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Weather Resistant Outdoor Cables

Cables.com offers network cables and extension cords manufactured specifically for use outdoors no matter what the weather.

Most cables are built for indoor use only, so it’s important to invest in safe, reliable cables like the ones you can find on Cables.com that are intended particularly for outdoor use.

by Vikas Dayal • December 07, 2023

A/V Cables, Cable Vendors, Cat5e / Cat6 Cables, Datacomm Cables, Power Cables, Power Cords


Most cables are built for indoor use only, so it’s important to invest in safe, reliable cables like the ones you can find on Cables.com that are intended particularly for outdoor use. Cables.com offers network cables and extension cords manufactured specifically for use outdoors no matter what the weather.

Whether you’re powering your hobby or your livelihood, it’s important to invest in safe, reliable cables like the ones you can find on Cables.com that are specifically manufactured for outdoor use.

It's currently winter in the Northern Hemisphere, which means lots of cold, wet weather depending on where you're located. Your cables may be buried beneath the snow, or subjected to frequent rain and ice. The added wear and tear faced by outdoor network cables and extension cords can render them unusable in only a short time. There’s also the risk of fire or electrocution if a wet cable is handled before the plug is allowed to dry. 

Cables.com's Datacomm outdoor cables are built to withstand exposure to the elements. Let's highlight some of the cables built especially for outdoor installment.

Outdoor Ethernet Cables

Most ethernet cable is laid indoors, but there are occasions where you will need your network to traverse outside areas, such as:

  • Connecting two or more external buildings
  • Accessing internet-enabled outdoor surveillance cameras
  • Connecting outdoor Wi-Fi access points

In many cases, the outdoor ethernet cable will be buried rather than running through the open air, but it will depend on the application. In both cases, the choice of ethernet cable is critical to ensuring a secure connection that will endure the elements. 

Cat6, or Category6 ethernet cables are still the industry standard for data center installations. We stock outdoor Category6 ethernet cables that are shielded and rated for direct burial. You can be sure that the high quality jacket of the cable will withstand years of harsh weather, whether in your backyard, around the siding of your house, or in a factory setting. It's made from rugged and durable HDPE rather than PVC, making it much more sturdy. These Cat6 outdoor ethernet cables are also built with RJ45 connectors, and 550 Mhz rated wire. They're capable of supporting POE (Power Over Ethernet) at 802.3bt up to 100W. They're waterproof, UV resistant, and because of the tough quality of their jackets are resistant to damage from insects and burrowing pests like rodents. 

Outdoor UV Resistant Waterproof Shielded Direct Burial Ethernet Cable - shop cables.com.

Weatherproof Outdoor Extension Cables

Many extension cords are intended only for use inside the home, and extensive exposure reduces the lifespan of your cables. A good outdoor extension cable is essential if you intend to get the most out of your gear, and for avoiding the possibility of fire or electrocution. It's important to exercise caution when working with electronics in wet environments, and just as important to make sure your tools are the right ones for the job. Before you get down to work on that big project, shop at Cables.com for watertight extension power cords in a variety of lengths and voltages.  

Our bright yellow and easy-to-spot L5-15 15A watertight extension cords, suitable for many indoor and outdoor home projects. These cords are available on Cables.com at affordable rates based on length. These extension cables feature a NEMA L5-15 3-prong locking power plug and are available in lengths from six to fifty feet long. The NEMA 5-15 power receptacle is the most common in North America, so this extension cable should be capable of handling most everyday needs. 

Yellow L5-15 Watertight Extension Cords - shop cables.com.

Buying Outdoor Cables at Cables.com

If you have any questions about our watertight cords or other offerings, contact us today to speak to a Cables.com representative. We look forward to providing you with your outdoor cable needs!

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