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We have a school wired with cat5e cable. We just got a trailer that we need to run network connections to. The trailer is about 20 feet from the school. We are going to have electric, phone, etc.. run to the trailer. I want to have them run a cat5e drop to this trailer also. Not sure how they are running the other cables yet, but I am going to have them get outside rated cat5e cable and run it from the school to the trailer through a piece of conduit separate from the other cables so that there is no interference on the network cable. Is this the best approach?

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Question by:heydude
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you have 2 options

1 go underground (as you mentioned) probably the best approach but might be more expensive
2 go aerial (there is overhead rated cable that is available and might be  a cheaper option

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~Dan
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The cat5 run will actually be above the ground. I know they say cat5e can draw lightening strikes is there any kind of like grounding connectors or something that will need to be hooked up to the cable also?
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it is possible to use shielded cable, there is actually a lightning protector adapter that connects to it for that reason to ground it.

~Dan
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The best option for any sort of outdoor/conduit ethernet deployments is Fiber.  Just get two cheap media converters and a fiber termination kit, you're all set.
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I agree - use fiber... yes, it's more expensive, but it's not at all subject to interference and won't potentially fry electronics if lightning strikes.
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If you decide to use Cat5e, You'll want to use lightning protectors.
I've had good luck with APC's P-Net series.
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