Horizontal Twisted Pair Cabling Guide

Horizontal Twisted Pair Cabling Guide

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As a subsystem of the structured cabling system, horizontal cabling runs from the work area’s telecommunications information outlet to the termination in the equipment room. And the cables used are usually twisted-pair copper cables. This post will give a brief introduction on horizontal twisted pair cabling installation.

Tools Preparation

Before the cabling, we should first prepare the tools needed for the horizontal twisted pair cabling installation, which are as follows:

Tool Description
fish tapeFish Tap Wire Puller Designed to assist in running cables and wires through walls, below floors, and above ceilings.
stripperWire Stripper A small, hand-held device used to strip the electrical insulation from electric wires. This is often done to terminate the cable with different kinds of connectors.
crimping toolCable Crimping Tool The cable crimping tool is a tool designed to crimp or connect a connector to the end of a cable.
cable tiesCable Management Accessories The cable management accessories mainly include cable ties, labels, manager and wire duct, and so on.


The above mentioned tools and testers are general tools used in horizontal twisted pair cabling installation, more tools may be needed in specific applications.

Horizontal Twisted-pair Cabling Requirements

In order to reach a reliable horizontal cabling system and ensure the security of workers, several rules and requirements should be followed when laying twisted-pair cables. These requirements usually include conduit checking, records, tying and bending standards, remaining cable lengths, and so on. Installers must adhere to the related local or international standards and practical requirements.

Pathway of Horizontal Twisted-pair Cabling
Underfloor Cable Routing

Apart from nothing at all, this is the simplest form of cable containment. It can be appropriate when cable can be laid directly on a relatively smooth concrete floor which in turn is covered by a false floor. The assumption here is that the cable is protected from damage by virtue of the floor suspended above it. Cables should be loosely bundled together with cable ties which can be nylon or Velcro-type.

under floor routing

Over-Head Cable Routing

This is the most commonly used method for horizontal cabling. In this kind of cabling, you’d better design the routing path first, and then deploy twisted-pair copper cables. J-hooks should have a broad base to support the cable and should support the cable at least every 500 mm.

overhead routing

In-Wall Cable Routing

This refers to install the cables on the wall with the help of moldings. In this kind of cabling, you should first decide on a “path” that you want the wiring to take throughout all the rooms.

in-wall routing



There are more detailed information in horizontal twisted pair cabling rather than the introduction above. For example, the installation of twisted-pair cable connectors, which is also important parts in the horizontal twisted pair cabling. For more details, you can visit How to Install Twisted-Pair Cable Connectors. If you also have any requirement on the related products, we also welcome you to contact us via sales@fs.com or call 24/7 Customer Service: 1 (718) 577 1006.

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