Data Communications Cabling FAQ

Data Communications Cabling FAQ

Post by pmac » Tue, 16 Dec 2003 18:43:23


rchive-name: LANs/cabling-faq
Posting-Frequency: monthly
Last-modified: 1995/03/05


C A B L I N G F A Q

Version 950305

This is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for the
comp.dcom.cabling newsgroup. Topics covered include the
types of cables (fiber, coax, copper, unshielded twisted
pair-UTP, shielded twisted pair), installation techniques,
standards as well as fire and building safety codes.

Prepared and maintained by Peter Macaulay ( XXXX@XXXXX.COM )
Constructive comments/updates are welcomed.

0.1 Recent Updates

The most recent changes are on the top of this list for easier
identification of the new stuff (push down stack). Format of
the version is year, month, day.

950305 - added rtfm.mit.edu approval, cable testing
950124 - added bending radius specs, ISDN cabling
950110 - added headers required for rtfm.mit posting
- expanded references with much help from Evan Gamblin

0.2 Copyright

Copyright (c) 1995 by Peter Macaulay, all rights reserved.

This FAQ may be posted to any USENET newsgroup, on-line service,
or BBS as long as it is posted in its entirety and includes this
copyright statement.

0.3 Disclaimer

This article is provided as is without any express or implied
warranties. While every effort has been taken to ensure the
accuracy of the information contained in this article, the
author and contributors assume no responsibility for errors
or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the
information contained herein.

THIS DOCUMENT IS A GUIDELINE ONLY -- SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE,
CHECK LOCAL BUILDING CODES AND APPLICABLE STANDARDS.

0.4 Acknowledgments

XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Bill Hughes)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Evan Gamblin)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (John Lundgren)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Mike Barker)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Henriecus Koeman)

TABLE OF CONTENTS
0.1 Recent Updates
0.2 Copyright
0.3 Disclaimer
0.4 Acknowledgments
1.0 Cable Types
2.0 Cable Ratings
3.0 National Electrical Code (NEC)
4.0 Not Used (Blank)
5.0 Specific Cable Classifications
6.0 Cable Conductors
7.0 Vendor Specific Suggestions
8.0 Cabling Standards
9.0 Standard EIA/TIA 568
10.0 Birds and Bees (Plugs vs. Jacks)
11.0 Standard Networking Configurations
12.0 Ethernet 10Base-T Cabling
13.0 Category Specifications
14.0 Sources for the EIA/TIA 568 Standards Documents
15.0 Cable Test Equipment
16.0 Cable Testers for Category 5
17.0 Typical Wiring Layout
18.0 How Far Away Should Cable be Installed from an EMI Source
19.0 What is the Minimum Bending Radius for a Cable?
20.0 Fiber Optic Cable
21.0 ISDN Cabling
22.0 Testing Unshielded Twisted Pair Cables
23.0 - 29.0 Not Used (Blank)
30.0 Sources of Additional Information

---------------------------

Subject: 1.0 Cable Types

Communications Cable: primarily for telephone cable
Class 2 Cable: signaling cable primarily for data communications
Riser: vertical shaft used to route cable between floors
Plenum: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) air return
area -- mostly drop ceilings. Also below raised floors
(where the underfloor area is used for ventilation).

------------------------------

Subject: 2.0 Cable Ratings

(Or What Are Those Codes Printed On My Cables?)
 
 
 

Data Communications Cabling FAQ

Post by pmac » Sat, 17 Jan 2004 18:16:34

rchive-name: LANs/cabling-faq
Posting-Frequency: monthly
Last-modified: 1995/03/05


C A B L I N G F A Q

Version 950305

This is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for the
comp.dcom.cabling newsgroup. Topics covered include the
types of cables (fiber, coax, copper, unshielded twisted
pair-UTP, shielded twisted pair), installation techniques,
standards as well as fire and building safety codes.

