Can I bury CAT6 Cable run underground?

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January 31, 2010 at 20:09:10
Specs: Windows XP, 2.53GHz/768 RAM
I am trying to connect a second PC to my internet network. The second PC is in a separate building on my property at a distance of about 550ft away. I live in the country, so I will bury it underground. Is this possible to do? If so, what should I use? Any suggestions are appreciated, thank you.

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February 1, 2010 at 04:09:01
Investigate fiber-optic instead of cat6 since the maximum recommended length for cat5/6 cable is 100m (328ft)

You would want to case the cable inside PVC conduit if you plan to bury it.

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February 1, 2010 at 08:00:54
As Richard pointed out, your distance exceeds the limitations of Cat 5e/6 cable by quite a bit. This leaves you two options.

One, fibre optic cable which again, Richard already pointed out. The second is wireless.

You could buy two wireless point-to-point antennas and connect the outbuilding that way if you have a nice clear direct line of sight. You won't of course have as good bandwidth or reliability with wireless, but that's the price you pay for the convenience. You should still be able to easily get minimum 100 Mbps bandwidth with decent antennas.

I suspect you'll find the fibre optic is too expensive since you'd also require two media converters (one at each end) to convert from fibre to copper. Also, a preterminated multimode fibre optic cable isn't cheap.

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March 17, 2010 at 18:06:37
If I am not mistaken I am pretty sure that there are CAT6 cable extender (Female/Female)

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