FS Bulk Network Cables: Multi-Standard Compliance for Superior Performance and Reliability

Posted on Jun 14, 2024 by

In 2024, copper cables continue to be widely used due to their excellent conductivity, heat resistance, and cost-effectiveness. For large-scale horizontal cabling and Power over Ethernet (PoE) applications, copper cables, especially bulk network cables, remain a top choice. Manufacturers emphasize compliance with standards like ANSI/TIA 568, ISO/IEC 11801, and IEEE 802.3 to underscore the reliability and performance of their bulk network cables. But what do these standards really signify, and how do they benefit consumers? This article will answer these questions.

Three Cable Standards You Should Know When Buying Bulk Network Cables

To purchase high-quality bulk network cables and get the most value for your money, you should look for three key cable standards: ANSI/TIA 568, ISO/IEC 11801, and IEEE 802.3. These standards can usually be found on the cable jacket or packaging. Here is a detailed explanation of these standards, including their issuing organizations, applicable ranges, and purposes.

Cable Standard

What Is the ANSI/TIA 568 Standard?

Established by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the ANSI/TIA 568 standard is predominantly applied in North America, especially within the United States. Its purpose is to offer comprehensive guidelines for the design, installation, and maintenance of telecommunications cabling infrastructure in commercial buildings, ensuring compatibility and support for a broad spectrum of both existing and future networking technologies.

ANSI/TIA Standard

What Is the ISO/IEC 11801 Standard?

The ISO/IEC 11801 standard is jointly developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and it shares a similar purpose with the ANSI/TIA 568 standard. However, ISO/IEC 11801 is a global standard for generic cabling in customer premises, which is not only applicable to commercial buildings but also includes industrial buildings, residential buildings, data centers, and more.

Related article: Network Cable Standards for Generic Cabling: TIA 568 vs ISO 11801 vs EN 50173

What Is the IEEE 802.3 Standard?

The IEEE 802.3 standard, developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), is a comprehensive standard for wired Local Area Networks (LANs) applied globally. This standard defines various Ethernet speeds, from the initial 10 Mbps to the latest 400 Gbps. Additionally, it specifies the technical requirements for network equipment, including electrical characteristics, signal transmission methods, connector types, data frame formats, and flow control.

Related article: Demystifying IEEE 802.3bt: When Do You Need It?

IEEE Standard

FS Bulk Network Cables Compliant With Multiple Standards

FS, a leading provider in the ICT sector, offers a comprehensive range of bulk network cables that adhere to the stringent requirements of the ANSI/TIA-568.2-D standard, the latest revision published in 2018. These bulk network cables, which also meet the global ISO/IEC 11801 standard and the advanced PoE capabilities of IEEE 802.3 af/at/bt standards, are designed to deliver seamless connectivity and reliability for our customers.

Category FS Cat5e bulk cable FS Cat6 bulk cable FS Cat6a bulk cable FS Cat7 bulk cable FS Cat8 bulk cable
ANSI/TIA-568.2-D ×
ISO/IEC 11801
IEEE 802.3 af/at/bt

Why Buying FS Bulk Network Cables Compliant With Multiple Standards is a Good Investment

Purchasing FS bulk network cables that comply with ANSI/TIA 568, ISO/IEC 11801 and IEEE 802.3 standards offers several benefits:

Reliable Performance in Various Environments

FS bulk Ethernet cables meet the ANSI/TIA 568 standard and comply with the ISO/IEC 11801 standard, ensuring their applicability and high performance globally. By adhering to these international standards, FS cables can provide reliable performance in various environments.

Offer You a Future-Proof Solution

The network must grow year over year, and as a data center owner or contractor, you certainly do not want network demands to outpace the performance of your cables too early due to technological advancements. FS bulk network cables compliant with ANSI/TIA 568 and ISO/IEC 11801 standards can meet these demands. These standards encompass a variety of cables from Cat5e with speeds up to 1 Gbps to Cat8 with speeds up to 40 Gbps, enabling customers to select cables that meet their future requirements.

Lower Maintenance Costs and Incident Rates

FS bulk network cables meeting these standards indicate that they have undergone rigorous quality testing before reaching your delivery destination, meeting industry-recognized benchmarks for cable performance and reliability. This reliability reduces the risk of network failures due to defective cabling, thereby lowering maintenance costs and incident rates.

Simplify Your Installation and Cabling Work

Supporting PoE is a key feature of the IEEE 802.3 standard. FS bulk network cables compliant with this standard can transmit data signals while also providing power to network devices. This eliminates the need for separate power lines to be connected to the devices, saving both effort and costs.

Allow Flexible Device Placement

Another benefit you can gain from buying PoE-supported FS bulk network cables is that they allow more flexible network device deployment, as device placement is no longer constrained by power outlet locations, enabling more freedom in choosing installation sites.

Power Devices With Different Power Requirements

FS bulk network cables comply with the IEEE 802.3 af/at/bt standards, ensuring they meet the power requirements of devices, whether they are low-power or high-power applications, thereby providing a stable power supply.

  IEEE 802.3af IEEE 802.3at IEEE 802.3bt
Max Power 15.4W 30W 60W
Power to PD 12.95W 25.5W 51W
Typical Applications IP Phone Video Phone MGMT Devices


Choosing the right network cables is crucial for network cabling projects. FS bulk network cables, compliant with ANSI/TIA 568, ISO/IEC11801, and IEEE 802.3 standards provide customers with reliable, high-performance network solutions. By meeting future network growth demands, enhancing economic benefits, and ensuring the quality of cabling systems, FS series bulk network cables emerge as the intelligent choice for your network cabling projects.

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