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When Should You Buy a Plenum Cable?
Plenum-Rated Network Cables and more.
Plenum cables are specially built for plenum spaces, which are rarely-used or accessed spaces like those above ceiling panels or between walls
by Vikas Dayal • November 24, 2023
Plenum cables are specially built for plenum spaces, which are rarely-used or accessed spaces like those above ceiling panels or between walls. Cables.com offers a variety of plenum-rated cables intended for safe use in your home or office space.
In a few other blog entries, we've delved into what exactly a plenum cable is and what separates it from other cables. While you might not have heard the word until you began shopping for cables for your home or office data network, you've most certainly encountered plenum spaces before. Think of the "out of sight, out of mind" areas of buildings you frequently access. To put it simply, a plenum space is space within the building meant for things like wiring and HVAC installments, ductwork: think of the spaces above drop ceilings, below your flooring, or between the walls. Plenum spaces aren't intended for occupation or day-to-day use. Running cable through plenum spaces is ideal because it keeps cables out of sight, and away from any unintentional handling or movement that might interrupt their use. It also means that because these spaces can be difficult to access, cable being installed there should be sturdy and built to last, as replacing them would be a lot of trouble.
Plenum Network Cables
Our Category 6 Plenum Rated Shielded Ethernet Cables feature shielded construction in order to block EMI or electromagnetic interference, ensuring clean signal transmission. They're built with a CMP (plenum) 23 AWG jacket and operate at bandwidths of up to 550 MHz. The jacket is intended to comply with fire safety codes, which means that it's less likely to burn in the event of a fire, which will slow the spread of fire through those plenum spaces. While the jacket itself won't stop a fire, it won't emit toxic fumes as it burns.
You have the option of purchasing plenum fiber optic cable, as well. Consider our Plenum LC to LC 10gb aqua fiber optic cable. This high quality fiber optic cord has a slim 2mm jacket for crowded network switches in data racks, and you can purchase it in multi-packs or in bulk.
Plenum-rated HDMI and USB cables
Besides our plenum shielded ethernet cables, Cables.com also offers plenum HDMI cables and plenum USB cables. If you have a video feed that you need to run through an above-ceiling space, then the National Electric Code and National Fire Prevention Association require that video cable to be plenum-rated.
Cables.com stocks high-speed 24awg plenum HDMI cable. No conduit is required, and this HDMI cord is ethernet channel enabled, so you can connect your network to any app out there!
Our plenum SVGA cables can pass resolutions of up to 2048x1536 for PCs and up to 1080p for HDTV. They're proudly manufactures here in the US, and they're backed by a lifetime warranty.
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