Bulk Cat 5 for inside/outside run?

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Gary, Oct 27, 2003.

  1. Gary

    Gary Guest


    I need a bulk roll of Cat 5 cable to run from my computer to 2 other areas
    in my house. I'm going to measure, but I assume I'll need a 250' roll or
    possibly a 500' roll. Some of it will run outside of my home (direct
    sunlight, rain, intense southern Louisiana heat and humidity). I want it to
    be black. Any recommendations? Is there a difference between Cat 5e and
    FastCAT (I saw J & R Music World selling this stuff, made by Belkin)?
    Other? What is the best to use now? One run will go to my kids' computer
    in the playroom and the other run will go to my TV/Home Theater area for
    future use.

    In addition to which type I should use, where is the best place to buy it?

    Thanks in advance,
    Gary, Oct 27, 2003
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    Chet Guest

    I have seen bulk Cat 5 cable at Home Depot but I can't say whether any of it
    is black.
    Chet, Oct 28, 2003
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    DeMoN LaG Guest

    .... How far are you going to run with this cable? There are limitations
    to how far you can run an ethernet cable before the signal degrades too

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    Adam Steiner Guest

    Aren't there issues with running (some) cables outside of your house?
    Grounding issues for lightning and all? I remember seeing some cables that
    were rated for outdoors, some that weren't...
    Adam Steiner, Oct 28, 2003
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    Gary Guest

    I think the longest run would be 150'.

    Gary, Oct 28, 2003
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    Robert Baer Guest

    Isn't the max spec length about 350 feet?
    Robert Baer, Oct 28, 2003
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    DH Guest

    A very good answer to your question and others can be found here:


    Dave H.
    DH, Oct 28, 2003
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    Gary Guest

    Gary, Oct 28, 2003
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    Wizard Guest

    1) Each run must be limited to 100 Meters.
    2) I know of no cable that can survive outside or direct burial. It will
    need to be in a water tight PVC pipe. (I it were me I would buy
    "shielded" cat5E, which costs 3 times as much)
    3) Cable generally comes in 1000 ft spools, although smaller ones can be
    4) Finding Black will not be much of a problem, however, following
    number 2 above, it isn't an issue.
    5) Never heard of FastCat
    Wizard, Oct 28, 2003
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