With the variety of cable types, pair counts, specific applications, categories and standards, figuring out just what exactly you need to buy for your latest installation project can turn into quite a hassle, rather quickly! But what if you already know what it is that you want? Many manufacturers and cable brands have very different ways of discerning their cables, and trying to figure out naming schemes is a waste of time. If what you want is finding the right part number when you know what you want, then Mohawk has got just the tool for you: The Mohawk Product Selection Guide:
With its simple and straightforward mechanics, the Mohawk product selection guide is a great tool to have access to that can streamline your jobsite workflows. Mohawk is a manufacturer of all the major mainstream types of copper and cable fibers, as can be seen from their wide product line up.
For those looking to understand a bit better how to use this tool, or if you may be unfamiliar with some of the terms in the product tool, take a look below as we break it down to the basics:
Understanding Cable Types
- UTP: Unshielded Twisted Pair cable is a common form of cabling which makes up much of modern day networking. The cable pairs are twisted at different rates which minimize crosstalk interference despite being unshielded.
- ScTP: This is the simplest form of shielded twisted pair, with a foil wrapper and a drain wire for grounding. As long as the larger bend radius is observed and care is taken not to break any part of the shield, ScTP will reduce signal loss and improve signal strength compared to regular UTP cables.
- Backbone: This type of cable generally has the highest capacities for a network and handles heavy traffic systems such as switches, routers and multiplexers. It may run the longest distances in any given network, as well, whether that encompasses a building, a complex, a county or a country.
- Patch: These smaller cables are pre-terminated on each end with a connector plug or socket. Used extensively in short distance applications, especially in data centers and at the end-users terminals.
- Coax: Coaxial cable is shielded copper cable in which all the components are arranged in an even pattern around the center, or axis (hence the name!). With thick center conductors and the ability to transmit high frequency signals, this has become a favored cable across many applications.
For more information about Mohawk cabling products, assistance with deciding what cables are needed for your jobsite, or for any other questions, please contact your local Accu-Tech sales representative today!