Between Passive and Active Twinax Cable Assembly

Optical fiber cabling had gone through rapid development over recent years and maintained its leading role in telecom field. While twinax cable still remained a good way to access the networking industry trends over the last three decades and presented … Continue reading

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Considerations of Planning a Pre-terminated Cabling Infrastructure

Pre-terminated cable assemblies including various trunk cables, patch cords, and plug-and-play cassettes provide a plug-and-play, time-saving and easy-to-deploy solution for links between switches, servers, patch panels and ZDA (Zone Distribution Areas) in a data center. However, compared to field-terminated cabling, … Continue reading

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Differences Between Phone & Network Cable

When connecting the computer to the network devices like switches and routers, you must use a network cable, namely an Ethernet patch cable. A regular phone cable will not work, even though it looks similar to a network cable. There … Continue reading

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