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Old 11-06-2009, 07:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ok, so i needed to share my internet connection between two rooms at home, but i didnt have a wireless connection setup yet (this was done today and i didnt plan ahead cuz i didnt know), but i plan on buying a wireless pci card or usb adapter or something, idk yet.

so as something temporary, i am currently sharing my connection between two rooms through an ethernet cable that i had to run through the outside of my building from one window to another (i know that might sound stupid >.<)

right now, the internet connection is running fine, but i want to know if the cable is likely to wear out in like a week or two against the weather, rain and cold temps primarily, and sometimes thers like crows and hawks and **** that come around and they might start pecking it or something.
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It will be fine for a while. If you were really worried you could run in in some conduit or pvc pipe.

Short term solution just fine.

For a permanent outdoor solution I have ran insulated cat5 in conduit running for over 5 years now.
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no lol, i dont plan to keep it like this for that long, ill definitely have moved out by then and my parents soon after probably. i wasent too worried, but conduit looks promising if i ever need it.

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I usualy run cat5e that has a additive in the outer sleeve to protect against UV damage, that is where the most damage comes from. Second one, the cable moving a lot can also cause damage to the sleeveing and possibly cause the inner wires to break, thats also rather common. If ran in the groud, pvc conduit is a must, but along the side of a building, just for short term, regular cat5e is good enough.
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I usualy run cat5e that has a additive in the outer sleeve to protect against UV damage...
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Most cables have it now in days. Just look at the specs of the cable or call the manufacture of it and ask them if it has a uv protective coating on it. When I had to order cabling for out door security cameras we had to make sure it had that coating, other wise, with in a year of contact with sunlight, it would be come brittle and break apart when the cameras would rotate.

But almost all Cat5e has a uv protective coating on it.

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Most cables have it now in days. Just look at the specs of the cable or call the manufacture of it and ask them if it has a uv protective coating on it. When I had to order cabling for out door security cameras we had to make sure it had that coating, other wise, with in a year of contact with sunlight, it would be come brittle and break apart when the cameras would rotate.

But almost all Cat5e has a uv protective coating on it.

(Been trying to post this for ever now...)
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PS: To the OP, if you really want to have something around the cable then grab some wiring loom like this:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...roducts_id=207 (Australian shop as an example).

But you should be fine.
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ooh, yesterday when i read Hefe's suggestion of conduit, i didnt know what it was, so i googled it and the first image under a web search was this, so i thought this was it, didnt read description
http://img.alibaba.com/photo/1163846...1_Standard.jpg

it looked pretty flexible thats why i liked it better than pvc pipe, but i searched it again to now find that it is also just a fancy pipe

so it sounds like it should be good even if its just temporary. if i decide to leave it there a little longer, i might then look into some wire loom (thx for that ^).

also thx c0rr0sive, i had completely forgotten to factor in sunlight too. >.<
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You could just run a strand of strong wire or cable along side of the Cat5 and then secure the Cat5 to it. There used to be a plastic coated steel cable on the market that was used for clotheslines (as in hanging clothes on to dry) that would work great to support and protect the Cat5.

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