Re: High End Telecom
From: Jim Snyder-Grant (
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 11:55:43 -0500
At New View (Acton MA), we have conduit buried which is intended for 
future network wiring. Many units wired internally with Cat-5 wires for 
phones and networks. The conduits are waiting at least until the common 
house is completed before we fill them, as they are designed to 
terminate there. We are still undecided about fibre vs. Cat-5 (vs 

You mentioned: " integrating the trench design to see if I can get power 
and telecom in one set of ditches. I'll keep the list posted as to our 
progress."  Just be sure to check your networking specs. Cat-5 used for 
10-Base 100 does NOT like to be run parallel to power cables. In our 
houses, we had to specify to the electrician to make sure any close 
contact between Cat-5 and power cables was done at near-right angles. I 
guess there is risk of cross-talk between noisy power cables and 
sensitive data lines.

Good luck & have fun

Jim Snyder-Grant
jimsg [at]
Jim_Snyder-Grant [at]
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Where individual gardening efforts are really making the whole place 
look fine; where the common house is about to get staked off as the CH 
committee focusses on proposing the next few cuts we need to get our 
budget back to where we can start construction; and where our first 
post-move-in house turnover is about to happen.

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