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I'm moving our older generation WiFiRanger Mobile Bullet, with the XT 15" antenna, to mount to our Winegard Sensar IV mast. (Want to be able to raise it up off of the roof that much higher, and then due to the non flexible 15" XT antenna, be able to lay it down on the roof while traveling.).

 

I need a run of 50' CAT5 to do this. Prefer not to run conduit on the roof. Loves, Home Depot, etc. did not seem to have any UV Protective/Outdoor cables available. Found one on Amazon, but the reviews reported about poor connectors, so that makes me less then enthusiastic to try them.

 

Anyone know of a good quality UV Protected/Outdoor CAT5/6 cable source?

 

TIA,

Smitty

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It is easy to find a box of Outdoor-rated Cat5 at the Home stores. I've never seen one without it (unless they happen to be out of stock). Expect to pay around $75 for 500'. Of course you have to know how to make your own ends.

 

I published a "how to" article on the paid RV Mobile Internet site of Chris and Cherie (Technomadia). This site is well worth subscribing to if you are interested in anything about Mobile data and connectivity. I post ALL of my communications content there first, and sometimes only there. I no longer post my communications content (for the most part) to my personal website.

 

HERE is a link to the Google version of the article - "Building Ethernet Network Cables".

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I'll take another look at Home Depot and Lowes. A gent in the RV Park we're in, said he go some at Fry's, so I'll check with them too. I was looking for 50' lengths, already terminated. Never thought about looking for bulk wire. I can always donate what I don't use to Habitat for Humanity. OK with doing my own endings, this way I can control the quality of the components.

 

I have a good size waterproof roof junction box, with good access to the inside of the coach. And will just do islands of tacking the run to the roof, usually just use a dab of Dicor.

 

And agree with subscribing to Technomadia's site, I do, and recommend them to others too...

 

Best to all,

Smitty

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I'm wondering how you changed out the cable in the first place. Doesn't that antenna have a line attached with no screw-off? Did you just cut the line near the base or what? I have one, too, and will be putting it on my OTA antenna soon. Problem is, OTA is at rear of coach; thru-the-roof holes are at front. So, I have about 30' to cover across the roof. Did you check to see that RR didn't already provide us with UV capable wire?

 

Jerry

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I'm wondering how you changed out the cable in the first place. Doesn't that antenna have a line attached with no screw-off? Did you just cut the line near the base or what? I have one, too, and will be putting it on my OTA antenna soon. Problem is, OTA is at rear of coach; thru-the-roof holes are at front. So, I have about 30' to cover across the roof. Did you check to see that RR didn't already provide us with UV capable wire?

 

Jerry

 

Hi Jerry,

 

I have not move it yet. It is up on the roof as I type, with the OEM Stubby Antenna. I have not looked at how the POE feed attaches, so you may have just given me a surprise:)!

 

We have finish cabinet work starting next week, and when we get the RV back I'll look at what i have to work with. Hate to add a splice into the cable, or female to female coupling, but suppose I could and then heat shrink tube over the coupling if needed.

 

I'll know sometime later this month.

 

I talked with my BIL, and he has about 250+ of good quality outdoor CAT 5 cable that he has left from a project. So that part is covered and a great price, free:)! (I'll borrow his connector gear too, as he has a full arsenal of equipment available...)

 

Best,

Smitty

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Smitty, thanks, but you ignored me; and you know what happens when you ignore me. I have to come up there, and nobody's getting any desert tonight!

 

You forgot to tell me whether the Cat-5 cable RR sends with the bullet antenna is already UV protected. I could call and find out; but I'd rather you do all the work.

 

Jerry

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Yes I did. And Jack, thanks for confirming that it is UV. I need to get up on the roof to look again, but I thought this was the MB2T (Or "2" something) Bullet, with custom software to play well with the Ranger. I thought these all came with a standard CAT 5 female connector, with a waterproof sleeved screw on bottom to tighten up and hold things together. Figured it would be a relatively simple swap over to a longer cable.

 

I was actually going to go overboard on adding the new XT antenna, thinking this was the risk area:)!

 

Smitty

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