Cat 5 over 500 feet?

April 4, 2005 at 19:07:52
Specs: Win2k, Intell

Hi, I have to wire 2 workstation which is roughly 500 to 600 feet. I am wondering is that true that normal Cat 5 cable only runs 500 feet? Does that mean if the 2 workstation are around 600 feet, there will be data loss on the line?

What if I put a hub in the middle? (ie, 300 feet from one machine to the hub and another 300 from the hub to the other workstation)

Or do i for sure need a repeater? A repeater will be A LOT more than a hub?


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April 4, 2005 at 21:55:17

Category 5 cable can only go up to 100feet max. However, I have seen some people that ran cat5e cable for more than 100 feet with no problems, but its not recommanded as it can cause data errors.

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April 4, 2005 at 22:26:45


Actually that is 100 meters, not feet.


You are pushing it, but you might be okay with a hub or switch if there are no other hosts on that segment. Have you considered fibre optic?


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April 4, 2005 at 23:11:55


sorry about the mistake :P

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April 5, 2005 at 03:22:54

It happens to all of us from time to time!

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April 5, 2005 at 06:00:00

thanks for all the reply.

100 meter is around 300 feet

so.. is it ok if i put a hub at around 300 feet point and then another cable from the hub to the 2nd machine?

sorry, i am a bit slow..

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April 5, 2005 at 14:23:14

Yes you can put a hub at around the midpoint and extend it . Don't use a hub , get a switch .

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April 5, 2005 at 19:37:28

My opinion is that it is definitely worth a try, and especially if there are no other hosts on that segment should work, but it is not guaranteed. You should keep an eye on things to be sure it's running smoothly.

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April 5, 2005 at 21:40:51

thanks everyone for help. I would give it a try.

thanks again

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April 6, 2005 at 05:26:21

a hub is a repeater with more than 2 ports . Put it in the middle using Cross-over cabling and it will work . A poor quality cable should work for 130M /segment and a good oane for 150-160 . Very important is how strong is the tranciever on the devices you use. I have seen 200 m of cable working ok with 3com switches on both ends in spite of 100 m theoretical specifications. BE AWARE IF THE CABLE RUNS OUTSIDE IT WILL BE AT LIGHTINIG RISK !!! UTP is for INDOOR ONLY

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April 6, 2005 at 05:43:23

Cross-over cabling? Are you ?

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April 20, 2005 at 07:02:26

Yes any cheap hub will do at the half-way point of the cable. You don't need a switch for a small network like you are connecting. I don't know how competant you are of computing, but don't mistake a hub for a USB hub! I knew a few guys that did that. Good luck!


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