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DATA TRANSMISSION MEDIA
The sender-medium-receiver concept has actually been with us for a very long
time. For example, shouting to another person does in fact involve voice
transmission over a distance via the medium air, which carries the sound wave.
Needless to say, the use of telephone lines as a transmission medium considerably
enhances the possible distance. Like telephone lines, there are several types of
physical channels (communication media) through which data can be transmitted
from one point to another. Some of the most common data transmission medium
are briefly described below. Twisted-Pair Wire
A twisted-pair wire consists of two bunches of thin copper wires, each bunch
enclosed separately in a plastic insulation, then twisted around each other to
reduce interference by adjacent wires (see Figure 17.3). It is also called unshielded
twisted-pair (UTP) cable because other than the plastic coating around the two
individual bunches of copper wires, nothing shields it from outside interference.
UTP cables are commonly used in local telephone communication and short
distance (up to about 1 km) digital data transmission. They are normally used to
connect terminals to the main computer if they are placed at a short distance from
the main computer! Data transmission speed of up to 9600 bits per second (or
9600 baud) can be achieved if the distance is not more than 100 meters. However,
for longer distance data transmission, local telephone lines are used. In this case,
typical speed of digital signal transmission is 1200 bits per second.
UTP cables are an inexpensive medium of data transmission. They are easy to
install and use. However, their use is limited because they easily pick up noise
signals, which results in high error rates when the line length extends beyond 100
Coaxial cables are groups of specially wrapped and insulated wire lines that are
able to transmit data at high rates. As shown in Figure 17.4, they consist of a
central copper wire sur...
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