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Transmission MediaNo. 1
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Seattle Pacific University
Transmission Media:Wires, Cables, Fiber Optics, and Microwaves
Based on Chapter 4 of William Stallings,
Data andComputer Communication, 7
th
Ed.
Kevin BoldingElectrical EngineeringSeattle Pacific University
 
Transmission MediaNo. 2
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Seattle Pacific University
Transmission Media
A signal must be transmitted through some medium
Guided Media determine the path of the signal
Wires (cables, twisted pair, coax)
Fiber Optics
Other things…
Signals Propagate in all directions in Unguided Media
The medium is usually free space (air), but thesignal type gets the name
Refers to transmitting signals through passivemedia that does not change the signal’s direction
Microwaves, broadcast radio waves
Lasers, Infrared
 
Transmission MediaNo. 3
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Media Issues
Frequency range
Some media support higher frequencies than others
Impairments
Different media deform signals differently
Some are more susceptible to noise and distortion
Cost
We’re in the real world…
Number of receivers
Broadcast vs. point-to-point

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