From Industrial Data Communications 4th Edition

In the text we look at the way data is represented (a set of patterns referred to as "1" or
"0") generally in a set of these patterns called an octet or a byte (or sometimes a character
when referring to text), and we have looked at the abstraction of a model to see the functions
required to move these data representations from one end user to another. We will
now look at another of the fundamentals of communications, the medium over which we
transmit those data representations, the very bottom of the OSI Model, the media. This is the
location where the Physical layer attaches to the outside world, the conduit for information.

All things in data communications are related, and if they are all not correct you do not
communicate very well. Sometimes called pipes, the media is the main constraint on data
transfer speed. There are three types of media in general we will discuss, these are: the
copper types, fiber-optic types, and wireless types. Since this probably covers all media normally
used, that isn't too restrictive. Of the copper types, three generally come to mind in
the LAN and industrial areas: the Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP),...


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