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RE: Planning nightmare...

  • Subject: RE: Planning nightmare...
  • From: "Alex Clark" <alex@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2005 14:55:32 -0000

Following on from this, as you mention the 'ditch'...

Can you run CAT5 for data along with a mains cable to a garage/shed?  If
mains was armoured and the CAT5 was in trucking, could you run them side by
side, or would you need a second ditch to avoid noise?


-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Kaye [mailto:mark.kaye@xxxxxxx]
Sent: 01 February 2005 13:37
To: ukha_d@xxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [ukha_d] Planning nightmare...

Shmern wrote:
> I think someone else on the list brought up CAT6 recently, and I'd
> echo the comments about it, CAT5e is more than capable for the home
> environment, and
> CAT6 will give you much more headaches with it's Bend Radius issues
> etc.., also it'll only be True CAT6 if you put CAT6 panels and CAT6
> faceplates on each end. Then there is issues with compliance,
> Component Compliance etc.., Just not worth the cost/hassle IMHO
> I think you should stick to CAT5e :)
> Anyway, Good luck with the spec/design.

Thanks for the advice!  CAT5e will certainly be a lot cheaper given the
prices I've been seeing for CAT6 reels.  To give you an idea of the scale
the install I am soon to start the building of a garage which is 20m away
from the house.  When the ditch is laid to get power from the house to the
garage I have asked the builder to put in 6" conduit.
As far as possible I want all IP services to sit in the garage, I will then
trunk up 4 Gigabit ports on switches either end of the run between the
and garage and run fiber (via gbic transciever modules) between.  I am
intending to shunt raw DV and DVD data around so need the network to be up
to scratch.  I also want it to cope with more than a single node either end
shoving data about.

This, and the futureproofing that CAT6 will give were the reasons I wanted
to go with CAT6.  Perhaps that decision was rash.  Out of interest, does
anyone know what the acceptable bend radii are for a fiber patch lead? :)

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