Before discussing the difference between UTP (unshielded twisted pair) and FTP (foil screen twisted pair) cables, we should first know what a UTP and FTP cable is.
UTP (unshielded twisted pair) cable:
- UTP cables are mainly used in telephone networks or computer networking. One of the major reasons behind their use in computer networking and telephone networks is their short length connections, which prove out to be less costly as compared to other cables such as optical fibre, coaxial cable and many more.
FTP (foil twisted pair) cable:
- FTP cables contain numerous pairs of copper wire that are surrounded by a case of aluminium foil. Shielded cables are mostly used in wiring systems and in certain places where heavy noises close to the wire can lead to any interference.
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Difference between shielded and unshielded cables:
Twisted pair cables are mainly used for conveying information across long distances. While transmitting the information, the chances of magnetic interference are very high. In order to reduce the interference; twisted cables are used because a twist in the cable will lower the chance of magnetic interference.
- FTP (Foil twisted pair) and UTP (unshielded twisted pair) cables are the two main cables used for twisted cabling. FTP cables come with additional shield, which is responsible for cancelling out the interference at any point of the cable. On the other hand, UTP cables do not come with any additional shield and also do not have any protection against the external interference.
- Shielded cables are mainly used in large scale companies and Unshielded cables in small offices and homes. Shielded cables offer maximum bandwidth, no matter if the external condition is ideal or not and this is the only reason behind its use in large scale companies.
- Unshielded cables are quite light as compared to Shielded cables and can be easily bent or manipulated because these cables do not come with any shielding material.
These are some of the major difference between shielded and non-shielded cables. However, for common use, you can choose any cable because there is not a huge difference between these two cables in terms of performance. UTP cables are often used for common use because of their lower cost and easy availability.
Conclusion UTP and FTP Cable:
Shielded cables can easily deal with the external interferences as compared to UTP cables. Moreover, shielded cables also offer maximum bandwidth, which will result in a faster network. With such massive benefits, you might think of using FTP cables, but you should first consider its cost and if it is within your budget, then only you should use it otherwise shift to UTP cables. In short, Unshielded cables are the perfect choice for SOHO (small office or home office) environment and shielded cables must be used more for running high end applications.
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