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 Question by Jim Lucas posted 09 Aug 2005
 Cat6 and Power in Same Channel
Can CAT6 be run in parallel to power in a confined space (ie channel of office panel solutions) if the power is shielded with flex-metal-conduit? The intent in this situation is to use each knockout in the channel for either 110 duplex power receptacle or CAT6 data jacks. Channel dimensions are approximately 2.125"x4".
If so, what details need to be observed when connecting the duplex receptacles?
 Answer by Joseph Golan posted 10 Aug 2005
Dear Jim,

If the channel in the furniture is designed for this then you should not have a problem with the cable. Be aware of the rear clearence required for the jacks, Some manufacturers of the workstation components have a snap on raised cover to handle this without the problem of squashing the cables behind the jacks.

My suggestion is to have the power work done first and then route in the commenucation cables.

Joseph Golan, RCDD

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