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  1. fish United Kingdom

    fish Well-Known Member

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    Am having to work from the 'garden shed' and the wireless signal is not great for internet access.

    Before I start drilling holes in walls & buying kit, does anyone have an idea of what the maximum distance (in cable length terms) is on a wired connection that you can get without severe loss of connectivity?

    TIA

    Fish
     
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    I had one that was about 15 meters in length. That was the network cable rather than the phone cable, didn't see any noticeable loss of service with that.

    Grant
     
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    I have one in my day job which is 20 metres away from a bt router, thats an ethernet one.

    Hope thats enough.

    I have heard that if its just the standard phone cable line from a broadband socket, over 5 metres and your struggling?
     
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    Cheers, I'm talking in terms of network cable from router -> computer. I figure the total distance from router to computer would be roughly 60 feet .....
     
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    http://www.cat-5-cable-company.com/faq-maximum-length-cat-5-cable.html 100 metres apparently.

    I flood wired my old company office once, cat5 everywhere and never had any problems, so unless ur shed is a mile away u should b ok!
     
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    Yep, should be absolutely fine with that.

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    You can do a 100m run with no issues, or if you need longer, install a switch or hub at a midway point.
     
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    Don't bother with Cat5, use Cat5e (UTP) at least you can then run at Gigabit ethernet speeds if you ever want to without ripping it all out.

    You'll be absolutely fine distance wise. If it's running outdoors unprotected it might be worth buying "outdoor grade" cable, although I've run standard premises cable outdoors in a tube without any problems over a distance of about 70m-80m.

    I've got a few hundred meters of decent premises cable lying around that would do the job absolutely fine. It is bright orange mind you, but if you want me to make a cable up for you with standard RJ-45 connectors on each end ready to go, drop me a pm with how long you want it and your address and I'll drop it in the post.
     
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    kevscabling.co.uk - Coming soon to an internet near you! ;)

    ..... now I think about it, should probably be kevscabling.me.uk
     
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    Bright orange should be the mandatory colour when installing in a shed.

    User has a better chance of seeing it as they stumble out pissed at 4am on their way to bed.


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    lol solved that one already, camp bed installed ....
     
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