At PI Manufacturing, we often get asked what the difference between our standard Cat5e / Cat6 bulk cable vs our outdoor and direct burial cables. In this article, we'll break down the differences and how each type of cable is constructed.
As the name suggests, outdoor rated cables are designed to be used outdoors, where it can withstand the elements. Unlike their indoor counterparts, outdoor cables are constructed with jackets that offer UV protection to prevent degradation over time. Direct burial cables can also be used outdoors, but has the added feature of allowing it to be buried under dirt without the use of conduit.
The temperature is important when using outdoor rated cables. Since these cables will be used outside in the elements, it needs to be able to withstand different types of temperatures, whether hot or cold. Standard PVC cables can only withstand a temperature down to -20°, while outdoor rated cables use a PE (Polyethylene) jacket that can withstand temperatures down to -40°C.
Direct Burial Cables
Although outdoor rated cables can be buried in the dirt with a conduit, direct burial cables are designed for that purpose. Direct burial cables featured waterproofing features that prevent moisture damage. 3 different types of waterproofing are provided: