Originally Posted by Runningman
This might not be such a good idea, if I remember, when they make Ethernet cables and when they pull the twisted pairs threw the sheathing they use a peanut based oil as a lubricant, so you may get a few visitors nibbling on your cables.
My old man used to have his office on his property- seperate building from the house out back. He ran Ethernet from his office to the house, along the outside. Still there to this day and working great. That was about 7 years ago he had it setup to.
Probably depends on the area as to how big an issue you'll have. Also, run it under yer' awning/roof over hang so it's more difficult for larger critters to get to.