This book is presented as an aid for information technology (IT) managers, consultants, cable installation engineers and system designers who need to understand the technology of the subject and the vast panoply of standards that accompany it. The book is a design manual for structured cabling and explains the terminology and physics behind the standards, what the relevant standards are, how they fit together and where to obtain them. Anybody studying this book will be able to read the standards, understand manufacturers’ data sheets and their conflicting claims and be suitably equipped to address those problems raised by the need to design, procure, install and test correctly a modern cabling system, using both copper and optical fibre cable technology.
The book is based upon the design recommendations of ISO/IEC 11801: Information Technology – generic cabling for customer premises, 2nd edition 2002. But this is only part of the story: ISO 11801 also references over a hundred other standards concerning product specification, EMC/EMI, testing, administration and cable containment. In many cases the standards give a range or set of design options that the reader can take, but with little advice on which route to pick. This book will endeavour to guide the reader around the standards and lead to a cable system design methodology suitable for all premises and campus cabling installations.