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  #1180863 21-Nov-2014 15:48
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Nope. And if I can find some of the 10cm-or-so-wide plastic stuff they usually put over power cables (has words on it like "dont dig here, you idiot!"), that'll cover the accidental digging too.

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  #1180950 21-Nov-2014 17:25
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nic.wise: Hi

We are building a small (<10sqm) office in the garden. It'll have power (underground) and network to connect it back to the house (where the VDSL is). It's about 30m from the edge of the house to the edge of the office, and we are going to have to bury the power line - and the network I guess.

I was thinking about the ways to wire it up.

Ethernet - CAT6? 7? - seams like the obvious one, but the cable would need to be laid WITH the power cable (which is basically a long extension cable with some outdoor ruggedness added, and inside a conduit). But... ethernet and power don't mix well, not when they are run next to each other, right? Would shielded ethernet fix this? 

The other idea I had was to run fiber in the trench, and put a converter on each end. All the converters I can find are only 100Mbps, tho, and I'd prefer Gigabit as thats what the rest of the house uses. Is this normal, or did I miss something in my google search?

Putting two tubes in the trench is a possibility, but I'd prefer to just put one in. 

Any thoughts?



If you are getting it done professionally then have a trench dug with a trencher, at least 600mm deep for power, power at the bottom, cover 1/2 way then put a conduit in for your network. A bit pointless and expensive running fibre, coverters are quite pricy. Just run cat 5 thru the conduit.

you can direct bury outdoor rated cat 5, but your best running conduit in the ground so a new cable can be pulled thru in the future if needed.

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