Ethernet today is most commonly seen in the 10/100TX variety which means 'ten or one hundred megabit over twisted pair'. Category 5 cabling is the most common form of twisted pair used to connect ethernet segments, though there are other cable types:

Media Name Type Range
Thinnet Coaxial  
Thicknet Coaxial  
10bT Twisted Pair
(Copper)
 
100bT Twisted Pair
(Copper)
 
100FX Fiber Optic  
1000FX Fiber Optic  

 


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