Cat5 Cable and Cold weather?

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  1. Anubis

    Anubis No Lifer

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    Wnen im home for x mass im gonn have 2 more comps to put on my router. but its 3 floors away in my house and i was thinkin i could just run it outside through the window. Now i live in upstate NY and we get a LOT of snow and its really cold in teh winter. and im wounderin if this will affect teh cable in any way. it will all be covered with no exposed wires and what not.

    so im wounderin will this work? is it gonna have any problims?

    let me know
     
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    You shouldn't have a problem I ran cat5 cable outside goin up the outside of my house in Oswego when I lived there.
     
  5. Anubis

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    cool that exact what i plan on doing. ans same weather also. sweet. its only for liek a month anyway so it should be cool
     
  6. ScottMac

    ScottMac Moderator<br>Networking<br>Elite member

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    Cold, dry weather is one of the reasons you should NEVER put copper outdoors without entrance protection.

    The wind + snow & blowing particulates generate a static charge on the cable which can kill your systems.

    As mentioned in the past, Category-rated cable is (with one or two exceptions) not certified for outdoor use. Improper installation of copper cabling in an outdoor environment is dangerous.

    As you may have figured out, I advise against it in the strongest of terms.

    Maybe Santa will bring you a wireless system.

    FWIW

    Scott


     
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    yeah but shielded cable isnt so bad. as long as it isnt going to be in direct light all the time and you arent an eskimo getting 10 feet of snow, i think it would work
     
  8. ScottMac

    ScottMac Moderator<br>Networking<br>Elite member

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    Ungrounded shielded cable is worse than unshielded cable. Improperly installed shielded cable also sucks and can be dangerous. Components for shielded cable are more expensive and harder to install.

    Shielded cable is generally a bad thing: rarely needed and still not within spec for outdoor use (unless you're talking coax - which still needs some flavor of entrance protection).

    There's a fairly recent post that covers the topic, scan back a page or two.

    FWIW

    Scott