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Cabling: The Complete Guide to Copper and Fiber-Optic Networking, Fourth Edition by Bill Woodward, Andrew Oliviero

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Chapter 4. Cable System and Infrastructure Constraints

What constrains you when building a structured cabling system? Can you install cable anywhere you please? You probably already realize some of the restrictions of your cabling activities, including installing cable too close to electrical lines and over fluorescent lights. However, many people don't realize that documents and codes help dictate how cabling systems (electrical as well as communications) must be designed and installed to conform to your local laws.

In the United States, governing bodies issue codes for minimum safety requirements to protect life, health, and property. Once adopted by the local regulating authority, codes have the force of law. Standards, which are guidelines ...

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