400 Hardware/Software/Infrastructure Standards and Support 403 Telecommunications Network Installation Policy 403.

1 Montana State University--Bozeman Standards for Telecommunications Wiring [Adopted July 1996; Revised December 2002]

This document defines the standards used for voice and data wiring in campus buildings. All telecommunications wiring will be performed by the Information Technology Department (ITC) or contracts administered by ITC. Throughout the document the word shall is mandatory. Where the word preferred is used we would like it done this way and it would be expected in new building construction. See TIA/EIA Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling Standard 568-B.1 and 569-A for more details. The telecommunications network system contains cable, connectors, and routing materials for voice (telephone) and data (computer) equipment throughout the building. All voice and data cables are routed (home-run) from individual telecommunications workstations to a telecommunications room. The typical workstation jack is a single-gang box with two Amp Enhanced Category 5e, four-pair, 24 gage Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) cables. One of the cables is blue in color representing the data cable (terminated in the bottom opening of the wall plate) and one is white in color representing the voice cable (terminated in the top opening of the wall plate). Some Workstations will have a two-gang electrical box with four cables (two for voice and two for data), and are a called Double jack. Either opening can be used for voice or data depending on which inserts are installed.

1.0 Telecommunications Rooms 1.1 Maximum horizontal distribution cable distance must be 90 meters (295ft) or less. If the length of any cable run to a workstation exceeds the 90-meter limitation or if the floor has in excess of 10,000 square feet, additional telecommunications rooms must be used. Multiple telecommunications rooms in a building will be connected with either unshielded twisted pair or fiber optics cable depending on the length. The type of cable will be determined at the planning stage, taking into consideration the amount of network traffic between closets, the distance between the telecommunications rooms and the difficulty of running other cables at a future date. A dedicated 20 amp circuit and 20 amp receptacle is required to power the active electronics located in each telecommunications room; it is preferred there be two dedicated 20 amp circuits. The receptacle shall be located on the side of or adjacent to the active electronic rack. If the power receptacle is to be mounted on the active electronic rack it shall be mounted vertically such that receptacle does not face up, to reduce dirt collection. The circuit and receptacle will have surge protection built into it. 1



1. If the floor is 8.4 It is preferred that all telecommunications rooms be dedicated to telecommunications and be at least 10' by 11’ in size. the telecommunications room may be 10’ by 9’. Part numbers for Chatsworth racks are as follows: Chatsworth Relay Rack 46353503 Chatsworth Wire Management Unit 11729503 2 . telecommunications rooms must be shared with campus mechanical rooms.000 square feet. seismic zone. Floor racks shall be bolted to the floor.6 2. Preferred mounting equipment is at least two Chatsworth floor racks (one for active electronics and one for passive terminations) with two Chatsworth vertical wire management units mounted in between the termination racks.000 square feet. Racks shall be grounded as per TIA/EIA Standard 607 Commercial Building Grounding & Bonding. to each other and braced to the ceiling or walls to meet earthquake seismic standards.0 Telecommunications Room Termination Equipment 2. humidity. the telecommunications room may be 10’ by 7’.5 1. However. In locations where space or jack quantities are limited other options are available such as a single rack or wall mounted racks. It is preferred there be at least one telecommunications room on each floor. ventilation.1 Termination floor racks. If this is the case. stacked under each other. Temperature. then enclosed lockable cabinet(s) may be installed. for ease in vertical distribution of riser cables. if the floor is 5. See TIA/EIA Standard 569-A Commercial Building Telecommunications Pathways & Spaces for more details in planning and installing telecommunications rooms. custodial closets and departmental spaces. it is preferred that for a telecommunications room which serves 128 or less jack locations (256 wires).1. and security are environmental concerns that shall be addressed when selecting a telecommunications room. wall racks or cabinets shall be wide enough to accommodate termination patch panels that are 19" wide. For a telecommunications room that serves between 128 and 256 jacks preferred space would be 6' by 9'. lightning. there be unobstructed space of 6' by 7'. at times in existing buildings. If security is an issue.

