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.
Our structured direct burial cables are tough and durable to withstand the rigors of outdoor installation.