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 Question by FRED LOOR posted 25 Jul 2000
I recently installed a cable bundle consisting of 2-fiber optic, 2-cat5e and 2-coax (rg6) cables. It's a new house and the builder gave me a weekend to install it. Now I'm thinking if it was ok to run in the attic and if there are extreme temperatures conditions I should of checked on? Also, can the cat5e be used for intercom purposes?
Your help is greatly appreciated.
 Answer by Roman Kitaev posted 31 Jul 2000
Hi, Fred!

First of all, please check if the attic conditions are within the operating temperature and relative humidity limits for your cable.

The typical temp. range is -20 - +60 Celsius and max. humidity of 80 % for Cat5 UTP cables.

In principle, Cat5e cables can be used for intercom purposes. If your intercom system is like a normal telephone system, there will be no problem at all (Cat 5e is designed for telephone support).

Some issues arise if intercom uses speakers. In this case, consult the intecom system user's manual.

Best regards
Roman Kitaev, RCDD

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