Conduits holding cables must meet firmly at the cabinet and dedicated electrical outlet will be mounted inside the cabinet so no access can be gained to the equipment or cabling except through the cabinet door.If it has been determined to use a wall. and AMP category 5e inserts or dual Cat 5e shall be used for data. For small installations. lockable cabinets shall be used.3 AMP inserts shall be used in the AMP patch panel. If the telecommunications room is not in a secure area. AMP RJ11 single inserts or AMP RJ11 dual inserts shall be used for voice.2 AMP Netconnect patch panels shall be installed on the racks to terminate the Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) horizontal wiring. 2. AMP patch panels are fully loaded kits as follows: AMP 64 Ports Patch Panel Kit 406367-1 AMP 32 Ports Patch Panel Kit 406365-1 AMP 16 Ports Patch Panel Kit 406363-1 2. Part numbers for the inserts are as follows: AMP Category 5e Insert (data) 558908-1 AMP Category 5e Dual Insert (data) 557280-1 AMP RJ11 Single Insert 555611-1 AMP RJ11 Dual Insert 555614-1 AMP Blank Cover 555644-1 3 .mounted rack. select the appropriate size of Swing Rack. an AMP blank cover shall be installed. If no insert is required. use a Wall Mounted Cabinet with 19” swing rack inside and deep enough for electronic equipment. For standard installation use 1 or 2 floor standing lockable cabinets.

If installation is in a double gang box. for a 32 or 16 port patch panel one of each are needed. 2. an AMP Double Gang Faceplate is needed. All conduit and surface raceway boxes at each workstation jack shall be “deep” models. For each pair of cables an AMP ACO Connector Housing kit is needed. configure and install the active electronic equipment and install the necessary patch cables and other accessory equipment to activate the network connections. one above and one below the patch panel. If installation is in a single gang EMT or surfaceraceway box. Systems & Operations group will determine and specify the active electronic equipment and fiber optic termination equipment for each telecommunications room.4 Siemon Rear Wire Minders shall be installed on the back of the rack. For a 64-port patch panel 2 of each are needed. an AMP Single Gang Faceplate is needed.2.5 ITC’s Network. and Siemon Wire Managers shall be installed to aide in dressing of the cables. Part numbers for these Siemon products are as follows: Siemon Rear Wire Minders WM-BK Amp Wire Manager 558331-1 Layout of jacks in the rack patch panel shall duplicate the workstation jacks with voice terminated above data.0 Telecommunications Workstation Jack Termination Equipment 3. 3. They will also terminate and test the fiber optic cable.1 At each jack location AMP Netconnect components shall be installed. Part numbers for the AMP products are as follows: AMP ACO (Connector Housing Kit Unshielded) 406091-1 AMP Single Gang Faceplate 555650-1 AMP Double Gang Faceplate 555670-1 4 .

wood screws with plastic anchors shall be used for plaster and concrete. Large hooks that will carry the weight of many cables shall be attached with lag bolts. AMP RJ11 single inserts or AMP RJ11 dual inserts shall be used for voice. Part numbers for the inserts are as follows: AMP Category 5e Insert (data) 558908-1 AMP Category 5e Dual Insert (data) 557280-1 AMP RJ11 Single Insert 555611-1 AMP RJ11 Dual Insert 555614-1 AMP Blank Cover 555644-1 3. Data (blue wire) is on the bottom. the white and blue wires can be used for additional voice or data by changing out the inserts. and AMP category 5e or category 5e dual inserts shall be used for data. to allow for future cable installations. and self-taping screws shall be used for sheet metal.2 AMP inserts shall be used in the AMP ACO connector housing.3.3 Voice (white wire) is on the top. Wood screws or lag bolts shall be used for wood. Cable trays shall be designed to be filled to no more than 60% of the capacity.0 Telecommunications Horizontal Distribution Cabling Support Structure For ease of cable installation and future expansion in hallway or major distribution routes. 4. or metal anchors with epoxy. Unistrut may be used where necessary to support large bundles of cables or to provide attachment points for EMT or Panduit raceway. 4.1 Hooks shall be attached to building members with fasteners appropriate for the material. Cable J hooks may be used for distribution above suspended ceiling spaces from hallway or major distribution routes to room jack locations.3 5 .2 4. an AMP blank cover shall be installed. Threaded metal hooks attached to threaded anchors are also acceptable. Unistrut all-thread hangers shall be mounted with threaded anchors. 4. The anchors shall extend into the mounting material at least 3 inches. If no insert is required. Because both wires are enhanced category 5. metal concrete anchors. cable trays are the preferred method for distributing the horizontal wiring from the telecommunications room.

