Cat 5 cables are highly common for connecting Ethernet networks and can transfer up to 1 gigabit per second, according to Webopedia. You can bury Cat 5 cable, but you may need special protection for it.
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You can lay Cat 5 cable underground, but it is unsafe to do so without a protective sheath over it. Some people, however, do run Cat 5 cable underground without any cover.
For added safety against the elements, some companies make Cat 5 cable specifically designed for underground burial, but expect to pay a premium for this cable.
Neither Cat 5 cable nor direct burial Cat 5 cable will protect your wiring from lightning strikes. Outdoor Ethernet networks require a surge protector for any type of cabling.
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