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Reference EN 50173-4:2007/A1:2010/AC:2011
Title Information technology - Generic cabling systems - Part 4: Homes
Project Number 23537
Abstract/Scope This standard specifies a generic cabling for three groups of applications in homes: Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), Broadcast and Communications Technologies (BCT), and Commands, Controls and Communications in Buildings (CCCB). It is intended to guide installations in new buildings or refurbishments, and also applies where cabling is installed to support only one or two of the three application groups listed above. A generic cabling infrastructure is specified based upon balanced cabling and / or coaxial cabling. ICT channels specified in this standard include optical fibre, but the wider use of fibre optical cabling in a home is for further study. The three groups of applications may also be supported by different types of cabling, which may be subject to other standards. For example, ISO/IEC 11801 specifies generic cabling for ICT applications in general for the office environment. While the cabling structure and reference implementations are matched to the home environment in this standard, the channel performances specified for ICT are identical to those specified in ISO/IEC 11801. Because this standard is designed to cover the three major groups, the cabling system may be installed prior to the selection of specific applications. The home may contain one or more buildings (e.g. farm) or may be within a building which contains more than one home (e.g. one home in a multi-dwelling building). The campus or backbone cabling connecting individual homes is built according to the relevant standard (for instance ISO/IEC 11801, IEC 60728). Generic cabling realised according to this standard: a) allows deployment of a wide range of applications without changes to the fixed cabling infrastructure; b) provides a platform to support moves, adds and changes of connectivity. This standard provides users with an application-independent generic cabling for applications run in homes, and a flexible cabling scheme such that changes are both easy and economical; it provides building professionals (for example, architects) with guidance for accommodating cabling before specific requirements are known, i.e. in the initial planning either for construction or refurbishment; and gives users, designers, and manufacturers of application-specific cabling systems advice on interfacing. It specifies relevant requirements for suppliers of cabling components and installers of cabling, and a distribution system for service providers' services. It supports current products and provides a basis for future product development in home electronic systems.


Current Stage code 6060
Current Stage code date 2011-05-13
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IEC Technical Body ISO/IEC/JTC 1/SC25
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Keywords Information technology; Cabling; Generic system; Small office home office; SOHO
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(1) Date of ratification (dor) date when the Technical Board notes the approval of an EN (and HD for CENELEC), from which time the standard may be said to be approved

(2) Date of availability (dav) date when the definitive text in the official language versions of an approved CEN/CENELEC publication is distributed by the Central Secretariat

(3) Date of announcement (doa) latest date by which the existence of an EN (and HD for CENELEC), a TS or a CWA has to be announced at national level

(4) Date of publication (dop) latest date by which an EN has to be implemented at national level by publication of an identical national standard or by endorsement

(5) Date of withdrawal (dow) latest date by which national standards conflicting with an EN (and HD for CENELEC) have to be withdrawn

(6) This list of normative references is purely indicative. The only official list of normative reference is the list of the published standard.