No more than 2-90 degree bends are allowed and none are preferred.7 Panduit Size LDP5 LDP10 Maximum Cables 2 9 Cable Tray – BiLine Products WB4CA Connector WB4RSPL Shield WB6CH Hanger WB514CB Clip WB6SP Clip WB408BE End WB12DOYZN Dropout 12” WB408 Basket B-Line Shields Shield WB204 Basket WB4CA Fitting EMT Conduit Sizing EMT Conduit Size Maximum Cables 3/4" 1" 1-1/4" 1-1/2" 2" 3 6 10 15 20 6 . Where raceway. Metal Wiremold raceway products shall no longer be used. Use BiLine cable tray products. Use sweeping bend products.4 Hooks shall be oversized so that additional cables can easily be installed in the future.4. cable tray and conduit is used it shall be sized according to the list below. Hooks shall be filled to no more than 60% of the capacity. Closer spacing may be necessary in areas where cables are routed around corners or are in close proximity to other mechanical electrical systems. A minimum fill ratio is 40% and 60% is preferred for future additions of cable. Raceway and conduit that is ½” diameter is not allowed. Surface Raceway. The number of cables that can be installed in a conduit is limited by the allowed maximum pulling tension of the cables. Hooks shall be mounted no more than four feet apart. Cable Tray and EMT Conduit Surface Raceway-Panduit-Sizing 4.5 4. Non-metallic Panduit products listed below shall be used.6 4.

When a box is used as both a jack and pull box. length T45CCIW-X T-45 Cover Coupler Fitting (join 2 pieces) T45ICIW T-45 Inside Corner Fitting T45ECIW T-45 End Cap Fitting T45WC Offset Electrical Box T45EEIW T-45 Entrance End Fitting 4. length T45DIW8 T-45 Raceway Divider Wall – 8 ft. All conduit and surface raceway boxes at each workstation jack shall be “deep” models. length T45CIW8 T-45 Raceway Cover – 8 ft. the minimum box depth shall be 3-1/8".Size 10 RAFC10IW-X End Cap Fitting ECFX .8 ft.Size 10 OCFX10IW-X Right Angle Fitting RAFC .Size 10 ICFC10IW-X Outside Corner Fitting OCFX .Size 5 ECFX5IW-X End Cap Fitting ECFX .Size 10 CFX10IW-X Inside Corner Fitting ICFC . This depth is required to accommodate the AMP jack.Size 5 CFX5IW-X Coupler CFX .Size 5 OCFX5IW-X Outside Corner Fitting OCFX .Size 10 to 5 RFX105IW-X Raceway Adapter .Size 5 TFC5IW-X Tee Fitting .Size 5 ICFC5IW-X Inside Corner Fitting ICFC .TFC .9 .Panduit Part Numbers Non metallic 8’ 1-piece raceway – Size 5 LDP5IW8-A Non metallic 8’ 1-piece raceway – Size 10 LDP10IW8-A Mounting Strap LMD5IW-Q Single Gang One Piece Deep Box JB1DIW-A Double Gang Deep Junction Box JBP2DIW Coupler CFX . 7 4.Size 5 CA5IW-X Pan-Pole Outlet Poles .TFC .Size 10 TFC10IW-X Drop Ceiling/Entrance End DCEFX DCEFXIW-X Right Angle Entrance End RAEFX RAEFXIW-X Reducer Fitting RFX .Size 5 RAFC5IW-X Right Angle Fitting RAFC .8 When cables are installed in sheetrock wall no box is required.Power & Commun PCPA11R20IW T45BIW8 T-45 Raceway Base . but a mounting bracket shall be mounted securely in the wall.Size 10 ECFX10IW-X Tee Fitting . The preferred mounting bracket is an Arlington LV1 and LV2 for double gang.

