[Q] What is the maximum operating temperature range for CAT5e
[A] To determine the maximum operating temperature for a particular
CAT5e patch cable, you would need to know the actual raw CAT5e
material that used to make it. As a general rule, most CAT5e
cable made with a PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) jacket can withstand
temperatures ranging from about 0 to 150 degrees fahrenheit.
Some of the cheaper brands, especially the offshore products,
do not have as good of a tolerance.
The ethernet patch cables and crossover cables produced
by CAT 5 Cable Company are made using a CAT5e material
that will tolerate temperatures from -4 to 167 degrees fahrenheit.
This temperature range allows for operation in the most extreme
conditions. Members of the United States armed forces have bought
our products to run their computer equipment over in IRAQ, and
other areas of the middle east where the temperatures can reach
over 130 degrees, and installers may experience temperatures
as high as 150 degrees running CAT5e cable along rooftops of
All conditions must be considered before deciding on what level of tolerance will be appropriate for the cable you will be using. Here in the United States, there are many places where temperature extremes of both hot and cold are experienced everyday.
in mind, environmental conditions will vary, and different cables
will react to these changes in a different manner. Use good
judgment when choosing your cable.
remember that when possible, it is best to try and enclose your CAT5e cable in some sort of protective conduit. This
will not only lessen the effects of the heat or cold, but it
will also keep the cable safe from exposure to the elements.
FAQ QUESTION: Can I use Cat5
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