Prepared and maintained by Peter Macaulay ( XXXX@XXXXX.COM )
Constructive comments/updates are welcomed.

0.1 Recent Updates

The most recent changes are on the top of this list for easier
identification of the new stuff (push down stack). Format of
the version is year, month, day.

950305 - added rtfm.mit.edu approval, cable testing
950124 - added bending radius specs, ISDN cabling
950110 - added headers required for rtfm.mit posting
- expanded references with much help from Evan Gamblin

0.2 Copyright

Copyright (c) 1995 by Peter Macaulay, all rights reserved.

This FAQ may be posted to any USENET newsgroup, on-line service,
or BBS as long as it is posted in its entirety and includes this
copyright statement.

0.3 Disclaimer

This article is provided as is without any express or implied
warranties. While every effort has been taken to ensure the
accuracy of the information contained in this article, the
author and contributors assume no responsibility for errors
or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the
information contained herein.

THIS DOCUMENT IS A GUIDELINE ONLY -- SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE,
CHECK LOCAL BUILDING CODES AND APPLICABLE STANDARDS.

0.4 Acknowledgments

XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Bill Hughes)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Evan Gamblin)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (John Lundgren)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Mike Barker)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Henriecus Koeman)

TABLE OF CONTENTS
0.1 Recent Updates
0.2 Copyright
0.3 Disclaimer
0.4 Acknowledgments
1.0 Cable Types
2.0 Cable Ratings
3.0 National Electrical Code (NEC)
4.0 Not Used (Blank)
5.0 Specific Cable Classifications
6.0 Cable Conductors
7.0 Vendor Specific Suggestions
8.0 Cabling Standards
9.0 Standard EIA/TIA 568
10.0 Birds and Bees (Plugs vs. Jacks)
11.0 Standard Networking Configurations
12.0 Ethernet 10Base-T Cabling
13.0 Category Specifications
14.0 Sources for the EIA/TIA 568 Standards Documents
15.0 Cable Test Equipment
16.0 Cable Testers for Category 5
17.0 Typical Wiring Layout
18.0 How Far Away Should Cable be Installed from an EMI Source
19.0 What is the Minimum Bending Radius for a Cable?
20.0 Fiber Optic Cable
21.0 ISDN Cabling
22.0 Testing Unshielded Twisted Pair Cables
23.0 - 29.0 Not Used (Blank)
30.0 Sources of Additional Information

---------------------------

Subject: 1.0 Cable Types

Communications Cable: primarily for telephone cable
Class 2 Cable: signaling cable primarily for data communications
Riser: vertical shaft used to route cable between floors
Plenum: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) air return
area -- mostly drop ceilings. Also below raised floors
(where the underfloor area is used for ventilation).

------------------------------

Subject: 2.0 Cable Ratings

(Or What Are Those Codes Printed On My Cables?)

 
 
 

Data Communications Cabling FAQ

Post by pmac » Sat, 30 Oct 2004 13:24:16

rchive-name: LANs/cabling-faq
Posting-Frequency: monthly
Last-modified: 1995/03/05


C A B L I N G F A Q

Version 950305

This is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for the
comp.dcom.cabling newsgroup. Topics covered include the
types of cables (fiber, coax, copper, unshielded twisted
pair-UTP, shielded twisted pair), installation techniques,
standards as well as fire and building safety codes.

Prepared and maintained by Peter Macaulay ( XXXX@XXXXX.COM )
Constructive comments/updates are welcomed.

0.1 Recent Updates

The most recent changes are on the top of this list for easier
identification of the new stuff (push down stack). Format of
the version is year, month, day.

950305 - added rtfm.mit.edu approval, cable testing
950124 - added bending radius specs, ISDN cabling
950110 - added headers required for rtfm.mit posting
- expanded references with much help from Evan Gamblin

0.2 Copyright

Copyright (c) 1995 by Peter Macaulay, all rights reserved.

