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    What is the rule for running cat5e next to electrical wire? Is there any for cat5e for network??

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    The 'rule' is that it would be a good idea to maintain some separation, to prevent interference. But the Cat5E cabling is designed to avoid interference affecting it, as much as possible. We have both, plus telephone wiring, in trunking, and haven't had any problems.
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    The 'rule' is to have physical separation so you don't get 240/110 volts on your CAT5. There is no other requirement.

    (apologies to BATcher for nicking his response.)

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by P T View Post
    The 'rule' is to have physical separation so you don't get 240/110 volts on your CAT5. There is no other requirement.
    I would fervently hope that the insulation around each cable prevents the mains voltage from appearing on the CAT5E wire! It would be somewhat disturbing otherwise...
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    Insulation tends to break down under physical pressure and heat stress (fire). Physical separation keeps you safe(er).

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by P T View Post
    Physical separation keeps you safe(er).
    A metaphor for our time...
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