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cat5 cable over long distance

cat5 cable over long distance

(OP)
Hi there,

I have a phone line that originates in the main building of a business. There is another building about 1000 feet away where this phone line is used. I've traced it, and after coming in to the main building, the two phone wires are attached to one of the pairs of a 4 pair cable.

It runs through a 4" conduit to the building 1000 feet away and there it is connected to a phone jack.

We want to get internet down at this building. We have been using an RF system but it's very unreliable. It's slow, but that's okay. The problem is that it goes out all the time.

Would it be possible to use the unused pairs to carry an internet connection? Is it too far? It's okay if the speed is degraded, it doesn't need to be fast at all... but it does have to work.

If that is not a possibility, what other options do I have? Assuming I could pull another wire through the same 4" conduit, what is the best option? Is there an option?

Thanks very much!

-Brian

RE: cat5 cable over long distance

In a word, yes. You can use a two-wire "Ethernet extender" product such as Patton's (www.patton.com) CopperLink family. Easy to deploy and maintain.

RE: cat5 cable over long distance

Fiber is the best option for that distance and the likelihood the buildings are on separate electrical services with different grounds. Fiber not only goes the distance, is more immune to environmental issues but also maintains electrical isolation. Oh, it's fast also...

RE: cat5 cable over long distance

Please ensure that the CAT5 cable has been properly protected at both ends. I would probably gravitate towards fiber between the buildings.

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RE: cat5 cable over long distance

(OP)
Thanks for the help.... Fiber seems like the best bet but at this time we're trying to do something inexpensive and in-house. I don't have any experience with fiber, so I'm going to give that ethernet extender a try and see where it leads me. If not, maybe we can do something with fiber!

Thanks everyone, :)

RE: cat5 cable over long distance

Ethernet extender should work. you can also get per terminated fiber with a pull eye. So all you would need is a transceiver on both ends.

RE: cat5 cable over long distance

(OP)
I just wanted to post an update and thank mforrence for the help.

I installed the Ethernet Extenders and it's working amazingly. It's really fast, too.

It was easy to install and I'm really thankful I didn't have to run a new through this old conduit!

Thanks again,

-Brian

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