Plenum rated cable will be used throughout a building if cable routing is in return air spaces.Bootless. Bootless patch cables are preferred but booted are acceptable.white . One of the cables will be blue in color representing the data cable and one will be white representing the voice cable. certified for category 5 enhanced use. power poles may be necessary.blue .7 feet Amp Cat 5 Enhanced (350 mhz) Patch Cord .Bootless.1 5. Patch cables should be of the same performance category or higher as the horizontal cables to which they connect. The blue and white cables will be run as pairs.white .3 Amp Cat 5 Enhanced (350 mhz) Patch Cord . Occasionally a wall telephone location will have only 1 cable.g. The preference is not to use surface raceway combining electrical and communications cabling.Bootless.0 Telecommunications Cable 5.10 Cable in exposed finished areas shall be installed in raceway such as EMT conduit and Panduit.10 feet Amp Cat 5 Enhanced (350 mhz) Patch Cord . A 3' to 14’ patch cord shall be used in the telecommunications room from the AMP patch panel to the electronic equipment (the preferred length is one that just the right length from the active electronics to the patch panel port after dressing in wire managers).5EXHNP4P24BL-S-ATD-PV Nonplenum Enhanced Category 5 24 awg cable . Cable shall be Amp Incorporated category 5 enhanced. The following are the part numbers for 350 MHz cable: Nonplenum Enhanced Category 5 24 awg cable .Bootless. 8 cables run to a location. use Panduit non-metallic products.Bootless. The white cable goes to the top opening of the jack and the blue cable goes to the bottom opening of the jack.3 feet Amp Cat 5 Enhanced (350 mhz) Patch Cord . 24 gauge wire. Patch cables must be 14 feet or less at the workstation to jack location (the preferred length is 10 feet). 5.5EXHP4P24WH-S-ATD-AP A minimum of two UTP category 5 enhanced cables shall be run to each jack. The part numbers are listed below: 1499112-3 1499112-5 1499112-7 1-1499112-0 1-1499112-4 5.14 feet 6. 4 will be blue and 4 white. so if there are more then two cables there will be an equal amount of blue and white cables e.5 feet Amp Cat 5 Enhanced (350 mhz) Patch Cord .blue .5EXHNP4P24WH-S-ATD-PV Plenum Enhanced Category 5 24 awg cable .4. in which case. All patch cords shall be stranded conductor wire. In no case shall the total distance from workstation to the patch panel exceed 90 meters. However.1 Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) category 5 enhanced (5e) cable shall be used for horizontal wiring of campus buildings. four pair.0 Installation Guidelines for Telecommunications Cable 8 . Patch cables should not be field terminated.2 5.5EXHP4P24BL-S-ATD-AP Plenum Enhanced Category 5 24 awg cable .

