Introduction to Structured Cabling (Cat5 & Cat6)

1 Day Course
Code PDN100

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


This 1-day course is designed to give delegates an introduction to Cat 5 & Cat 6 structured cabling terminology and concepts. Delegates who should attend are managers and engineers requiring an introduction to structured cabling, sales and marketing staff requiring an appreciation of structured cabling, non-engineers who wish to become familiar with the terminology and basics and maintenance staff who may be attending to basic problems. Delegates who require a technical hands on course on structured cabling should look at the City and Guilds 3666 Unit 4 training course.


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Introduction (4 topics)

  • What structured cabling is
  • Networks
  • Definitions
  • Why cabling is important

Evolution (5 topics)

  • Older systems
  • Insulated cables
  • Computer systems
  • Topologies
  • Ethernet

Testing (5 topics)

  • Testing to standards
  • Using Cat 5/6 testers
  • Setting up
  • Test parameters
  • Interpretation of results

Voice Systems (5 topics)

  • Components of a network
  • Telephone cables
  • Colour codes
  • DPs
  • Integration of voice over data

Practical exercises (3 topics)

  • Terminating RJ45 connectors
  • Terminating into patch panels
  • Testing installed cabling

Shielded Systems (4 topics)

  • Shielded cables
  • FTP and shielded connectors
  • EMC and EMI
  • Earth and bonding

Cables (8 topics)

  • Copper cables
  • UTP
  • Cable categories
  • Cat 5
  • Cat 5e
  • Cat 6
  • Link classes
  • Shielded cables

Components (5 topics)

  • Datacomms components
  • RJ45 connectors
  • Cabinets
  • Patch panels
  • Voice components

Standards and Generic Cabling (7 topics)

  • Evolution of standards
  • Template for structured cabling
  • Cabling sub-systems
  • Links
  • Channels
  • Benefits and drawbacks
  • Philosophy

Installation and Termination (6 topics)

  • Safety considerations
  • Installation guide lines
  • Cable containment
  • Termination
  • Wiring schemes
  • Termination in patch panels

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