Everything posted by Kilivolt
We take 2 liter soda bottles and cut the bottoms off of them for weatherproofing our extension cords--don't know if that would work for your data connections or not. We then stake the bottles down with a small stake like comes with landscape edging. (we make our own stakes out of the wire that is used for hanging acoustical ceilings). It keeps the water out of the connections and keeps the gfci from tripping.
Option # 3 is what you need to do. I would also spend the extra to get cat V that is rated for underground. It will be more expensive, but it will save you from having to pull it out in a few years from moisture getting into the cable and messing up the signal. Even with the wiring in conduit, it will still get moisture inside it.
We had pretty good luck at one of the Lowe's near us. We made out pretty decent at a few different Wal Marts and Walgreens also. I think we've got enough to replace the ones that we're probably going to have to retire after this season.