Any network architecture must follow some set of protocols. On the one hand, the set of protocols may be home grown - that is specified by the designer of the network. On the other hand, the set of protocols may conform to a recognized, published, set of standards.
With respect fiber optic data communications in the premises environment there are three recognized, published, sets of standards; 1) Ethernet, 100Base-FX, 2) Fiber Distributed Data Interface, FDDI and 3) Fiber Channel.
A discussion of these published standards is well beyond the present work. However, the interested reader may order them from a number of different sources. Several are listed (alphabetically) below. When calling these organizations it will be worth your while to request a catalog and request to be included on their update services. This will allow you to be kept informed of new standards and supplements to existing ones as they are approved.
|American National Standards Institute|
|11 West 42nd Street, 13th Floor|
|New York, NY 10036|
|Tel: (212) 642-4900|
|Fax: (212) 302-1286|
|EIA||Electronic Industries Association|
|2500 Wilson Blvd.|
|Arlington, VA 22201|
|Tel: (703) 907-7500|
|Fax: (703) 907-7501|
|Global||15 Inverness Way East|
|Engineering||Englewood, CO 80112-5704|
|Tel: (800) 624-3974|
|Tel: (303) 792-2181|
|Fax: (303) 790-0730|
|IEEE||IEEE Customer Service|
|445 Hoes Lane, PO Box 1331|
|Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331|
|Tel: (800) 678-4333|
|Tel: (908) 562-1393|
|Fax: (908) 981-9667|