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    Hi,

    I'm building my system for this year and wanted some advice. Do I need exterior grade cat6 for the cable to connect my smart receivers to my controller board or can I use the standard cat6 cable. I'm not sure if the exterior grade cable is overkill. The cable will only be used for Christmas and will be in yard and on the roof. Thanks for nay experienced advice.

    David

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    Are you in an area that gets snow? If so, it may be buried under the snow for a lot longer than just the Christmas season, especially if you get freezing rain immediately followed by snow.
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    Whichever you decide upon, make sure it is STRANDED wire, not solid, and 100% Copper, not CCA (Copper Clad Aluminum). Stranded wire is more flexible and is better for being handled year after year. Copper wire has much better conductivity than CCA.
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    Im in Texas. So it's the sun that is the killer here. Some Christmas's it can be in the 50 and 60 for some of the week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drounds67 View Post
    Im in Texas. So it's the sun that is the killer here. Some Christmas's it can be in the 50 and 60 for some of the week.
    Our weather is similar here is SE Georgia. I use stranded copper cat5 or cat6. I have Green color that matches my power extention cords. It is very visible on brown or dead grass but who says that's a bad thing. I personally don't care about the outer jackets protection as long as it's flexible I'm good. Only out for about 6 weeks.
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    Last edited by rayhjr; 05-17-2022 at 10:18 PM.

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    thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drounds67 View Post
    Im in Texas. So it's the sun that is the killer here. Some Christmas's it can be in the 50 and 60 for some of the week.
    Is that ABOVE zero? LOL!!!

    Lucky you! Up here we can get wind chills down to -50F in mid-winter and regular (no-wind) temps easily down to -35. It's why cat5 (or cat6) just doesn't work for me and why I'm 100% wireless. I've found that cat5 wire gets too cold to bend and can actually break and the plastic connector clips often just break off, leaving no way to keep the cable in a jack. I tried replacing a cat5 plug once at night when it was -25F; when I clamped it down on the wire, it shattered.

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    that is crazy.

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