Information technology — Generic cabling for customer premises — Part 4: Single-tenant homes

ISO/IEC 11801-4:2017(E) This document specifies generic cabling within a home and provides users with: - an application independent system capable of supporting a wide range of applications in a range of installation and operating environments; - a flexible scheme such that modifications are both easy and economical; - a multi-vendor supply chain within an open market for cabling components.

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Information technology – Generic cabling for customer premises
Part 4: Single-tenant homes

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ISO/IEC 11801-4

Edition 1.0 2017-11



Information technology – Generic cabling for customer premises

Part 4: Single-tenant homes




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1 Scope . 9
2 Normative references . 9
3 Terms, definitions and abbreviated terms . 9
3.1 Terms and definitions . 9
3.2 Abbreviated terms . 10
4 Conformance . 11
5 Structure of the generic cabling system . 11
5.1 General . 11
5.2 Functional elements . 12
5.3 Cabling subsystems for ICT and BCT . 12
5.3.1 General . 12
5.3.2 Primary home cabling subsystem . 14
5.3.3 Secondary home cabling subsystem . 14
5.4 Cabling structure . 14
5.5 Interfaces . 15
5.5.1 Equipment interfaces and test interfaces . 15
5.5.2 Channel and permanent link . 16
5.5.3 Network access cabling . 17
5.5.4 External network interface . 18
5.6 Accommodation of functional elements . 18
5.6.1 General . 18
5.6.2 Coverage areas . 19
5.6.3 Dimensioning and configuring . 20
5.6.4 Connecting hardware . 21
5.6.5 Application outlets . 21
5.6.6 Equipment cords . 21
6 Channel performance requirements . 22
6.1 General . 22
6.2 Environmental performance . 22
6.3 Transmission performance . 22
6.3.1 Channel construction . 22
6.3.2 Balanced cabling . 22
6.3.3 Coaxial cabling . 23
6.3.4 Optical fibre cabling . 23
7 Link performance requirements . 23
7.1 General . 23
7.2 Balanced cabling . 23
7.3 Coaxial cabling . 23
7.4 Optical fibre cabling . 23
8 Reference implementations . 23
8.1 General . 23
8.2 Channel construction . 24
8.3 Balanced cabling . 24
8.3.1 General . 24

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8.3.2 ICT channels . 25
8.3.3 BCT channels . 25
8.4 Coaxial cabling . 26
8.5 Optical fibre cabling . 26
8.5.1 General . 26
8.5.2 Component selection . 26
8.5.3 Dimensions . 26
9 Cable requirements . 26
9.1 General . 26
9.2 Balanced cables . 27
9.2.1 ICT cabling . 27
9.2.2 BCT cabling . 27
9.3 Coaxial cables . 27
9.4 Optical fibre cables . 27
10 Connecting hardware requirements . 27
10.1 General requirements . 27
10.2 Connecting hardware for balanced cabling . 27
10.2.1 General requirements . 27
10.2.2 Electrical, mechanical and environmental performance . 27
10.3 Connecting hardware for coaxial cabling . 28
10.3.1 General requirements . 28
10.3.2 Electrical, mechanical and environmental performance . 28
10.4 Connecting hardware for optical fibre cabling . 28
10.4.1 General requirements . 28
10.4.2 Optical, mechanical and environmental performance . 28
11 Cords . 28
11.1 Jumpers . 28
11.2 Balanced cords . 28
11.3 Coaxial cords . 28
11.4 Optical fibre cords . 28
Annex A (informative) Reference implementation of TV and radio applications – use
of baluns . 29
A.1 Types and locations of baluns . 29
A.1.1 General . 29
A.1.2 Baluns at the ENI and baluns at the equipment interface toward the
PHD . 29
A.1.3 Baluns near or in the BO . 30
A.1.4 Baluns in the cord between BO and the terminal equipment . 31
A.2 Home network interface . 31
Bibliography . 33

