[Q] What is Bend Radius? Should I be concerned about it?
[A] When you talk about CAT 5 Cable, CAT 5e Cable and CAT 6 Cable being installed in a home or office evironment you may have some concerns about what kinds of turns, or "bends" the Cable will make along its journey.
Bend Radius is generally referred to as the minimum radius that a cable can be bent without damaging the cable or causing it to wear prematurely.
In order to prevent this from being an issue, it is important to read the specifications of the cable as provided by the company that produced it. This information is usually printed on a data label on the box itself, or included in a seperate technical specifications sheet.
The general rule of thumb as it stands currently is a Bend Raduis of about 4 times the diameter of the cable itself. Once again, refer to the specifications for the Cable.
When you pull the Cable for installation, be sure to pay attention to the pathway that you set and observe what type of bends and turn you force the Cable to go through. In many cases, without even being aware of it, you could be exceeding the Bend Radius. This is going to be your primary concern second only to Pulling Tension.
Take your time and plan the Cable path logically and if needed, utilize pre-fabricated Cable guides at all of your turns to ensure the bends are not too extreme.
As always, concult with a professional installer if you feel the situation will warrant it.
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