Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) Category 6A cable shall be used for horizontal wiring of campus communications outlets in buildings. Cable shall be Commscope Category 6A, four pair UTP. POE devices will be Commscope Category 6A four pair UTP. Plenum rated cable will be used throughout a building if cable routing is in return air spaces. The following are the part numbers for Category 6A cable:

Commscope Non-plenum Category 6A cable – gray


Commscope Plenum Category 6A cable – gray




A minimum of two UTP Category 6A cables shall be run to each station location. Each pair of station cables is considered a “jack” location. For station locations with more than two cables, additional cables shall be in pairs, with each pair being terminated and labeled as an individual “jack,” even if all are in one faceplate. Wall phone, POE clock, and wireless access point locations shall have 2 cables.


Patch cables shall be of the same performance category, or higher, as the horizontal cables to which they connect, and manufactured by Commscope. Patch cables used are to be factory terminated cables. Patch cables should be 10 feet or shorter at the workstation outlet location. A 3' to 10’ patch cable shall be used in the telecommunications room from the Commscope patch panel to the network switches (the preferred length is one that is just the right length from the network switches to the patch panel port after dressing in wire managers). In no case shall the total distance from workstation outlet to the patch panel exceed 76 meters. Bootless patch cables are preferred. The part numbers are listed below:

Commscope Category 6A Patch Cord-1 feet- 




Commscope Category 6A Patch Cord-3 feet-




Commscope Category 6A Patch Cord-5 feet-



Commscope Category 6A Patch Cord-7 feet-




Commscope Category 6A Patch Cord-10feet-