TIA-606-C is the latest update to the voluntary standard for administering telecommunications cabling infrastructure, released by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) in July 2017. TIA-606-C builds on the guidelines established in the 2012 release of TIA-606-B.
Additional updates worthy of a mention:
Not only does the TIA-606-C standard help you add value to your operations with organized installations, it also removes the guesswork from label creation. And when you add the power of a Bluetooth cable label printer, you can design, preview and print labels on-site using an app on your phone. Bluetooth wire label makers come in various sizes and functionalities, including the BradyPrinter M611 Mobile Label Printer and the M211 Portable Label Printer. Traditional mobile label printers like the M210 Handheld Label Maker are a great option for those wanting to design, create and print labels using a built-in printer keypad.
Ultimately, properly labeled systems benefit everyone — installers and contractors, IT technicians, owners and businesses. It also makes it easier to identify and trace cables quickly when problems occur or when a move, add or change is required.
Each of the following components must be clearly labeled with the appropriate identifiers:
Modern structured cabling systems haven’t always been around. They’ve had to develop over the years and undergo many changes to support the variety of electronic services we use today. To ensure uniformity in telecommunications infrastructure, standards were established and put into practice: TIA-606-A and TIA-606-B, which precede the current TIA-606-C Standard.
In 2002, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), which develops standards for the information and communications technology industry, set the voluntary TIA-606-A Standard.
The TIA-606-A standard was a cable labeling standard that outlined the minimum level of information that should appear on labels. This information was used for tracing a cable to a:
This basic level of label information was deemed essential when replacing, updating or troubleshooting issues in a telecommunications network.
Key to the TIA-606-A Standard was the establishment of classes of administration. Classes were based on levels of complexity (number of users, network locations, size) and included:
The TIA-606-A Standard modernized the way each telecommunications system dealt with multiple products and vendors. It provided a uniform administration approach, regardless of application. This was helpful due to the nature of telecommunications infrastructure, which usually involves several changes over its lifetime.
Overall, this standard established guidelines for owners, end users, manufacturers, consultants, contractors, designers, installers and facilities administrators involved in the administration of the telecommunications infrastructure. The TIA-606-A Standard existed for 10 years until it was replaced with a more comprehensive standard, the TIA-606-B.
In 2012, the TIA updated the standard for telecommunications infrastructure to TIA-606-B. This cable labeling standard provided voluntary guidelines for labeling and record-keeping for wiring data or voice communications and network systems.
An important difference between TIA-606-A and TIA-606-B was that the new standard, TIA-606-B, covered more facility types. It adopted the identification scheme in the TIA-606-A Standard, and extended its use to locations outside computer and equipment rooms: data centers, commercial, residential, industrial and healthcare.
Along with this expansion, TIA-606-B added new criteria for labels. It stated that labels must be:
The TIA-606-B Standard also recommended color coding cables, connectors, cords, jumpers, termination fields, labels, pathways and other components. This created a more uniform way to identify the type, application, function or position of a component within the infrastructure.
The color-coding of termination fields is based on the topology of Cabling Subsystem 1, 2 and 3 cabling specified in ANSI/TIA-568-C.0:
||Orange||Central office connection|
||Green||User side of central office connection|
||Purple||Connection to PBX, mainframe computer, LAN, multiplexer|
||White||Terminations of building Cabling Subsystem 3 cable connecting MC to ICs|
||Gray||Termination of building Cabling Subsystem 2 cable connecting IC to HCs|
||Brown||Termination of campus cable between buildings|
||Blue||Terminations of Cabling Subsystem 1 cable in TSs|
||Yellow||Alarms, security or energy management|
According to the TIA, use of the TIA-606-B Standard was intended to add value to telecommunication infrastructure. With the extra record keeping and communication from the label information, systems could be upgraded easily and issues could be resolved faster.
In July 2017, the TIA-606-B Standard was replaced by the current TIA-606-C Standard.
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