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Do I need to run a Cat5e Plenum Patch Cord?

Let’s talk about the plenum-rating for just a second, plenum-rated cable gets it’s name from the HVAC term plenum spaces. The plenum spaces are those that lie between a drop and standard ceiling and it is this section where the air in a building circulates, thus aiding in heating and cooling functions. When there is no conduit used, plenum cable is often required since the cable is considered to be freely installed.

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The plenum space allows fire and smoke to travel quickly. By using plenum rated cable, the levels of toxicity in the smoke would be lower since plenum cable is coated with a jacket that is typically made of flame-resistant material such as Teflon. This special jacketing makes the cable smoke less than regular PVC cable and the smoke that is emitted is less toxic. Keep in mind that smoke inhalation is the number one cause of death in fires.

Back to the plenum rated patch cables, now that you have a better feel for where those cables are going, a plenum rated already made patch cord may save you a headache. Let check these out from our YouTube channel.

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