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CompTIA A+ 220-1001: Basic Cable Types

CompTIA A+ 220-1001: Basic Cable Types

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Examine the most common cable types and adapters you'll likely encounter when working with computers and mobile devices, including network, video, multipurpose, peripheral, and hard drive cables.

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CompTIA A+ 220-1001: Basic Cable Types

  • differentiate between Ethernet cable types such as Cat5, Cat5e, Cat6, Plenum, and 568A/B
  • differentiate between shielded twisted pair and unshielded twisted pair
  • describe the benefits of fiber cabling
  • list the benefits and limitations of coaxial cable
  • list speed and transmission limitations for different network cables
  • describe different video cables such as VGA, HDMI, Mini HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, and DVI-D/DVI-I
  • recognize when to use Lightning cables
  • recognize when to use Thunderbolt cables
  • differentiate between USB, USB-C, USB2.0, USB3.0
  • describe serial peripheral cables
  • differentiate between SATA, IDE, and SCSI hard drive cables
  • differentiate between adapters such as DVI to HDMI, USB to Ethernet, and DVI to VGA
  • work with network cables
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