Q: Today I visited "Ask Donna" on the Cabling Installation & Maintenance home page. I am an engineer and a designer of cabling systems. My colleagues and I are amp-certified designers and installers, but because we are located in Europe, we have some problems with adapting the technologies to our local conditions. I would like to determine the differences between American cabling standards (tia/eia-568a) and ISO 11801:1995. Can you send me copy of the tia/eia-568a standard in any electronic format?
St. Petersburg, Russia
A: Sorry, but I cannot send you the tia/eia cabling standards; they are copyrighted. However, you can obtain the documents in either printed form or on cd-rom. Contact Global Engineering Documents at 15 Inverness Way East, Englewood, CO 80112, USA, or visit them on the World Wide Web at www.electricnet.com/cofolder/globengg.htm. Also see the table at left.
To contact amp Technical Support in Russia, telephone 7-95-938-2846 or visit them on the Web at www.amp.com.
Donna Ballast is a communications analyst at the University of Texas at Austin and a bicsi registered communications distribution designer (rcdd). Questions can be sent to her at Cabling Installation & Maintenance or at PO Drawer 7580, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78713; tel: (512) 471-0112, fax: (512) 471-8883, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.