What does IDF mean? Intermediate Distribution Frame (IDF)

An Intermediate Distribution Frame (IDF) is an area, room, rack for wiring or cable from a Main Distribution Frame (MDF) - also called the Combined Distribution Frame (CDF) - and leading to individual cables installed for work area outlets (WAO) to support each piece of equipment such as workstations, personal computers and other end-user devices. 

We are often asked this question by contractors and customers when we are out working on site.

If you need a telephone or computing device in a certain area, it must be easy enough just to plug it in to the wall right?  What goes on behind the walls and and behind those equipment rooms or black cabinets (IDF's) is what makes it all happen.