Figure 1 – Relationships between the generic cabling documents produced by
ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25 . 7
Figure 2 – Structure of the generic cabling system . 12
Figure 3 – Interconnect and cross-connect models . 13
Figure 4 – Interconnect and cross-connects at the PHD . 13
Figure 5 – Hierarchical structure of a generic cabling system in support of ICT and
BCT applications . 14

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Figure 6 – Equipment and test interfaces in support of ICT and BCT applications . 16
Figure 7 – Channels and permanent links within the home . 17
Figure 8 – Examples of interconnection of home and network access cabling . 18
Figure 9 – Overview of a generic cabling for home . 19
Figure 10 – Interconnection of home cabling subsystems . 20
Figure 11 – Reference implementations for ICT and BCT channels (PHD/SHD to
TO/BO) . 24
Figure A.1 – Balun at the ENI . 29
Figure A.2 – Baluns in the PHD . 30
Figure A.3 – Balun built into the system outlet . 30
Figure A.4 – Balun in the cord between BO and the TE . 31
Figure A.5 – Types of HNI . 32

Table 1 – Maximum channel lengths for reference implementations of ICT/BCT
channels . 21
Table 2 – Link length equations . 25
Table A.1 – Insertion loss and total sectional slope . 32

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Part 4: Single-tenant homes
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International Standard ISO/IEC 11801-4 was prepared by subcommittee 25: Interconnection
of information technology equipment, of ISO/IEC joint technical committee 1: Information
This first edition cancels and replaces ISO/IEC 15018:2004 and Amendment 1:2009. This
edition constitutes a technical revision.
This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous
a) standard re-structured to contain only those requirements that are specific for generic
cabling systems installed in homes;
b) the channel performance Class CCCB and related reference implementations have been
deleted and are now addressed as distributed building services in ISO/IEC 11801-6;
c) implementation options now include optical fibre in addition to balanced and coaxial
ISO/IEC 11801-4 is to be read in conjunction with ISO/IEC 11801-1.

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This International Standard has been approved by vote of the member bodies, and the voting
results may be obtained from the address given on the second title page.
This document has been drafted in accordance with the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2.
A list of all parts in the ISO/IEC 11801 series, published under the general title Information
technology – Generic cabling for customer premises, can be found on the IEC website.

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The importance of cabling infrastructure is similar to that of other fundamental utilities such as
water and energy supply and interruptions to the services provided over that infrastructure
can have a serious impact. A lack of design foresight, the use of inappropriate components,
incorrect installation, poor administration or inadequate support can threaten quality of service
and have commercial consequence for all types of users.
This document specifies generic cabling within a home.
The home can contain one or more buildings (e.g. farm) or be within a building which contains
more than one home (e.g. one home in a multi-tenant building).
The campus or backbone cabling connecting individual homes within multi-tenant premises is
specified according to the relevant standard (for instance ISO/IEC 11801-1 or IEC 60728).
Generic cabling for distributed building services in homes is specified in ISO/IEC 11801-6,
which addresses all of the above premises and spaces within them.
Figure 1 shows the schematic and contextual relationships between the standards relating to
information technology cabling produced by ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25, namely the ISO/IEC 11801
series of standards for generic cabling design, standards for the installation, operation and
administration of generic cabling and for testing of installed generic cabling.

Figure 1 – Relationships between the generic cabling
documents produced by ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25
The generic cabling specified by this document provides users with
a) an application independent system capable of supporting a wide range of applications in a
range of installation and operating environments,
b) a flexible scheme such that modifications are both easy and economical,
c) a multi-vendor supply chain within an open market for cabling components.
In addition, this document provides

