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Home Sweet Home

A residential cabling manual, a Canadian conference, and a call for a new Region 5 Director are all on the BICSI home front this month.

April 1, 2002  

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When you travel as much as I do, you begin to appreciate the simple things in life: your bed, your DVD collection and your refrigerator full of cold Canadian beer. Of course, you also miss the convenience of your home office.

Like many people, I have a home office — which is wired like most home offices today (not very well). I have cables running everywhere in my office, some of which our pet cat, Mimi, likes to disconnect when she is bored. But then again, Mimi also has a nasty habit of lying on the keyboard when I leave the room, and many of my documents include something that looks like: “jjuythjhbxnja,j67wd’pjks’pnjfjhuiff.” But that’s another story.


If you have your own home cabling woes, consider BICSI’s Residential Cabling program. This program includes the newest addition to BICSI’s roster of publications, the Residential Network Cabling Manual, which made its debut — and sold out — at the Orlando conference. In keeping with BICSI’s mission to lead the industry in quality methods and services, the new manual meets the rapidly growing demand for structured cabling systems in single-family residences and multi-dwelling units.

Reviewed by a panel of industry experts and written in a concise and easy-to-read style, the manual is based on a study of the industry’s best practices, the ANSI/TIA/EIA-570-A Residential Telecommunications Cabling Standard, and other related documents.

The manual provides detailed, how-to information in residential voice, data, and video distribution design, installation and systems integration. With approximately 576 pages, the manual includes over 300 tables and graphics, a comprehensive, quick reference index, a glossary, a bibliography and resources, acronyms, and abbreviations.

The Residential Network Cabling Manual has 18 chapters, including information on the following topics: residential structured cabling systems; codes, standards and regulations, cabling media, connectors, electrical protections systems, safety, planning and implementation, testing and troubleshooting, and multi-dwelling unit structured cabling systems.

Destined to become an integral part of any telecommunications reference library, the new manual will be available for purchase both from BICSI and retail bookstores, or may be ordered online.

The written exam for BICSI’s new Residential Training and Registration Program, which begins in March 2002, will be based on the manual.


In other news close to home, hotel space is starting to fill up for the upcoming BICSI Canada Conference. The conference will take place September 16-19 at the Quebec Convention Centre, with lodging at the Quebec Hilton Hotel in Quebec City. This is the first BICSI Conference to be held in Canada since 1998 and we hope all Region 5 members will attend. I will be there even though I have a good excuse not to be — I will be on my honeymoon! How is that for dedication?

The conference announcement is currently posted to the BICSI Web site (, or you can call the Hilton for room reservations at (800) 447-2411 (toll free inside Canada) or (418) 647-2411.

And speaking of Canada, I’d once again like to send out a reminder to those of you who are considering running for Region 5 Director when my term ends next year. Feel free to call me if you have any questions pertaining to the election process or what the position involves.

Well, Mimi says it’s dinnertime and she is threatening to unplug my Internet connection if I don’t feed her. Until next month…

Greg Porter, RCDD is Region 5 Director of BICSI and Business Development Manager for Tyco Electronics Canada Ltd., Markham, ON.

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