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Old 03-23-2019, 04:03 AM   #1
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Hey everyone,

I heard a few whispers about different municipals requiring that all new builds must have Cat6A installed as the minimum bandwidth for data lines (in particular Vancouver). The last couple installs I did we needed Cat6 anyways so didn't have to worry.

I'm now working on new private office building and they just have a couple dozen workstations, some printers and nothing else. I'd like to opt for Cat5e hardware/cabling to reduce costs but not sure where to look this up. It'll still be plenum/FT6 so just wondering if anyone else has come across this or where to even start looking. Most talk online just keeps talking about making sure it's FT6 rated.

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No. Cat6 is speced sometimes but is not required by any bylaw I ever heard of. Vancouver does have some goofy building codes but I've never heard of that one.

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Thanks, I didn't think so. It would be a pretty big ask, it might have been in relation to condominium housing as a different type of standard but seemed like a stretch for an actual bylaw for new builds. Just hate getting surprises from the inspectors.
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I think maybe someone got FT6 confused with cat6
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