What are the cabling standards?

Cabling standards?

Cabling standards allows for every component associated with laying down cables to be the same so that there is no difference in equipment used for any building that needs to have cabling done.

This creates a universal set of rules and guidelines and equipment for any cabling scenario so that the job for a certain kind of cabling requirement is the same for everyone.

It is similar to non-iPhone phone chargers where the cables are made to fit any phone to charge them. It is like that but on a bigger scale as there need to be common media used as well as common connectors to make components universal.

There are three main cabling standards:


For each data size, this standard sets out the types of cables to be used on each occasion so that the same result is achieved. However, this is a US standard.

ISO/IEC 11801

This is an international standard so it applies to cabling done all over the world.

This provides a more detailed set of standards that outline what cabling should be used universally by everyone involved in cabling in homes, offices, industrial estates and data centres.

 BS EN 50173

This standard applies to Britain. This sets out its own rules for cabling used in homes, offices, industrial estates and data centres. Read more at ACCL.