What Are the Categories of Structured Cabling Standards?

Category: Structured Cabling
March 10, 2022

Did you know that, according to various cabling research, the most common cause of network outages is low-quality cabling systems. Your business needs a reliable network to ensure that productivity isn’t affected. Luckily, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in conjunction with the EIA/TIA, gives and maintains standards and practices within the cabling industry. Take a look at the main structured cabling standards.


Before the ANSI/TIA in the mid-1980s, all communications and network cabling was proprietary and often suited to a single-purpose use. Under the guidance of the TIA TR-41 group and associated other subcommittees, in 1991 the TIA and EIA published their first version of the Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling System, which was called ANSI/TIA/EIA-568 and sometimes referred to as a TIA/EIA-568.

This standard has evolved over the years to its current form. It supports more than one vendor application, supports both voice and data, and much more. The standard addresses things like:

  • Subsystems of a structured cabling system 
  • Minimum requirements for the telecommunications cabling
  • The lifespan of a telecommunications cabling system technology 
  • Connector and pin assignments

ISO/IEC 11801

The ISO/IEC is the international standard followed worldwide for information technology systems. It standardizes and regulates structured cabling systems within an IT network. The ISO standards are strictly reviewed every five years, with the last review and revision taking place in 2017. The ISO standard deals with all the general standards for network cabling in commercial buildings, including:

  • Data
  • Voice and video services for cabling
  • Copper cabling
  • Fiber optic cabling

Cabling Standards During Installation

When a data cabling company installs a new structured cabling system, the specialist needs to follow the ANSI/TIA and ISO/IEC standards for the layout and physical installation of the cables. If they don’t, your network can end up becoming faulty. Be sure to hire an experienced data cabling company to install your structured cabling system right the first time.

The Experts Know What to Do

The expert cabling specialists at LanStar Systems know these standards and can ensure that your structured cabling system meets these standards. With years of experience and continuous training, we’re always up-to-date with the newest cabling technologies. Whether you want copper or fiber optic cabling, we’ve got you covered. Click here to request a FREE consultation. 


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