The telecommunications outlet serves as the work area interface to the cabling system. Work area equipment and cables used to connect to the telecommunications outlet are now included within the scope of '568-B.1 and '11801:2002.
Some specifications related to work area cabling include:
- Equipment cords are assumed to have the same performance category as the horizontal cable to which they connect.
- When used, adapters are assumed to be compatible with the transmission capabilities of the equipment to which they connect.
- ISO/IEC 11801:2002 allows for any cord to be longer if the horizontal is shorter. See open office cabling.
- For establishing maximum horizontal link distances, a combined maximum length of 10m (33 ft.) is allowed for patch cables (or jumpers) and for equipment cables in the work area and the telecommunications room.