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d) relevant industry professionals with guidance allowing the accommodation of cabling
before specific requirements are known, i.e. in the initial planning either for construction or
refurbishment and for further deployment as the requirements of areas are defined,
e) industry and standardization bodies with a cabling system which supports current products
and provides a basis for future product development and applications standardization,
f) users, designers and manufacturers of application-specific cabling systems with advice on
interfacing to this generic cabling,
g) suppliers of cabling components and installers of cabling with relevant requirements,
h) service providers with a distribution system for their services.
Applications addressed in this document include those developed by the technical committees
of IEC (including the subcommittees of ISO/IEC JTC 1) and study groups of ITU-T as used to
support the following services:
• information and communications technologies (ICT),
• broadcast and communications technologies (BCT).
This document also applies where cabling is designed to support only one of the services
listed above.
Physical layer requirements for the applications listed in Annex E of ISO/IEC 11801-1:2017
have been analysed to determine their compatibility with the cabling performance specified in
this document and, together with statistics concerning premises geography from different
countries and the models described in Clause 6, have been used to develop the requirements
for cabling components and to stipulate their arrangement into cabling systems.
As a result, this document
1) specifies a structure for generic cabling supporting a wide variety of applications
including, but not restricted to, the applications in ISO/IEC 11801-1:2017, Annex E,
2) adopts balanced cabling channel and link Classes D, E, E , F, F and BCT-B specified in
ISO/IEC 11801-1,
3) adopts coaxial cabling channel and link Classes BCT-C specified in ISO/IEC 11801-1,
4) adopts optical fibre cabling channel and link requirements specified in ISO/IEC 11801-1,
5) adopts component requirements, specified in ISO/IEC 11801-1, and specifies cabling
implementations that ensure performance of permanent links and of channels that meet or
exceed the requirements of a specified group (e.g. Class) of applications.
Life expectancy of generic cabling systems can vary depending on environmental conditions,
supported applications, aging of materials used in cables, and other factors such as access to
pathways (campus pathways are more difficult to access than building pathways). With
appropriate choice of components, generic cabling systems meeting the requirements of this
document are expected to have a life expectancy of at least ten years.
This document has taken into account requirements specified in application standards listed
in ISO/IEC 11801-1:2017, Annex E. It refers to International Standards for components and
test methods whenever appropriate International Standards are available.

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Part 4: Single-tenant homes

1 Scope
This part of ISO/IEC 11801 specifies generic cabling for single-tenant homes. A home can
contain one or more buildings or can be within a building that contains more than one home. It
covers balanced cabling, optical fibre cabling and coaxial cabling.
This document specifies a generic cabling for two groups of applications:
1) information and communications technologies (ICT),
2) broadcast and communications technologies (BCT).
This document specifies directly or via reference to ISO/IEC 11801-1
a) the structure and minimum configuration for generic cabling within homes,
b) the interfaces at the telecommunications outlet (TO) and broadcast outlet (BO),
c) the performance requirements for cabling links and channels,
d) the implementation requirements and options,
e) the performance requirements for cabling components,
f) the conformance requirements and verification procedures.
Safety and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements are outside the scope of this
document, and are covered by other standards and by regulations. However, information
given by this document can be of assistance.
2 Normative references
The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their
content constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition
cited applies. For undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including
any amendments) applies.
IEC 60728 (all parts), Cable networks for television signals, sound signals and interactive
IEC 61754-20 (all parts), Fibre optic interconnecting devices and passive components – Fibre
optic connector interfaces – Part 20: Type LC connector family
ISO/IEC 11801-1:2017, Information technology – Generic cabling for customer premises –
Part 1: General requirements
ISO/IEC 14763-2, Information technology – Implementation and operation of customer
premises cabling – Part 2: Planning and installation
ISO/IEC 30129, Information technology – Telecommunications bonding networks for buildings
and other structures
3 Terms, definitions and abbreviated terms
3.1 Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the terms and definitions given in ISO/IEC 11801-1,
ISO/IEC 14763-2 and the following apply.

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application outlet
telecommunications outlet or broadcast outlet
device to provide impedance transformation between balanced and unbalanced components
broadcast outlet
fixed connecting device which provides an interface to the terminal equipment
coverage area
area within a home covered by any application
physical structure used as a dwelling place
EXAMPLE A house or an apartment.
Note 1 to entry: This

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