Understanding Network Cable Type Acronym's

Understanding Network Cable Type Acronym's

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When buying network cable there are many different acronym's to get your head around so you select the correct cable type for your job.

The first letter of the acronym describes the overall screening. The second letter describes the screening of individual pairs and the TP refers to the Twisted Pairs.

The reason for the additional letter at the beginning of the acronym is to avoid confusion of the different types of screened cables which have been developed in the last few years.

Example - F/UTP

F - Describes the overall screen

U - Describes the screening of the pairs

TP - Describes the Twisted pairs

Different types of screening

U - Unscreened

F - Foil screening

S - Screened Braid

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U/UTP

Unscreened outer with unscreened twisted pairs

 

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F/UTP

Screened foil outer with unscreened twisted pairs.

 

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U/FTP

Unscreened outer with individual screened foil twisted pairs

 

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SF/UTP

Screened braid and foil outer with unscreened twisted pairs

 

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S/FTP

Screened braid outer with individual screened foil pairs.

 

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F/FTP

Screened foil outer with individual screened foil twisted pairs