Cables shall be mounted at least 1' above drop tile ceilings. Cables that are part of a bundle shall be of uniform length. It is preferred that pull string be left in conduits. The tie-wraps shall be tight enough to neatly bundle the cables together and loose enough to permit the pulling of individual cables within the bundle.9 6.4 6.11 At vertical to horizontal transitions. Pull string shall be left in places that will be difficult to access in the future. 6.10 Cable bundles shall hang with minimal tension between the hooks.6 6. shall be four times the diameter of the cable. It is preferred that the cables be grouped in a way that reduces the quantity of bundles. 9 .1 The minimum horizontal cable bend radius. Cables in service areas such as attics. and shall always be supported. The maximum tensile loading shall not exceed 25 pounds on the cable. Additional hooks may be required to support this slack. Uniform cable length is achieved by pulling on individual cables in a bundle after the bundle has been placed in the hooks. and above lay-in ceilings shall be held in place with metal hooks or cable tray. Cable ties shall not be installed as to place a strain on the cable jacket.8 6. crawl spaces.5 6. A single large cable bundle is preferable to several small bundles. under no-load conditions. cable bundles shall have a uniform loop containing one to three feet of recoverable slack. One foot of slack shall be left at each strain-relief hook so as to insure proper loading of the hooks.7 6.12 Long vertical runs shall require intermediate strain-relief hooks. Adhesive or electrical tape used for bundling cables during installation shall be removed once the cables are in place. or raceway and before the cables are terminated. the cables shall be bundled with plastic tie-wraps spaced no more than four feet apart. cable trays and cable hooks to allow for future expansion. These hooks shall support the weight of the cable between it and the next strain relief hook. 6. 6. shall never lie on the ceiling. In areas where the installation of hooks is impossible.6. This will allow the slack in individual cables to be more easily removed.3 6. Check cable bundles to verify that individual cables do not have excessive tension or are supporting the weight of several other cables. mechanical chases. The hooks shall keep cables neatly bundled and shall be located so as to reduce interference with future maintenance and construction projects. Cables that serve several adjacent rooms shall be grouped together into bundles.2 6.

025 inches. from the point of termination.4 7.2 All cables shall be terminated.16 Patch cables will be neatly dressed in wire managers from the patch panel insert to the electronic switch. then up or down to the electronic switch. Use the electronic switch wire managers provided. 6.14 Twenty-four inches of recoverable slack in each cable shall be neatly bundled and placed in the wire management units located adjacent to the passive hub rack.5 inches. Pair twists shall not be untwisted more than 0. then right or left to the vertical wire manager.3 7.1 7.6. 6.15 Slack or extra cable not mentioned in this section is unacceptable and shall be removed prior to termination. The voice cable (white) shall be terminated in the top opening of the jack and the data (blue) cable shall be terminated in the bottom opening of the jack.13 Four inches of recoverable slack shall be left at each drop box. then up or down to the electronic switch. and preferred . 7. 6.5 8.0 Testing of Telecommunications enhanced category 5 cables 10 . Cables will be neatly dressed with tie wraps at the rear of the patch panel onto Siemon Rear wire managers. 7. The upper one-half of a 64 port patch panel will have patch cables go directly up to the horizontal wire manager. but not tied too tightly. The cable jacket or outer sheath shall be left intact as close to the termination as possible. then right or left to the vertical wire manager. The lower one-half of the 64 port patch panel will have patch cables go directly down to the horizontal wire manager.0 Termination of Telecommunications cables 7.

