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Premises Cabling And Standards

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.

Student Assignment:
Watch the videos, read the references and take the quizzes (Test Your Comprehension)

Online FOA Reference:
Overview of cabling  
Cabling standards  
Book Chapter:
            FOA Reference Guide to Premises Cabling, Chapter 1

FOA YouTube Video
Premises Cabling Lecture 1: What Is Premises Cabling? 
Premises Cabling Lecture 3: Standards  
Premises Cabling Lecture 4: Cable Types 

Test Your Knowledge:

Online Quiz

Next:  Lesson 2: Cabling Jargon - The Language of Cabling        
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