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Illegal to install permanent networking in Australia (thoughts?)

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Posted · Original PosterOP

So,

I was looking at doing some networking stuff for my house, including security cameras.

But apparently it's illegal to do it yourself in Australia, see quote bellow.

"In Australia, it's illegal to do your own fixed home cabling. It's legal to connect devices using pre-made ethernet cables strung along skirting boards or under carpets"

 

What's everyone's thoughts on this?

Personally I think it's a stupid law

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1 minute ago, Tipsy_Kangaroo said:

it's illegal to do your own fixed home cabling.

Maybe they want a qualified technician to do that? (for safety,they don't want you to drill a hole into things in the wall such as a gas pipe,a water pipe or electrical wiring)


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That's a stupid law. I found the website where you got that quote from. It says it's for your own safety. Yeah mate, gonna electrocute yourself on some ethernet cables.

 

 


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8 minutes ago, Tipsy_Kangaroo said:

strung along skirting boards or under carpets

Just don’t put under the carpet 

honestly the law sounds stupid 


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1 minute ago, Vishera said:

Maybe they want a qualified technician to do that? (for safety,they don't want you to drill a hole into things in the wall such as a gas pipe,a water pipe or electrical wiring)

Ohh, when I read that on the website I totally overlooked the fact that you could drill into other things lol

 

Still think that the law is stupid though, I highly doubt people are going to go drilling random holes into their walls without actually checking what's behind them, and for people like OP who know what they're doing


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I get where they are coming from as i believe it is also illegal to do any work on your electrical installation in Australia but seeing as networking is low voltage DC, it is kind of stupid yea. Unless you go for PoE, the only thing you can hurt yourself with is the sharp wires. Maybe they want to prevent shoddy installations that catch fire?

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2 minutes ago, NZgamer said:

I highly doubt people are going to go drilling random holes into their walls without actually checking what's behind them

A lot of people do that 😅

 

  

Just now, Vishera said:

going to go

I am going to go going.


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30 minutes ago, Tipsy_Kangaroo said:

So,

I was looking at doing some networking stuff for my house, including security cameras.

But apparently it's illegal to do it yourself in Australia, see quote bellow.

"In Australia, it's illegal to do your own fixed home cabling. It's legal to connect devices using pre-made ethernet cables strung along skirting boards or under carpets"

 

What's everyone's thoughts on this?

Personally I think it's a stupid law

Welllll i doubt anyone would ever check, so you could always diy it, I'm totally not suggesting doing something kinda illegal but probably would only result in a fine

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Just now, GougedKirby522 said:

Welllll i doubt anyone would ever check, so you could always diy it, I'm totally not suggesting doing something kinda illegal but probably would only result in a fine

Well you do suggest it...😅


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16 minutes ago, steelman said:

Personally i dont think it's stupid because people can accidentally cause fire.

should still be fine, 24awg can handle 3.5A if you get solid core. Unless you run PoE this should be plenty when it short circuits

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12 hours ago, Tipsy_Kangaroo said:

So,

I was looking at doing some networking stuff for my house, including security cameras.

But apparently it's illegal to do it yourself in Australia, see quote bellow.

"In Australia, it's illegal to do your own fixed home cabling. It's legal to connect devices using pre-made ethernet cables strung along skirting boards or under carpets"

 

What's everyone's thoughts on this?

Personally I think it's a stupid law

Legally in many places in the US you need a permit and potentially a certified electrician to do electrical work. Does not stop people like my dad from do it it his self and not obtaining a permit. Hows the government going to know? 

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Also me: Ignore any law I choose, I understand the repercussions, should I get caught but...as Coach always said - its legal if the Ref doesn't see it.  This is one of those laws where I would apply this logic.

 


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15 hours ago, Tipsy_Kangaroo said:

It's legal to connect devices using pre-made ethernet cables

I love this part. Wonder what the stance is on making your own cables? Guess my crimping tool is too dangerous.

 

As others have said. It's probably just to protect idiots from themselves. Think you'll be fine. 

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