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ICTip #3: What Do the Colors on Cables Mean?

Cable color coding is commonly used for cable organization. However, the reasons for using each color is not well known to most.

ANSI/TIA/EIA-606-B Administration Standard for the Telecommunications Infrastructure of Commercial Building documented these cable color standards. Generally, anyone who wants to follow building standards should be familiar with BICSI and vendors who are BICSI certified would be familiar with these as well.

The colors

Cable colors are specified using Pantone numbers. These colors or their equivalent are to be used.

Orange

Demarcation point

Demarcation point (central office termination)

Green

Network connection

Termination of network connections on the customer side of the demarcation point

Purple

Common equipment

Termination of cables originating from common equipment (PBXs, computers, LANs and multiplexers). White/Silver in Canada.

White

First Level Backbone

First-level backbone telecommunications media termination in the building containing the main cross-connect to TR or main cross-connect to local intermediate cross-connect). Purple in Canada.

Grey

Second Level Backbone

Second-level backbone telecommunications media termination in the building containing the main cross-connect (local intermediate cross-connect to TR). Purple (in the USA) or white (in Canada) may be used to identify second-level backbone termination in building not containing the main cross-connect.

Blue

Horizontal Cabling

Termination of station telecommunication media; required only at the TR and equipment room end of the cable, not at the telecommunications outlet.

Brown

Interbuilding Backbone

Interbuilding backbone cable termination (main cross-connect to remote intermediate cross-connect)

Yellow

Auxiliary & Miscellaneous Circuits

Termination of auxiliary circuits, alarms, maintenance, security, and other miscellaneous circuits

Red

Key Telephone Systems

Termination of key telephone systems

 

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