PC hardware--CPU & Motherboard & RAM/Ethernet.

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I know you can have a Network setup in a Star Topology or a Ring Topology or a Backbone Topology.

And every Topology will be diferant like 10Base 5 or 10Base 2 or 10Base T.

And they use Thinnet or Thicknet or Fiber Optic or U.T.P Cable.

And every Network can support diferant lengths of Cable.

I can not remember what lengths every Network can support.

So is a good rule to keep in my Head is this?
Never use a Cable longer then 50 Feet for PC to PC and even PC to HUB?

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Twisted pair is specified for maximum run lengths of 100 meters (roughly 330 feet), 10BASE2 is specified to ~200 meters, and 10BASE5 to 500 meters. 100BASE-FX (optical fibre) has a specified maximum of 412 meters. Other optical solutions have different maximum run lengths - 10BASE-FL up to 2000 meters (2km), 100BASE-SX to 550 meters, and 100BASE-BX into the tens of kilometers. As far as easy memory devices, I don't have any for twisted pair or optical, but the 2 in 10BASE2 was meant to stand for "200 meters" (in reality you should consider the maximum more around 180 meters: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10base2#Name_origination) and 10BASE5 for "500 meters."

If dealing with hubs, also remember the 5-4-3 rule; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5-4-3_rule

There are also other topology/connection considerations that have to be made for optical or thin/thicknet connections that differ from twisted pair - Wikipedia would be an easy place to start to familiarize yourself with those, or refer to the documentation of the equipment you're specifically working with.

-bob  

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