The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) publish the ISO/IEC 11801 standard predominantly used in Europe. This standard was released in 1995 and is similar in many ways to the ANSI/TIA-568-C standard upon which it is based. The second edition was released in 2002 and is largely in harmony with ANSI/TIA-568-C. However, the ISO/IEC 11801 standard has a number of differences in terminology. Table 1 shows the common codes and elements of an ISO/IEC 11801 structured cabling system.
Differences between ANSI/TIA-568-C and ISO/IEC 11801 Ed. 2 include the following:
- ISO/IEC 11801 allows for an additional media type for use with backbone and horizontal cabling and 120 ohm UTP.
- The term consolidation point is much broader in ISO/IEC 11801; it includes not only transition points for under-carpet cable to round cable (as defined by ANSI/TIA-568-C), but also consolidation point connections.
A distributor in which building-to-building backbone cabling terminates and where connections to interbuilding or campus backbone cables are made.
Building entrance facilities
Location provided for the electrical and mechanical services necessary to support telecommunications cabling entering a building.
Distributor location from which campus backbone cabling emanates.
Location within a building dedicated to housing distributors and application-specific equipment.
A distributor used to connect horizontal cable to other cabling subsystems or equipment.
Cable from the floor distributor to the telecommunications outlet.
Cross-connection point between backbone cabling and horizontal cabling. May house telecommunications equipment, cable terminations, cross-connect cabling, and data networking equipment.
The point where the horizontal cabling terminates on a wall plate or other permanent fixture. The point is an interface to the work area cabling.
The location in horizontal cabling where a cable may end, which is not subject to moves and changes, and another cable starts leading to a telecommunications outlet, which easily adapts to changes.
Connects equipment in the work area (phones, computers, etc.) to the telecommunications outlet.
ISO/IEC 11801 Ed. 2 specifies a maximum permanent link length of 90 meters and a maximum channel link of 100 meters. Patch and equipment cord maximum lengths may be adjusted by formulas depending on the actual link lengths. Terminology differences between ANSI/TIA-568-C and ISO/IEC 11801 Ed. 2 include the following:
- The ISO/IEC 11801 Ed. 2 definition of the campus distributor (CD) is similar to the ANSI/TIA-568-C definition of a main cross-connect (MC).
- The ISO/IEC 11801 Ed. 2 definition of a floor distributor (FD) is defined by ANSI/TIA-568-C as the horizontal cross-connect (HC).
ISO/IEC 11801 Ed. 2 defines classes of applications and links based on the type of media used and the frequency requirements. ISO/IEC 11801 Ed. 2 specifies the following classes or channels of applications and links:
Class A For voice and low-frequency applications up to 100kHz.Class B For low-speed data applications operating at frequencies up to 1MHz.Class C For medium-speed data applications operating at frequencies up to 16MHz.Class D Concerns high-speed applications operating at frequencies up to 100MHz.Class E Concerns high-speed applications operating at frequencies up to 250MHz.Class EA Concerns high-speed applications operating at frequencies up to 500MHz.Class F Concerns high-speed applications operating at frequencies up to 600MHz.Class FA Concerns high-speed applications operating at frequencies up to 1000MHz.Optical Class An optional class for applications where bandwidth is not a limiting factor.