Laying Cables in an Uncooled Attic Space

Even if the attic space is not used for air return, you may still need plenum-rated cables. When it gets hot in the summer, all the cables laid in the attic have to work at elevated temperatures. Unfortunately, the old category 3 PVC- insulated cables suffer from excessive signal attenuation at elevated temperatures. Do not use category 3 PVC cable at temperatures greater than 40 °C or 104 °F, a temperature easily attained in an enclosed attic. Instead, specify a less temperature-dependent cable, such as a FEP, PTFE, or PFA plenum-rated cable, or any category 5e or better cable.

With category 5e or better cables, the performance doesn't degrade as severely as with category 3 PVC, but the cable attenuation must still be de-rated to account for the increased resistance of the copper conductors at elevated temperature. See further information in Section 8.6, "Category-3 UTP at Elevated Temperature."


  • Cable performance must be de-rated to account for operation at the elevated temperatures commonly found in building attics.


Transmission Line Parameters

Performance Regions

Frequency-Domain Modeling

Pcb (printed-circuit board) Traces

Differential Signaling

Generic Building-Cabling Standards

100-Ohm Balanced Twisted-Pair Cabling

150-Ohm STP-A Cabling

Coaxial Cabling

Fiber-Optic Cabling

Clock Distribution

Time-Domain Simulation Tools and Methods

Points to Remember

Appendix A. Building a Signal Integrity Department

Appendix B. Calculation of Loss Slope

Appendix C. Two-Port Analysis

Appendix D. Accuracy of Pi Model

Appendix E. erf( )


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High-Speed Signal Propagation[c] Advanced Black Magic
High-Speed Signal Propagation[c] Advanced Black Magic
ISBN: 013084408X
Year: 2005
Pages: 163 © 2008-2017.
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