[Q] Does CAT 5 Cable have a life expectancy?
[A] CAT 5 Cable is made to varying standards of quality, and there are many installation types that can effect how long a cable will end up being usable.
Many installers do not observe simple installation rules that prevent excessive wear and tear on the cable, creating situations where the cable will need to be replaced sooner.
When installing CAT 5 Cable, it is critical that is is supported correctly, bent only in a manner not exceeding specified radius and not pinched or stretched to the point that the pulling tension is exceeded.
If a cable is installed observing these simple rules, you can expect it to last for years. Many CAT 5 Installations are 10 years old and still perfectly operational. Once again, quality of the cable is also a factor. Cheap cable will withstand less abuse and will fail quicker.
Eventually, all cable will have to be replaced, if for no other reason than to upgrade. Proper network planning will make this process easier in any case.
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