softech 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?
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.
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
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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