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 Question by debbie cohen posted 01 Jan 2001
 cat 5 next to steam heaters
1. What would you recommend to do if you are running cat 5e next to steam heaters (In NYC many buildings have steam heaters and network/telephone cable companies run cable under or above the heaters inside the heater covers)?
2. Would insulation help?
3. Will it affect the quality of the transmission if there is no protection?
4. The manufacture claims that the cable can stand 140 degrees without degradation. Do the ssteam heaters go over 140 degrees?
 Answer by Roman Kitaev posted 03 Jan 2001
Hi, Debbie!

I think everything should be OK if:

1) the temperature doesn't exceed the range stated by the manufacturer
2) the relative humidity doesn't exceed the range stated by the manufacturer

High temperature increases cable attenuation and it may cause problems on long links.

Best regards
Roman Kitaev, RCDD

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