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  • Mar

    The folks at the Untangle project have an interesting post up about the impact of March Madness on network performance.  Check it out at

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  • Jan

    Thanks to a lot of hard work and perseverance from professor Dawkins, the MSDN Academic Alliance store is back online!  You can once again log in with your account and access Microsoft software.  Enjoy!

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  • Jan

    Did you know that as a student of WVU-Parkersburg, you qualify for the college’s student health insurance program!  You can learn more by visiting

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  • Nov

     Any WVU Parkersburg student is eligible for free tutoring!

    How to apply for tutoring:

    Step 1:  Print your Week at a Glance from OLSIS.

    Step 2:  Write your phone number, email address, and which class you would like tutoring for on the Week at a Glance.  Include the instructor’s name for the class.  You may have tutoring for up to two classes.

    Step 3:  Return your Week at a Glance to the Student Success Center (Room 0404) or email your Week at a Glance with the appropriate information to


    How to find your Week at a Glance in OLSIS:

    Click on Student Services tab

    1. Click on Registration
    2. Click on Week at a Glance


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  • Nov

    by Morph Sun (From

    A common network patch cable consists of eight wires with four twisted pairs. In the each side, the cable features RJ45 connectors, for instance the Enhanced Category5 (CAT5e) patch cable. It’s accustomed to develop connection with or between network devices and applications. This particular Ethernet cable is mainly used for connecting computers with devices such as routers, hubs or switches.

    However, so far as the utility of a CAT5e is concerned, it is chiefly used in Ethernet connection where one should join a host of the computing devices for enhanced connectivity. In fact, this cable supports connection on some sophisticated telecommunication platforms for example ATM. High-speed data transmission is its USP also it meets the cabling requirements of most from the Ethernet environments.

    One of the key reasons for the usability of this enhanced version of the CAT5 cable is it has a fair run length 100 meter that is enough for cabling in a small and medium-size Ethernet environment. Though within the recent years, CAT6 and CAT6e has been designed to offer run period of 550 meters and 1000 meters respectively, these products aren’t compatible with most of the network devices a sophisticated network uses. These are vendor-specific and also you need install just those hardware and software products which are fine with them. This unsuitability of latest category cables has occasioned such wide utilization of CAT5e which is universally accepted.

    Moreover, CAT5e patch cables are available in both unshielded twisted pair (UTP) and shielded twisted pair (STP) configurations. Though it holds true the UTP patch cables are comparatively more frequent, certain specific network applications demand the STP because the later is greatly useful in preventing transmission disturbances brought on by Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI).

    Network patch cables can be found in the stranded and solid variety too. Within the former, the primary cable consists of a cluster of thin cables in a metallic jacket, while the eight wires inside the cover are solid copper wires within the later. However, both in of these categories, the wires are coupled to create four pairs. Despite the fact that each of them offer seamless link with Internet, the stranded cable includes a greater degree of usability because of its interference and noise-canceling capability. The stranded variety is preferred to the solid category also since it involves lesser amount of risk in the process of unplugging.

    Crossover cable also operates as Ethernet patch cable and may connect two PCs together. While such an array of network patch cables is available in the marketplace, you have to consult a network engineer to know which will suit your Ethernet network the most.

    However, apart from the common four-pair patch cable, engineers may also opt for a fiber optic patch cable. Though the utility of CAT5e network cable has never been questioned, fiber patch cables are extensively used too. This variety is made of fiber optic material and also the connectors at the two different ends are also available in the fiber optic.

    About the author:

    Morph has been writing many articles and blogs online related to fiber optic networking. He is a specialist from FiberStore, a number one supplier company of optical patch cords, including MTP trunk cable and LC pigtail etc. It provides quality fiber optic products, services and solutions to a large number of customers worldwide.

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