Cat6 and AC cabling

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 Question by Dan Hield posted 04 Apr 2006
 Cat6 and AC cabling
I am cabling a Cat6 Gigabit Ethernet network in a new building. The AC electrics are being channelled into breeze block and then plastered over. Can I use the same channelling to lay the Cat6 voice and data or should I channel separately? What is the risk/impact of AC interference on the voice and data cabling?
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 Answer by Joseph Golan posted 04 Apr 2006
Dear Dan,

If you are using grounded metal conduit for the power and telecoms cabling then it should be fine. I am assuming that this channel will only be for 10' or less. I would not bury cable directly into a chopped out wall and plaster over it without some type of conduit protection in any case. The standards call for a minimum of 4" separation with unshielded cabling.

Sincerely,
Joseph Golan, RCDD

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