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#1 Klinkaroo

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 06:24 PM

Just wanted to know if we could put CAT5, CAT5e or CAT6 network cable outside. The reason why I am asking is because I live in Rimouski Quebec, -30 degrees celcious isn't rare.

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 09:28 PM

With those extremes I would contact the manufactor of the cable you intend on using. I know there is outside Cat wire but I don't know the tempture ranges.
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Posted 17 February 2006 - 03:43 AM

I'd imagine the main problem at those temps would be fracture of the conductors or insulation, if it was in conduit, and therefore completely supported, I'd think it would be okay. Strung between buildings and blowing in the wind would be another matter entirely. :thumbsup:

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 12:08 PM

Yeah my main concern is the cold will make the rubber/plastic insulation brittle and break. I was thinking of burriying it.

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 12:39 PM

Yes underground (in conduit) or above ground (in conduit) as Rimmer suggested would be just fine.
As for the cold affecting the wire no problem, but as already stated the insulation would freeze & break.

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Posted 18 February 2006 - 02:39 PM

unless you have ruled it out, you can also purchase a unidirectional antenna, accesspoint combo, i have used this in instances i needed to connect 2 lans over a parking lot(paved of course). d-link was the brand i used and found it decent. i would do it again if the situation warranted.
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Posted 18 February 2006 - 03:11 PM

A unidirectional antenna means it only broadcast in the direction your point it in? If this is true do you need another unidirectional antenna to capture it or is just any antenna good? and can the signal pass thru walls?

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Posted 18 February 2006 - 07:14 PM

If you feel a wireless solution is a possibility read the following page. If you are looking at less than 30m you could use an omidirectional antenna instead and the placement could lend it to covering your entire inside and outside LAN. As Snapper suggested an unidirectional antenna sometimes call a "Cantenna" because the first home made highly directional antenna were made from can, most notably a Pringle's potato chip can. It is no hard to get a mile of "line of sight" range.

http://www.wlanantennas.com/wlan_faq_antennaprop.htm

http://www.cantenna.com/

http://www.clearnet.com.au/xcart/WiFi-Antennas-p-1-c-62.html (Omni-directional)


I hope this helps.

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 07:22 AM

router>access point>unidirectional antenna~~~~~~wireless access point>computer

yes, a unidirectional antenna may pass through walls. best to leave the transmitter outside and same as receiver, but if not, see above answer!
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Posted 19 February 2006 - 08:14 AM

Why leave the transmitter outside?
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Posted 19 February 2006 - 04:20 PM

most are made for outdoor weather, and of course, the less obstructions, the better. seeing as we are going from building to building
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Posted 19 February 2006 - 07:28 PM

BTW Snapper I just have to tell you this. Nice avatar.

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 07:39 PM

lol thx! usually i am a stark staring patriot like yourself. but its funny

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Posted 20 February 2006 - 12:11 AM

Snapper. Your avatar looks like my 6 yr old when he got into the peach brandy at christmas.

How far do you need to run the wire/send the signal?
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Posted 20 February 2006 - 05:04 PM

bout 20-25 feet




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