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Telecommunications Cable

List of Specific Industries

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North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes for this industry

[ 517110 ] = Wired telecommunications carriers — Direct-to-home satellite system (DTH) services

[ 541350 ] = Building inspection services — Home inspection services

Industry Description

Today, most of the stores that sell communications cable such as Category 5 (Cat5) and Category 6 (Cat6) cable will only sell to professional installers that use the cable for work being done for their customers.  When professionals purchase telecommunications cable, it is understood that they already know how to do the work and have tools and other resources to properly install, terminate, and test the job for their customers.

In the future, there may be stores that cater to do-it-yourselfers (DIYs) that intend to complete all phases of their own home network installation.  THNC exists in-part to educate and support such people.  Probably more important than the specific cable purchased is a functional knowledge of the uses for the cable and everything needed to support those uses — installation methodology, tools for installing and terminating the cable, panels, connectors, VelCro straps, cable test equipment, and more.  DIYs must remember that businesses selling cable and related products may not be there to educate the ignorant.  Clerks may be happy to explain details about performance or use, but their assistance is based on the assumption that customers have used similar products before or have a basic understanding of telecommunications cable.

Once more, these are situations that THNC can help its members be more knowledgeable about and prepare them to ask better questions.  Besides, DIYs that are THNC members may choose to buy everything they need through THNC’s online retail store.  They will have multiple resources for learning all that is needed for first-rate installations.