The label at the jack will be placed on either the top of the faceplate (if difficult to see the front of the faceplate). attenuation. The following patch panels are to be used: Amp 24 Port 557403-1 Amp 48 Port 557411-1 Amp 96 Port 557415-1 At the design stage. shorts.1 At the design stage. such as 232-1. The telephone backbone cable will be terminated at category 3 telephone patch panels with RJ11 connectors. crosstalk. after going around the exterior of the room. such as 233. the numbering shall include a hyphen suffix designation.0 Telecommunications Labeling and Documentation 9. plans will be made to route backbone cable from the fiber optic building 11 .1 As-built drawings shall be provided and at minimum shall include cable routes. If there are multiple jacks in a room. a patch cord will be installed between the telephone patch panel(s) and the appropriate Amp patch panel RJ11 insert. Each jack shall be clearly labeled in both the telecommunications room and the workstation location with the workstation room number. 234. telecommunication room layouts and jack locations. if they are in different locations. go up the middle from the main doorway. The label at the patch panel will be placed on the left side of the faceplate reading top to bottom next to the bottom (data) insert of each two-insert jack. Determine the appropriate patch cord length and dress it in the cable manager.2 10.0 Telecommunications Backbone cables 10. or on the top label indentation on the front of the faceplate.2 9. NEXT. plans will be made to route the appropriate size indoor telephone backbone (tie or riser) cable from the building MDF location to the telecommunications room(s). Single jacks in a room shall be labeled with just the room number and will not have a hyphen suffix designation. The telephone backbone cable will be installed in conduit unless cable hooks or cable tray is used and will be concealed from public spaces. opens. pair polarity and connector pin-out and at a minimum meet the enhanced category 5 e standards requirements. 232-2. When Category 5 jacks are made active for telephone lines. 9. If there are jacks located in the center of the room. and will begin at the main doorway and proceed left to right around the room. A log will be prepared showing each type of test run on the each cable 8.1 A type 2 tester shall be used to test each cable. Each cable shall be tested for distance.8.

A determination will be made as to whether combined multi-mode/singlemode.entrance termination location in the building to the telecommunications room. and telecommunication rooms. and Siecor aka Corning panels and connectors are required at both the feed location and the terminating location. Fiber optic cable will be tested after termination is made before the fiber is put into use. Legend Single voice/data workstation jack with white 4-pair voice cable and blue 4-pair data cable in a single gang electrical box. For both fiber optic outdoor and backbone cabling. Siecor aka Corning brand of cable is required (actual sizing of cable will be determined for each situation). FAN-BT47-12 Double voice/data workstation jack mounted in a two-gang electrical box. Terminations will be made to the fiber optic building entrance location equipment and in the telecommunications room active rack.1 The following Legend and symbols will be used on all telecommunication drawings and plans: Facilities Services CADD Manager or contracted architect/engineers will provide CADD drawings showing jack locations. major cable routing. Indoor fiber backbone cable will be used and installed in conduit. cable tray. or in innerduct in cable hooks in concealed spaces. Parts used are as follows: For combined multi-mode and single-mode fiber optic cable Siecor Fiber Panel FDC-005 For either indoor multi-mode or single-mode fiber optic cable Siecor Fiber Interconnect Center CCH-01U For more than 2 fiber optic cables use the WCH model of rack panel Siecor Fiber Panel WCH-04P or 06P Siecor Connecting Panels FDC-CP1P-25 for multi-mode Siecor Connecting Panels FDC-CP1P-38 Siecor Connecting Panels for WCH CCH-CP06-25T for multi-mode ST Siecor Connecting Panels for WCH CCH-CP06-38 for single-mode SC Siecor Unicam Connectors – ST 95-000-50 for multi-mode Siecor Unicam Connectors – SC 95-000-41 for single-mode For outdoor fiber optic cable. preferably in the telecommunications rack.0 Telecommunications AutoCad Drawing Legend 11. Telephone only jack 12 . multi-mode cable only or single-mode fiber optic cable will be used. use Buffer Tube Fan-Out Kit Siecor Buffer Tube Fan-Out Kit 11.

amended December. TR terminated. Telecommunications room where all voice and data cables are Information Technology Center (WIRINGamendNov02) July 2.Data only jack Cable bundle containing several voice and data cables. 1997. 1998. 2002. 1998. Black dot at end of cable bundle designation indicates a horizontal to vertical transition of the cable bundle where cables proceed upwards from the transition. 1999. amended January. Open circle at end of cable bundle designation indicates a horizontal to vertical transition of the cable bundle where cables proceed downwards from the transition. amended April 21. amended October 7. amended February 23. 2002. 1996. 13 . 1998. Arrow at end of cable bundle designation indicates that various cable pairs in the bundle are distributed to voice/data workstation jacks in the areas near the arrows. amended September 9. amended April 9.

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