While the technologies used to complete a structured cabling system are fairly standard, each individual design can vary, based on:
- The structure of the office building itself
- The cables, connections, and hardware used
- The configuration of an existing cabling system (for upgrades and retrofits)
- Customer requirements
While each installation can be personalized to a great degree, it is important for the installation process itself to be performed with adherence to certain standards. The U.S. cabling installation and cabling manufacturer industries as a whole embrace the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) standards regarding the proper design installation, and maintenance of structured cabling systems.