[Q] Can I use CAT 5 cable outdoors?
[A] CAT 5 Cable is constructed using a PVC jacket as the standard
covering material. This is equal to and superior in many cases
to the jacketing on the voice lines that run outside of most
of our homes. In many cases, you can use standard PVC jacket
CAT 5 or CAT 5e cable outdoors, without any complications. Just
be aware of the obvious considerations:
- If cable is constantly exposed to sunlight and moisture, it
will degrade faster than cable that is protected by an overhang
or some other location that would keep it away from the elements
- If the cable is on the ground, being stepped on and having
vehicle or equipment traffic, it obviously will not be expected
to last very long.
VS permanent - Is this a long-term, or temporary project? If
it is temporary, even the cheaper cable material would be able
to survive outdoor use for a short period of time.
can now purchase outdoor rated cable, that is designed specifically
to resist sunlight, moisture, and most other things. It is also
a little more resistant to foot traffic and getting "beat
up" a little. CAT 5 Cable Company can make outdoor rated
CAT 5e patch and crossover cables for you as a custom cable.
Just Email customer service, or give us a call to find out more.
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