Updated March 13, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 9 Best Waterproof Ethernet Cables

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This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in December of 2016. For home users who are looking to connect security cameras, access points, or guest homes; and professional contractors who work on large outdoor, buried installations, this selection of waterproof Ethernet cables includes both precut options with connectors and heavy-duty, large spools. All have been specifically designed for use in wet environments. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best waterproof ethernet cable on Amazon.

8. Vivo V010

7. Ultra Spec Outdoor

6. CertiCable MC BX

5. Vertical Cable 059-485

4. Ubiquiti Networks TC-PRO

3. Vertical Cable 069-565

2. Snanshi Direct Burial

1. Vertical Cable 069-558

Editor's Notes

March 10, 2019:

There are a lot of different Ethernet cables on the market, and the nomenclature can be a little confusing. Currently, most non-commercial applications only require category 5 ratings, but it can't hurt to use a more advanced cable, in order to future-proof your setup. The main difference to the consumer is in the price. When it comes to waterproof cables, on the other hand, there are two types: standard, sealed PVC cables, and gel-filled varieties. The gel filling actually serves as a self-healing layer that seeps into any nicks or creases and ensures that the jacket retains its integrity over time. Snanshi, Geplink, and Ultra Spec make great products that are suitable for most consumers, though the Snanshi is the only to claim full shielding and, therefore, actual Cat7 capabilities. Technically, it's capable of speeds as high as 100Gbps, although such high-end networks do not yet exist. Ubiquiti's bulk spool is useful for underground installation by professionals, who will have the expertise needed to ensure that custom-installed connectors have the same level of integrity as the sealed cable itself. For those working with high-end projects, it's tough to beat Vertical Cable's range of products, as their gel flooding means they're suited to more sensitive applications. And Vivo's bulk selection is ideal for custom security networks, as its all-copper construction is certified to fully support Power over Ethernet, which is a must-have for many camera units. Finally, CertiCable's aluminum-clad variety is fully armored, and will protect your connection from electrical interference, as well as hungry rodents.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on March 13, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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