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Lesson 4. Copper Cabling Level: Technician

Objectives: From this lesson you should learn:
How UTP cable is used to transmit signals for communications
Grades of UTP cable
Installation and termination of UTP cable
Testing UTP cabling systems

Because computer networking evolved over several decades, many different cabling solutions have been used, starting with coax for its higher bandwidth capability and moving to twisted pair cable when the technology for using it at higher speeds was developed. Today, virtually all premises copper cabling in the US with the exception of video cables has moved to unshielded twisted pair (UTP) as specified in the EIA/TIA 568 standard in the US and ISO/IEC 11801 worldwide. UTP is used because it is inexpensive, may already be in place, is familiar to installers and is simple to install. UTP cable has been a standard cable for telephone systems for almost a century, where it is generally used for analog phone systems (POTS or plain old telephone service.)
This lesson will focus on UTP cabling and finish with a short lesson on coax.

Student Assignment:
Watch the video, read the references and take the quizzes (Test Your Comprehension)

FOA YouTube Videos
Premises Cabling Lecture 5: Installing UTP 
Premises Cabling Lecture 6: Terminating UTP  
Premises Cabling Lecture 7: Testing UTP  
Premises Cabling Lecture 8: Coax Cable  
UTP "Cat 5" Cabling, Part 1, Tools
UTP "Cat 5" Cabling, Part 2, The Training Board
UTP "Cat 5" Cabling, Part 3, UTP Cable
UTP "Cat 5" Cabling, Part 4, 66 Block Punchdown
UTP "Cat 5" Cabling, Part 5, 110 Block Punchdown
UTP "Cat 5" Cabling, Part 6, Jacks
UTP "Cat 5" Cabling, Part 7, Testing
UTP "Cat 5" Cabling, Part 8, Plugs and Patchcords 

Online FOA Reference:
Copper Cabling:  UTP cabling, UTP Installation, UTP Termination, UTP Testing, UTP Wiremapping, Coax Cable    

Book Chapter:
            FOA Reference Guide to Premises Cabling, Chapter 4

Test Your Knowledge:
Online Quiz,  Quiz: TerminationQuiz: Installation

Extra Credit Reading
View the UTP tutorial VHO (virtual hands-on) presentations on terminating UTP 110 blocks, 66 blocks, Jacks and Plugs and Coax    

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