Every month we at Rottweiler repair service issues that are overlooked by un-certified, untrained and unlicensed installers or installed using substandard wire imported from third world countries. If you pay retail for installation, receive a quality installation using cable that is guaranteed a commercial standard from Rottweiler?
Networks change, wiring standards change and so does the wire used to run a network. What you knew about networking last year may no longer be the current standard. Keeping current with the standards of wiring and cable installation is necessary if you want to offer your client a network designed for their hardware. Problems created by poor installation, cable manufactured outside of the current wiring standards and installed by untrained individuals cost businesses millions of dollars in both unproductively and data loss.
The organizations or associations that set wiring standards are groups of professionals that define what the wiring standards are for the evolving networks of today’s business world. Manufacturers adhere to those standards by manufacturing cable to meet the cable-performance specifications defined in the wiring standard. Cable designed 5 years ago was made with the standards set at that time and may not necessarily meet the standard for your equipment today. Some of the associations that set the standards are:
- ANSI = American National Standards Institute Note: Ethernet standard updated 2/22/2009
- TIA = Telecommunications Industry Association Note: Ethernet standard updated 3/12/2009
- EIA = Electronic Components Industry Association
- BICSI = Building Industry Consulting Services International
- NEMA = National Electrical Manufacturers Association
- NECA = National Electrical Contractors Association
If you want to install the cable correctly one of the requirements you must follow is the ANSI/NECA/BICSI-568-2006 standard. This standard describes minimum requirements and procedures for that installation. This standard covers the infrastructure for telecommunications that includes balanced twisted pair copper cabling and optical fiber cabling that will transport telecommunications signals (e.g., voice, data, video). This standard describes the necessity for the work to be done in a “neat and workmanlike manner,” which is also referenced in ANSI/NFPA 70 and , the National Electrical Code® (NEC).
Referenced in Article 800.24 of the National Electric Code it is noted that “Mechanical Execution of Work, as a Fine Print Note that states: Accepted industry practices are described in ANSI/NECA/BICSI-568-2006, Standard for Installing Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling;…” The 2008 National Electrical Code Standard is the standard for the installation and is also used as a a safety code that is widely used in the USA. This standard also points to ANSI/NECA/BICSI standards as a best practices resource.