This FAQ may be posted to any USENET newsgroup, on-line service,
or BBS as long as it is posted in its entirety and includes this
copyright statement.

0.3 Disclaimer

This article is provided as is without any express or implied
warranties. While every effort has been taken to ensure the
accuracy of the information contained in this article, the
author and contributors assume no responsibility for errors
or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the
information contained herein.

THIS DOCUMENT IS A GUIDELINE ONLY -- SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE,
CHECK LOCAL BUILDING CODES AND APPLICABLE STANDARDS.

0.4 Acknowledgments

XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Bill Hughes)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Evan Gamblin)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (John Lundgren)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Mike Barker)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Henriecus Koeman)

TABLE OF CONTENTS
0.1 Recent Updates
0.2 Copyright
0.3 Disclaimer
0.4 Acknowledgments
1.0 Cable Types
2.0 Cable Ratings
3.0 National Electrical Code (NEC)
4.0 Not Used (Blank)
5.0 Specific Cable Classifications
6.0 Cable Conductors
7.0 Vendor Specific Suggestions
8.0 Cabling Standards
9.0 Standard EIA/TIA 568
10.0 Birds and Bees (Plugs vs. Jacks)
11.0 Standard Networking Configurations
12.0 Ethernet 10Base-T Cabling
13.0 Category Specifications
14.0 Sources for the EIA/TIA 568 Standards Documents
15.0 Cable Test Equipment
16.0 Cable Testers for Category 5
17.0 Typical Wiring Layout
18.0 How Far Away Should Cable be Installed from an EMI Source
19.0 What is the Minimum Bending Radius for a Cable?
20.0 Fiber Optic Cable
21.0 ISDN Cabling
22.0 Testing Unshielded Twisted Pair Cables
23.0 - 29.0 Not Used (Blank)
30.0 Sources of Additional Information

---------------------------

Subject: 1.0 Cable Types

Communications Cable: primarily for telephone cable
Class 2 Cable: signaling cable primarily for data communications
Riser: vertical shaft used to route cable between floors
Plenum: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) air return
area -- mostly drop ceilings. Also below raised floors
(where the underfloor area is used for ventilation).

------------------------------

Subject: 2.0 Cable Ratings

(Or What Are Those Codes Printed On My Cables?)
 
 
 

Data Communications Cabling FAQ

Post by pmac » Mon, 29 Nov 2004 14:16:22

rchive-name: LANs/cabling-faq
Posting-Frequency: monthly
Last-modified: 1995/03/05


C A B L I N G F A Q

Version 950305

This is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for the
comp.dcom.cabling newsgroup. Topics covered include the
types of cables (fiber, coax, copper, unshielded twisted
pair-UTP, shielded twisted pair), installation techniques,
standards as well as fire and building safety codes.

Prepared and maintained by Peter Macaulay ( XXXX@XXXXX.COM )
Constructive comments/updates are welcomed.

0.1 Recent Updates

The most recent changes are on the top of this list for easier
identification of the new stuff (push down stack). Format of
the version is year, month, day.

950305 - added rtfm.mit.edu approval, cable testing
950124 - added bending radius specs, ISDN cabling
950110 - added headers required for rtfm.mit posting
- expanded references with much help from Evan Gamblin

0.2 Copyright

Copyright (c) 1995 by Peter Macaulay, all rights reserved.

This FAQ may be posted to any USENET newsgroup, on-line service,
or BBS as long as it is posted in its entirety and includes this
copyright statement.

0.3 Disclaimer

This article is provided as is without any express or implied
warranties. While every effort has been taken to ensure the
accuracy of the information contained in this article, the
author and contributors assume no responsibility for errors
or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the
information contained herein.

THIS DOCUMENT IS A GUIDELINE ONLY -- SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE,
CHECK LOCAL BUILDING CODES AND APPLICABLE STANDARDS.

