Ethernet+rain=no?

This is a discussion on Ethernet+rain=no? within the Tech Board forums, part of the Community Boards category; After getting completely fed up with my wireless I ran a cat5e ethernet cable out a window and into my ...

  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    465

    Ethernet+rain=no?

    After getting completely fed up with my wireless I ran a cat5e ethernet cable out a window and into my window. It just rained and the internet dropped. Maybe it was a coincidence. The cable is not touching the ground. Is this a no no?
    My computer is awesome.

  2. #2
    Woof, woof! zacs7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    3,459
    Well the cable should be water proof, but ensure water hasn't rundown the cable and into the device.

  3. #3
    and the hat of int overfl Salem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    The edge of the known universe
    Posts
    32,855
    I think a few more experiments are needed before coming to a conclusion.
    If you dance barefoot on the broken glass of undefined behaviour, you've got to expect the occasional cut.
    If at first you don't succeed, try writing your phone number on the exam paper.
    I support http://www.ukip.org/ as the first necessary step to a free Europe.

  4. #4
    l'Anziano DavidP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Plano, Texas, United States
    Posts
    2,738
    I just think that it's funny to imagine a cat 5 cable coming out of a window, running along the outside of a house, and going back into another window. haha
    My Website

    "Circular logic is good because it is."

  5. #5
    C++ Witch laserlight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    22,308
    I think a few more experiments are needed before coming to a conclusion.
    I concur

    I did have problems with rain and my sister's wireless Internet connection though, but running a wire (even a waterproof one) in an unsheltered area does make me feel nervous.
    C + C++ Compiler: MinGW port of GCC
    Version Control System: Bazaar

    Look up a C++ Reference and learn How To Ask Questions The Smart Way

  6. #6
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    167
    on rain/bad weather (it doesn't have to touch the ground) the cable gets electrostatic charge that can damage your hardware (nic switches routers etc). This can happen even if you use STP or FTP cable if they aren't grounded properly. So you should use a shielded cable or use a power surge protection (APC had something for this sort http://www.techexcess.net/images/pro...et1_medium.jpg)

    hope i was on topic

  7. #7
    Registered User ssharish2005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Cambridge, UK
    Posts
    1,682
    thats pretty interesting, i havnt heared any problems like this before. Well I have seen in my company cables running across the building ans stuff and I belive they are all CAT5e. They tent to work fine.

    Spank has solution for it as well

    ssharish2005

  8. #8
    Woof, woof! zacs7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    3,459
    Are they shielded? you can get CAT cabling that is shielded, rare but available.

  9. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    167
    over building and such i`ve used FTP cable that has one shield over all cables and the shield has a grounding connector that you can connect to the switch/router (only some have grounding capabilities). You must use RJ45 connectors that have grounding support.
    The STP cable i believe that has a shielding foil over each pair of cables.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unshiel...able_Shielding

    I also used normal UTP cable over buildings with no protection and from time to time during bad weather I got my nic/switch port toasted. It's not worth it!

Popular pages Recent additions subscribe to a feed

Similar Threads

  1. How to Write a Program in C to detect the Ethernet Cable?
    By christyyim in forum C Programming
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-11-2009, 05:12 AM
  2. ethernet
    By arian in forum Networking/Device Communication
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 04-09-2005, 05:09 AM
  3. Sony VAIO ethernet connection troubles
    By ZakkWylde969 in forum Tech Board
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 08-29-2004, 09:44 AM
  4. Sending data to an ethernet port
    By Patman in forum C Programming
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-04-2004, 08:37 PM
  5. Ethernet To Ethernet
    By tyler4588 in forum Tech Board
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 07-29-2003, 08:35 AM

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21