This article provides a brief overview of structured cabling.
According to Wikipedia’s article on “Structured Cabling” there are six subsystems into which structured cabling falls:
- Entrance Facilities – The termination point of the communications company’s network and the beginning point of one’s on-premises cabling.
- Equipment Rooms – Consolidates cabling generally within the same floor.
- Backbone Cabling – Usually runs between the various equipment rooms, which are often on different floors.
- Horizontal Cabling – Cabling that runs from an equipment room to an individual outlet.
- Telecommunications Rooms / Telecommunications Enclosures – Connects backbone cabling to horizontal cabling.
- Work Area Components – From the individual outlets (horizontal cabling) to the user’s equipment.
The standards for structured cabling are provided by various organizations (CENELEC, IEC, ISO, TIA), see above Wikipedia article for a listing of ANSI/TIA standards.
- I am unsure what the difference is here between equipment rooms and telecommunications rooms, seems as if they would be one and the same?↩