Here 3-wire cable is run from a double-pole circuit breaker and split to supply 120 volts to two sets of receptacles. The neutral wire from the circuit is shared by both. This wiring is commonly used in a 20amp kitchen circuit where two appliance feeds are needed, such as for a refrigerator and a microwave in the same location.
Here one ground fault circuit interrupter protects multiple duplex receptacles coming after it, known as multiple-location protection. Two-wire cable runs from the gfci to all the following receptacles. The line terminals on the gfci are connected to the circuit source and the load terminals are connected with a pigtail splice to each of the following receptacles. This keeps each duplex connected directly to the gfci.
Use this wiring when the power source originates at the switch and you want to control both the fan and light from there. The hot source is connected directly to the bottom terminal on the switch. Two-wire cable runs from there to the ceiling fan.
In this diagram, two receptacle outlets are wired in the same box with a separate 120 volt source feeding each. Three-wire cable runs into the box. The black and red wires are hot and each is connected to one of the receptacles. The white, neutral wire is splice to each outlet so they share the return path. This is appropriate for standard duplex receptacles, but should not be used for GFCI receptacles. GFCI’s must have dedicated neutral connections to work properly.