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By ashby ·
this may sound silly we are moving our
company to a building with existing
ethernet hookups and we were
wondering .....does cat 5 rot or in anyway
go bad?

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by Q2Ggirl In reply to Cat 5

The existing CAT5 should be fine. The only problems you may incur are cut cables, but other than that, the runs should still be good.

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by True_Texan In reply to Cat 5

You may want to check the existing Cat 5 out to avoid future problems. Many people in the past have wired buildings for Ethernet without using Cat 5 certified punchdown blocks, terminations, wire, and wiring schemes. These will work (most of the time) for low bitrate transmission, but will give you problems at higher transmission speeds. Some cable runs may also be over the 100 meter maximum length if it's a large building. Ethernet is forgiving up to a point, but excessive cable runs will usually cause sporadic problems.

I would find a Cat 5 wiring tester and test the connections you plan to use before setting up the LAN. It's much easier than trying to troubleshoot the problems when users are on the system.

Hope this helps!

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by rawright In reply to Cat 5

Test everything! Cable plant does degrade over time, usually about ten years is enough to consider replacing it. And just because the cabling is called Ethernet, doesn't mean it's Cat5 compliant - that's a relatively new standard, and the old 10BaseT Ethernet worked fine on a variety of lower quality wiring; the newer, faster technologies won't.

If there's room in the budget, and you plan to stay in the building a long time, rewire it all with the latest and greatest. Things are only going to go faster in the next few years, and you'll save yourself a lot of frustration and downtime in the future by doing so!

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