Cat6 Shielded Solid Aerial Cable with Messenger

It usually costs more to buy custom products. At ShowMeCables it can cost less. Our wide selection of bulk cable costs considerably less than shorter, pre-cut lengths. And yet with bulk cable you can wire your installation to the exact custom lengths you need.

Also, with less excess cable, it is easier to install, remove or re-route cords and to troubleshoot wiring problems. Faulty connections are easier to find in a well-ordered installation, which means less downtime during maintenance.

If you decide to try bulk cable, you might wonder what the differences are between our indoor cable and our many CMX-rated outdoor offerings. Following are the top three.

Outdoor Cable Resists Sunlight

A signature feature of outdoor-rated cables is a UV-resistant jacket, usually made of polyethylene (PE) or polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Indoor-rated cables have no UV protection, which means that under daily exposure to direct sunlight their jackets would degrade and crack over time.

Outdoor Cable Resists Moisture

Another main feature of outdoor cable is that it is waterproof for protection from the elements. Its PE or PVC jacket has low water absorption. An outdoor-rated CMX cable will protect your connection even if the cable jacket is submerged.

A related option is oil-resistant cable. It is made from materials that will not corrode or break down when exposed to most chemicals or oils that are found in industrial settings.

Outdoor Cable Can Go Underground or Overhead

There are two other types of outdoor cable that can go where indoor cable would not survive for long. Direct burial cable is designed to be installed underground. It is “flooded,” meaning the core is filled with gel that blocks any outside moisture seepage.

Aerial cable is used between two poles in the air. A rigid cable called a “messenger” runs parallel to the main cable to give it strength and stiffness. Its low-density polyethylene (LDPE) jacket protects it from water and extreme temperatures.

ShowMeCables has dozens of options for those looking for cable in bulk lengths. Most of the selections, like our total inventory of 15,000-plus items, are in-stock and available for same-day shipping. If you have any questions, we would love to hear from you at 1-855-958-3212.