There are certain expressions in this blog and the telecommunications industry that don’t get used much in everyday conversation. Here is a quick list of terms that can help make things just a little clearer.
Backbone cabling: a subsystem of structured cabling that connects entrance facilities, equipment rooms and telecommunications rooms and enclosures.
BICSI: Building Industry Consulting Service International; a worldwide association that provides education, resources and accreditation to telecommunications professionals who design or install low-voltage distribution systems for commercial and residential use.
Cable trays: metal cable management equipment used to create information transport systems; the six types of cable tray are channel, ladder, single rail, solid bottom, trough and wire mesh
Cat 5: category 5, a type of cabling that transmits data at speeds of up to 100Mbps
Cat 5e: category 5e, the enhanced version of cat 5 cabling that transmits data at speeds of up to 1000Mbps
Cat 6: category 6, a type of cabling that supports a greater bandwidth than category 5e at 250 MHz and has a date transmission speed of up to 1000 Mbps
Cat 6A: category 6A, a type of cabling that supports a greater bandwidth than cat 6 at 500 MHz and has a date transmission speed of up to 10Gb/s
Crosstalk: electromagnetic interference from one wire or cable to another in a network system; this can include near end crosstalk (NEXT), far end crosstalk (FEXT) and alien crosstalk (AXT)
Ethernet: a type of cabling commonly used for high-speed computer networks; Ethernet is also the predominant choice for wiring local-area networks and is used in private households for connecting to a cable or DSL modem when accessing the internet using broadband
Fiber optics: a type of cabling chiefly used in telecommunications that transmits data in the form of light signals rather than electrical impulses
Information transport: the high-capacity transport of data, voice, and video from one source to another
Key system: a business phone system utilizing a number of buttons with lights to indicate which lines are in use; key systems are generally found in companies of 50 employees or fewer
(Please forward to the next post for more helpful telecommunications terms!)