CompTIA A+ Core 1: Cable Types & Connectors

CompTIA A+    |    Beginner
  • 18 videos | 1h 54m 1s
  • Includes Assessment
  • Earns a Badge
Technicians need to familiarize themselves with the vast array of cable options and connector types. Discover the most common cables and adapters encountered when working with computers and mobile devices. Explore Ethernet cable types, the differences between shielded twisted pair (STP) and unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cabling, and the basics of fiber optic and coaxial cabling. Next, learn the speed and transmission limitations of various network cables. Discover different video cables and learn about using Lightning and Thunderbolt cables. Then, examine Universal Serial Bus (USB) cables and the differences between USB, USB-C, USB2.0, and USB3.0. Explore serial peripheral cables and hard drive cables such as SATA (Serial AT Attachment), IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics), and SCSI (Small Computer System Interface). Finally, learn to differentiate between adapters such as DVI to HDMI, USB to Ethernet, and DVI to VGA and explore how computers utilize several types of connectors and converters. This course will prepare learners for the CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1101) certification exam.


  • discover the key concepts covered in this course
    differentiate between ethernet cable types such as Cat5, Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a, coaxial, and plenum
    differentiate between shielded twisted pair (STP) and unshielded twisted pair (UTP) wiring
    identify the benefits of fiber cabling
    list speed and transmission limitations for different network cables
    outline the T568A and T5669B wiring standards
    identify video cables such as high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI), DisplayPort, digital visual interface (DVI), and video graphics array (VGA)
    differentiate between USB, USB-C, USB2.0, USB3.0 cables
    identify peripheral cable types including serial and Thunderbolt
  • differentiate between serial advanced technology attachment (SATA), small computer system interface (SCSI), external SATA (ESATA), and integrated drive electronics (IDE) hard drive cables
    differentiate between adapters such as DVI to HDMI, USB to ethernet, and DVI to VGA
    differentiate between RJ-11 and RJ-45 connectors
    differentiate between USB connector types including microUSB, miniUSB, and USB C
    differentiate between straight tip (ST), subscriber connector (SC), and Lucent connector (LC)
    provide an overview of punch down blocks
    provide an overview of DB-9, lightning ports, and F connectors
    Identify the different types of Molex connectors
    summarize the key concepts covered in this course



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