0.4 Acknowledgments

XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Bill Hughes)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Evan Gamblin)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (John Lundgren)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Mike Barker)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Henriecus Koeman)

TABLE OF CONTENTS
0.1 Recent Updates
0.2 Copyright
0.3 Disclaimer
0.4 Acknowledgments
1.0 Cable Types
2.0 Cable Ratings
3.0 National Electrical Code (NEC)
4.0 Not Used (Blank)
5.0 Specific Cable Classifications
6.0 Cable Conductors
7.0 Vendor Specific Suggestions
8.0 Cabling Standards
9.0 Standard EIA/TIA 568
10.0 Birds and Bees (Plugs vs. Jacks)
11.0 Standard Networking Configurations
12.0 Ethernet 10Base-T Cabling
13.0 Category Specifications
14.0 Sources for the EIA/TIA 568 Standards Documents
15.0 Cable Test Equipment
16.0 Cable Testers for Category 5
17.0 Typical Wiring Layout
18.0 How Far Away Should Cable be Installed from an EMI Source
19.0 What is the Minimum Bending Radius for a Cable?
20.0 Fiber Optic Cable
21.0 ISDN Cabling
22.0 Testing Unshielded Twisted Pair Cables
23.0 - 29.0 Not Used (Blank)
30.0 Sources of Additional Information

---------------------------

Subject: 1.0 Cable Types

Communications Cable: primarily for telephone cable
Class 2 Cable: signaling cable primarily for data communications
Riser: vertical shaft used to route cable between floors
Plenum: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) air return
area -- mostly drop ceilings. Also below raised floors
(where the underfloor area is used for ventilation).

------------------------------

Subject: 2.0 Cable Ratings

(Or What Are Those Codes Printed On My Cables?)
 
 
 

Data Communications Cabling FAQ

Post by pmac » Sat, 29 Jan 2005 14:44:24

rchive-name: LANs/cabling-faq
Posting-Frequency: monthly
Last-modified: 1995/03/05


C A B L I N G F A Q

Version 950305

This is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for the
comp.dcom.cabling newsgroup. Topics covered include the
types of cables (fiber, coax, copper, unshielded twisted
pair-UTP, shielded twisted pair), installation techniques,
standards as well as fire and building safety codes.

Prepared and maintained by Peter Macaulay ( XXXX@XXXXX.COM )
Constructive comments/updates are welcomed.

0.1 Recent Updates

The most recent changes are on the top of this list for easier
identification of the new stuff (push down stack). Format of
the version is year, month, day.

950305 - added rtfm.mit.edu approval, cable testing
950124 - added bending radius specs, ISDN cabling
950110 - added headers required for rtfm.mit posting
- expanded references with much help from Evan Gamblin

0.2 Copyright

Copyright (c) 1995 by Peter Macaulay, all rights reserved.

This FAQ may be posted to any USENET newsgroup, on-line service,
or BBS as long as it is posted in its entirety and includes this
copyright statement.

0.3 Disclaimer

This article is provided as is without any express or implied
warranties. While every effort has been taken to ensure the
accuracy of the information contained in this article, the
author and contributors assume no responsibility for errors
or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the
information contained herein.

THIS DOCUMENT IS A GUIDELINE ONLY -- SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE,
CHECK LOCAL BUILDING CODES AND APPLICABLE STANDARDS.

0.4 Acknowledgments

XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Bill Hughes)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Evan Gamblin)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (John Lundgren)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Mike Barker)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Henriecus Koeman)

