A glossary of terms used on the OPENXTRA website.

Glossary

Ping

Ping is a simple tool used to test the availability and responsiveness of a networked device. Ping uses the ICMP echo request protocol defined in RFC 792 that is a part of the TCP/IP protocol.

Category 5 (CAT5) Cable

Category 5, or as it is more commonly known, CAT5 is a twisted pair cabling standard developed by the TIA.

Category 5e (CAT5e) Cable

CAT5e, short for Category 5 enhanced, is a twisted pair cable standard developed by the TIA & EIA.

Category 6 (CAT6) Cable

CAT6, short for Category 6, is a twisted pair cable standard developed by the TIA & EIA.

Ethernet Network Cabling

A wide range of cabling types have been used to run Ethernet systems. This document deals with copper cabling only, other standards exist for fibre optic cables.

Network Cable Testing

Testing new cabling is an important consideration. During the installation process cables can become damaged or kinked, insulation can be broken, some connections may be poorly crimped, and so on. Electrical interference and other environmental factors may affect network performance. You will probably need to produce a report for your customer validating that everything conforms to the required standards.

Network Cabling

Traditionally networks have involved connecting devices together using some type of cabling system. Wireless technologies allow networks to operate without physical connections between the devices. Most existing networks use cables of some sort.

Network Management

As soon as a device on your network sends a packet to another device, it is the network manager’s job to ensure the packet arrives at the destination(s) in a timely manner.

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