What cable goes in the ceiling?

What type of cable would be appropriate to install into the ceiling crawlspace?

A) Category 6 cable

B) Shielded twisted pair cable

C) Plenum cable

D) Unshielded twisted pair cable

E) The lightest cable possible

The answer: C) Plenum cable

The plenum is the space above the drop-ceiling that contains ducts, plumbing, and cable runs. To minimize the spread of a potential fire, the cable in this are must be designed with fire-resistant materials. These cables are a bit more expensive, but they are usually required by law.

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