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MIL-HDBK-1012/3
APPENDIX A
DO'S AND DON'TS OF CATEGORY (CAT) 5 CABLING
DO:
1.
Store the cable in a protected, moisture-free area.
2.
Avoid unnecessary bends.
3.
Replace damaged cable.
4.  Make all connections via patch panels or cross connect
blocks.
5.  Use insulation displacement type connections.  These can be
M66 or 110 type but must be certified to meet CAT 5
specifications.
6.
Use the same manufacturer's cable throughout.
7.  Do not cinch cable ties tightly.  Use Velcro straps, D rings
or similar mechanical devices to support the cables within the
closet area.
8.  Do not mix power and telecommunications in the same tray
without insulated separators.
9.
Label cables on both ends in accordance with EIA/TIA 606.
10.
Avoid sources of heat.
11.
Avoid sources of EMI.
12.
Maintain a 6-in. separation from fluorescent lighting.
13.  Maintain the same TIA pin-out on cables throughout the
system.
14.  Comply with EIA/TIA 568 CAT 5 termination practices,
especially the maintenance of the factory twist on each pair to
within 1/2 in. of the termination point.
15.  Follow Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), building, and
fire codes.  Firestop penetrations.
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