TABLE OF CONTENTS
0.1 Recent Updates
0.2 Copyright
0.3 Disclaimer
0.4 Acknowledgments
1.0 Cable Types
2.0 Cable Ratings
3.0 National Electrical Code (NEC)
4.0 Not Used (Blank)
5.0 Specific Cable Classifications
6.0 Cable Conductors
7.0 Vendor Specific Suggestions
8.0 Cabling Standards
9.0 Standard EIA/TIA 568
10.0 Birds and Bees (Plugs vs. Jacks)
11.0 Standard Networking Configurations
12.0 Ethernet 10Base-T Cabling
13.0 Category Specifications
14.0 Sources for the EIA/TIA 568 Standards Documents
15.0 Cable Test Equipment
16.0 Cable Testers for Category 5
17.0 Typical Wiring Layout
18.0 How Far Away Should Cable be Installed from an EMI Source
19.0 What is the Minimum Bending Radius for a Cable?
20.0 Fiber Optic Cable
21.0 ISDN Cabling
22.0 Testing Unshielded Twisted Pair Cables
23.0 - 29.0 Not Used (Blank)
30.0 Sources of Additional Information

---------------------------

Subject: 1.0 Cable Types

Communications Cable: primarily for telephone cable
Class 2 Cable: signaling cable primarily for data communications
Riser: vertical shaft used to route cable between floors
Plenum: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) air return
area -- mostly drop ceilings. Also below raised floors
(where the underfloor area is used for ventilation).

------------------------------

Subject: 2.0 Cable Ratings

(Or What Are Those Codes Printed On My Cables?)
 
 
 

Data Communications Cabling FAQ

Post by pmac » Tue, 31 May 2005 13:28:50

rchive-name: LANs/cabling-faq
Posting-Frequency: monthly
Last-modified: 1995/03/05


C A B L I N G F A Q

Version 950305

This is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for the
comp.dcom.cabling newsgroup. Topics covered include the
types of cables (fiber, coax, copper, unshielded twisted
pair-UTP, shielded twisted pair), installation techniques,
standards as well as fire and building safety codes.

Prepared and maintained by Peter Macaulay ( XXXX@XXXXX.COM )
Constructive comments/updates are welcomed.

0.1 Recent Updates

The most recent changes are on the top of this list for easier
identification of the new stuff (push down stack). Format of
the version is year, month, day.

950305 - added rtfm.mit.edu approval, cable testing
950124 - added bending radius specs, ISDN cabling
950110 - added headers required for rtfm.mit posting
- expanded references with much help from Evan Gamblin

0.2 Copyright

Copyright (c) 1995 by Peter Macaulay, all rights reserved.

This FAQ may be posted to any USENET newsgroup, on-line service,
or BBS as long as it is posted in its entirety and includes this
copyright statement.

0.3 Disclaimer

This article is provided as is without any express or implied
warranties. While every effort has been taken to ensure the
accuracy of the information contained in this article, the
author and contributors assume no responsibility for errors
or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the
information contained herein.

THIS DOCUMENT IS A GUIDELINE ONLY -- SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE,
CHECK LOCAL BUILDING CODES AND APPLICABLE STANDARDS.

0.4 Acknowledgments

XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Bill Hughes)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Evan Gamblin)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (John Lundgren)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Mike Barker)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Henriecus Koeman)

TABLE OF CONTENTS
0.1 Recent Updates
0.2 Copyright
0.3 Disclaimer
0.4 Acknowledgments
1.0 Cable Types
2.0 Cable Ratings
3.0 National Electrical Code (NEC)
4.0 Not Used (Blank)
5.0 Specific Cable Classifications
6.0 Cable Conductors
7.0 Vendor Specific Suggestions
8.0 Cabling Standards
9.0 Standard EIA/TIA 568
10.0 Birds and Bees (Plugs vs. Jacks)
11.0 Standard Networking Configurations
12.0 Ethernet 10Base-T Cabling
13.0 Category Specifications
14.0 Sources for the EIA/TIA 568 Standards Documents
15.0 Cable Test Equipment
16.0 Cable Testers for Category 5
17.0 Typical Wiring Layout
18.0 How Far Away Should Cable be Installed from an EMI Source
19.0 What is the Minimum Bending Radius for a Cable?
20.0 Fiber Optic Cable
21.0 ISDN Cabling
22.0 Testing Unshielded Twisted Pair Cables
23.0 - 29.0 Not Used (Blank)
30.0 Sources of Additional Information

---------------------------

Subject: 1.0 Cable Types

Communications Cable: primarily for telephone cable
Class 2 Cable: signaling cable primarily for data communications
Riser: vertical shaft used to route cable between floors
Plenum: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) air return
area -- mostly drop ceilings. Also below raised floors
(where the underfloor area is used for ventilation).

