Objectives: From this lesson you should learn:
How communications cabling developed
The role of cabling in communications
How standards develop and ensure interoperability
Differences between standards and codes
The history of communications is also the history of cabling. From the beginnings with the telegraph through the telephone up to the Internet, the transmission of signals depended on cabling. Even wireless only was a substitute for cabling along certain links, since it connected back into the cabling network at many points.
From this lesson you should learn what premises cabling is and how (and why) it became standardized. You should learn what the architecture of a standards-based premises cabling system looks like, who creates these standards and how standards differ from building and/or electrical codes.
Watch the videos, read the references and take the quizzes (Test Your Comprehension)
FOA YouTube Video
Premises Cabling Lecture 1: What Is Premises Cabling?
Premises Cabling Lecture 3: Standards
Premises Cabling Lecture 4: Cable Types
Online FOA Reference:
Overview of cabling
FOA Reference Guide to Premises Cabling, Chapter 1
Test Your Knowledge:
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