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 Question by Earnest Broussard posted 26 Oct 2005
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TIA/EIA 568-B.1 covers the commerical building telecommunication standards. I was wondering..If a surge protecion device has a RJ45 connector is it considered to be certified like the CAT 5 cable... My understanding is that the TIA/EIA 568-B.1 covers only cabling, nothing else. Am I correct with that accessment? Please advise
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 Answer by Joseph Golan posted 26 Oct 2005
Dear Earnest,

TIA/EIA 568-B.1 covers more then cabling but that is the meat of the document. It is part of an overall group of documents know as the "Telecommunications Building Wiring Strandards" and all portions of that document work together.

On to your question, a surge protection or primary protection device should be rated to a level of category service, i.e. category 5e, by the manufacturer of that device, do not assume that if there is no category rating that it will work to an uncertified potential. And, Yes these devices do exist, just make sure it is rated.

Sincerely,
Joseph Golan, RCDD

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