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I have a Cat-6 cable running to an external PoE security camera that I'd like to have surge protected, but I'm unsure how to ground the protector. It has a prong coming off that I assume is the ground wire, but I don't know where to connect this. Is there an adapter to connect it to a close-by outlet and use that as ground? I feel that the location of the surge protector (indoors, about 8 feet high) is too far to try to attach it to an outdoor "to earth" pole.

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Here is a link to the surge protector I'll be using.

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If it is UTP CAT6 then you don't need a ground. If it isn't then you ground it like you would any other electrical component. Might just run a piece of 14 gauge wire over to an electrical box and tie it in there.

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Thanks for the reply! One cable is Cat6 UTP, one is Cat5e UTP- the 5e is direct burial stuff (and is buried), so it's the one I'm most worried about. The Cat6 runs in conduit over the roof of the building, then inside- should I not worry about it being grounded and just focus on the 5e? –  Ben May 1 '13 at 17:47
    
There is no ground needed for UTP cabling. –  DMoore May 2 '13 at 15:53

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