------------------------------

Subject: 2.0 Cable Ratings

(Or What Are Those Codes Printed On My Cables?)
 
 
 

Data Communications Cabling FAQ

Post by pmac » Fri, 01 Jul 2005 13:28:40

rchive-name: LANs/cabling-faq
Posting-Frequency: monthly
Last-modified: 1995/03/05


C A B L I N G F A Q

Version 950305

This is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for the
comp.dcom.cabling newsgroup. Topics covered include the
types of cables (fiber, coax, copper, unshielded twisted
pair-UTP, shielded twisted pair), installation techniques,
standards as well as fire and building safety codes.

Prepared and maintained by Peter Macaulay ( XXXX@XXXXX.COM )
Constructive comments/updates are welcomed.

0.1 Recent Updates

The most recent changes are on the top of this list for easier
identification of the new stuff (push down stack). Format of
the version is year, month, day.

950305 - added rtfm.mit.edu approval, cable testing
950124 - added bending radius specs, ISDN cabling
950110 - added headers required for rtfm.mit posting
- expanded references with much help from Evan Gamblin

0.2 Copyright

Copyright (c) 1995 by Peter Macaulay, all rights reserved.

This FAQ may be posted to any USENET newsgroup, on-line service,
or BBS as long as it is posted in its entirety and includes this
copyright statement.

0.3 Disclaimer

This article is provided as is without any express or implied
warranties. While every effort has been taken to ensure the
accuracy of the information contained in this article, the
author and contributors assume no responsibility for errors
or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the
information contained herein.

THIS DOCUMENT IS A GUIDELINE ONLY -- SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE,
CHECK LOCAL BUILDING CODES AND APPLICABLE STANDARDS.

0.4 Acknowledgments

XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Bill Hughes)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Evan Gamblin)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (John Lundgren)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Mike Barker)
XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Henriecus Koeman)

TABLE OF CONTENTS
0.1 Recent Updates
0.2 Copyright
0.3 Disclaimer
0.4 Acknowledgments
1.0 Cable Types
2.0 Cable Ratings
3.0 National Electrical Code (NEC)
4.0 Not Used (Blank)
5.0 Specific Cable Classifications
6.0 Cable Conductors
7.0 Vendor Specific Suggestions
8.0 Cabling Standards
9.0 Standard EIA/TIA 568
10.0 Birds and Bees (Plugs vs. Jacks)
11.0 Standard Networking Configurations
12.0 Ethernet 10Base-T Cabling
13.0 Category Specifications
14.0 Sources for the EIA/TIA 568 Standards Documents
15.0 Cable Test Equipment
16.0 Cable Testers for Category 5
17.0 Typical Wiring Layout
18.0 How Far Away Should Cable be Installed from an EMI Source
19.0 What is the Minimum Bending Radius for a Cable?
20.0 Fiber Optic Cable
21.0 ISDN Cabling
22.0 Testing Unshielded Twisted Pair Cables
23.0 - 29.0 Not Used (Blank)
30.0 Sources of Additional Information

---------------------------

Subject: 1.0 Cable Types

Communications Cable: primarily for telephone cable
Class 2 Cable: signaling cable primarily for data communications
Riser: vertical shaft used to route cable between floors
Plenum: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) air return
area -- mostly drop ceilings. Also below raised floors
(where the underfloor area is used for ventilation).

------------------------------

Subject: 2.0 Cable Ratings

(Or What Are Those Codes Printed On My Cables?)