Outdoor Cable Cat5e Cat6 Burial Cable
and Aerial ethernet cable are all special designs.
They are made to be weather specific. Outdoor cable is
constructed for outdoor and campus environment use including direct burial, unlike indoor cable. Our
Structured Direct Burial cable includes a water-blocking technology of either gel filled
("flooded") or water blocking tape. Both are for resisting moisture and the
effects it has on installations. Outdoor Cat5e or Cat6 should not
be substituted with indoor or horizontal run cable.
Cable Jacket is the First Line of Defense
For sure electrical performance of cable is important and has it's place in the
scheme of installations. However, it is the
outer jacket that is the first line of defense during the transport,
installation, and lifetime performance of the cable. That is why choosing the
correct outer jacket and physical construction is essential to protecting and
extending the cable's lifetime performance. Because you are using direct burial with
or without conduit, cables are even more prone to damage. Things like cut and
nicks and abrasive damage are even more apparent and possible. Performance of
the cable can be further degraded from water infiltration and extreme
temperature which will degrade your system. SCP direct burial cables are tough and durable to withstand the rigors
of outdoor installation.
GEL or NO GEL which one should I use,
Cat 5e or Cat6 Outdoor Direct Burial cable GEL FILLED cable.
Gel filled or tape wrapped cable?
Gel filled offers maximum protection. This is the preferred cable for outdoor burial or campus
Gel filled cable offers the maximum protection from water and moisture
infiltration. The Gel itself provides a protective coating around the cable in
the jacket. It also prevents water and moisture from creeping up the cable, but
you do have to clean off the Gel when you terminate. That is probably the
biggest objection from installers. Although no mess no gel is ok, Gel is the best way to go
for a high degree of protection..
No Mess - No GEL the choice is yours.
No gel cable can provide the versatility you need for weather specific
applications with it's tape wrapped design. Weather and temperature are your
enemy in outside installations. You should only use outdoor cable when running
cable out side. For another option also see the indoor outdoor cable.