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Cat 5 Cable

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Do most of you run your Cat 5 cable out a window, or have you setup a plug on the exterior of your house? My computer is located in the back of my house and running it out the window and around the house will exceed the 100' range required for the first LOR box. I could drop the line into my basement, and run it along the ceiling. This will allow me to run the wire directly to the front of the house without having to go around, thus putting my first box within the 100' mark. How do most of you do it? I'm thinking having a connection on the outside of my house would make a neater connection, I could cover it with one of those plastic in use cord covers to keep it dry.

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For the last 2 years I've had to run cords through a window. This year the PC will be in the garage to the cat5 can go out under the door. I'm not sure how I'll run power just yet, sinceI don't have enough outlets outside. I'll probably have to run something through a window untilI can afford an upgrade next year.

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I would certainly go for the Easy Light Linkers, but right now they are not inmy budget. I'll again be running the cat5toUnit 1out my family room window which isat the back of the house. Unit 1 controls the lights on the roof, so it works out to be well within the 100 foot requirement. If you are doing roof lights, this might be the way to go as the extension cords going up to the lights won't show from the front and will also keep your first unit within the parameters.

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I've put a cat 5 jacks on the inside and the outside of my computer room (wired together, of course). When I'm ready to set up the display, I'll run a cable to from the computer to the inside jack, and then another from the outside jack to the first LOR controller. No cold air coming in through my windows!

D.T.

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When I built out my workshop, I burried a CAT5 cable just for the show. It terminates next to one of my controlers and from there it's all above ground.

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i bought a flat piece of cat 5 cable. i opened the window, threw the cable out the window and closed the window. worked like a charm

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jrez wrote:

I could drop the line into my basement, and run it along the ceiling. This will allow me to run the wire directly to the front of the house without having to go around, thus putting my first box within the 100' mark. How do most of you do it? I'm thinking having a connection on the outside of my house would make a neater connection, I could cover it with one of those plastic in use cord covers to keep it dry.

I think that's how I would do it in your situation. (It would bea LOT cheaper than the wireless solution.)

TED

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thyno z wrote:

i bought a flat piece of cat 5 cable.

If it's flat then it's not technically Cat5 since the pairs aren't twisted (but should work fine for LOR).

TED

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margie wrote:

Another option might be using a pair of Easy Light Linkers. They allow you to "Wirelessly connect your PC to outdoor controllers for convenience and safety."

Quite expensive but there is some potential cross over marketpotential. I believe we have shown one of the LOR serial to RS485 converters is compatible with Animated Lighting hardware (doesnt work for everybody because some motherboard BIOS's to computers dont work right requiring an AL monster brain for those problem BIOS's), but I think there could be some usefulness for some AL customers. Dan if you read this, if you would like someone to test the Easy Light Linkers on an Animated Lighting system and then RETURN the items back to you. Let me know, I'd be happy to let you know if it works! I might have some future need for something like this but probably not this season.

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dschwab9 wrote:

Flat Cat5 does exist. It's 1/16" or so thick and the pairs are twisted. It's available as patch cables, or an adhesivie backed version you can stick to the wall. See http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?cat_id=303&sku=43031

Wow, I've never seen that before. :shock:I was thinking about the kind thatis just like the flat modular phone line except twice as wide.

TED

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