Keeping Data Separate from Power

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by oldpond, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. oldpond

    oldpond Networkin' Nut Member

    I have a question about the overall wiring of data and power. In my house the cable comes in at the same point as the power. My cable router, wireless router, and switches are all located very close to the main fuse panel and the alarm box. In the data center we always run power cables in separate channels from the data cables, but I've never seen any real evidence that this is a real issue. Should I spend the time to do some cable management in my house to get the data cables away from the main fuse panel?
  2. gutsman7

    gutsman7 Networkin' Nut Member

    Well its always clever to implement abit of cable management when its looking like serious traffic.
  3. EOC_Jason

    EOC_Jason Networkin' Nut Member

    In a data center (as any commercial facility), there are electrical codes to follow. I'm pretty sure you can't mix high & low voltage in the same conduit.

    Having your networking gear next to your breaker panel really shouldn't cause any adverse affects. If there is interference, then move it, otherwise let it be. ;)
  4. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Most trunking where I live carries all manner of cables from 3 phase 440v, telephone, CAT5E, TV distribution, SAT TV Dish lines, and video camera coaxial feeds too:) It is very common here for CAT5 to run for well over 100 feet next to a power cable carrying hundreds of amps. It has never made any difference whatsoever to the throughput at either 100Mbps or 1Gbps speeds, and no significant errors have ever been seen, though the usual advice is that you shouldn't do it. Hope that helps to put things into perspective. But I would personally advise against it unless there's no alternative. However, be careful of your local fire etc. regulations. You may live in a country where people care about such things :p
  5. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Always better to separate and screen (via a metal conduit or the likes) the different cable types, for both data integrity and for heat related phenomena. However, in reality, short runs of power parallel to data should not have any adverse effects. I have seen longish runs of power next to cat5 lead to error counts going up and speed going down, but that was about 15 or 20 meters where the LAN cable was taped onto the power cable by some idiot.
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