Technically, when you begin the planning stages of a new cabling installation, you should not have to worry about the types of applications used. The whole point of structured cabling standards such as ANSI/TIA-568-C and ISO/IEC 11801 Ed. 2 is that they will support almost any networking or voice application in use today.
Still, it is a good idea to have an understanding of the networking application you are cabling for and how that can affect the use of the cabling system.
In this chapter, you will learn to:
Identify important network topologies for commercial buildings
Understand the basic differences of UTP and optical fiber cabling and their place in future-proofing networks
Identify key network applications ...