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Structured Cabling Supplement

Cisco Networking Academy Program CCNA Exploration: Network Fundamentals v4.0

The Structured Cabling Supplement for CCNA provides curriculum and laboratory exercises in seven areas: a. Structured Cabling Systems b. Structured Cabling Standards and Codes c. Safety d. Tools of the Trade e. Installation Process f. Finish Phase g. The Cabling BusinessThis material and the associated labs provide a broad introduction to structured cabling installation. The section on Structured Cabling Systems discusses the rules and subsystems of structured cabling for a local-area network (LAN). A LAN is defined as a single building or group of buildings in a campus environment in close proximity to one another, typically less than two square kilometers or onesquare mile. This supplement starts at the demarcation point, works through the various equipment rooms, and continues to the work area. The issue of scalability is also addressed. The learning objectives for Structured Cabling Systems are as follows: 1.1 Rules of Structured Cabling for LANs 1.2 Subsystems of Structured Cabling 1.3 Scalability 1.4 Demarcation Point 1.5 Telecommunications andEquipment Rooms 1.6 Work Areas 1.7 MC, IC, and HC The section on Structured Cabling Standards and Codes introduces the standards-setting organizations that establish the guidelines used by cabling specialists. Important information about these international standards organizations is included.

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The learning objectives for Structured Cabling Systems and Codes are as follows: 2.1 Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and Electronic Industries Association (EIA) 2.2 European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) 2.3 International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 2.4 Codes for the United States 2.5 Evolution of Standards The Safety section containsimportant information that is often overlooked when discussing low voltage telecommunications wiring. Students that are not accustomed to working in the physical workplace will benefit from the labs and training in this section. The learning objectives for Safety are as follows: 3.1 Safety Codes and Standards for the United States 3.2 Safety Around Electricity 3.3 Lab and Workplace Safety Practices3.4 Personal Safety Equipment The Tools of the Trade section discusses how various tools can help turn a difficult job with ordinary results into a simple job with outstanding results. This module gives students hands-on experience using several of the tools that telecommunications cabling installers rely on for professional results. The learning objectives for Tools of the Trade are as follows:4.1 Stripping and Cutting Tools 4.2 Termination Tools 4.3 Diagnostic Tools 4.4 Installation Support Tools The Installation Process section describes the elements of an installation. This chapter begins with the rough-in phase, when the cables are pulled into place. This section also discusses riser or backbone cables, the fire-stops used when a wire passes through a fire rated wall, copperterminations, and fixtures such as wall adapters.

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The learning objectives for Installation Process are as follows: 5.1 Rough-In Phase 5.2 Vertical Backbone and Horizontal Cable Installation 5.3 Fire-Stops 5.4 Terminating Copper Media 5.5 The Trim Out Phase The Finish Phase section discusses the point at which installerstest and sometimes certify their work. Testing ensures that all the wires route to their appointed destination. Certification ensures that the quality of the wiring and connection meet industry standards. The learning objectives for Finish Phase are as follows: 6.1 Cable Testing 6.2 Time Domain Reflectometer (TDR) 6.3 Cable Certification and Documentation 6.4 Cutting Over The Cabling Business...
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