long-range networking

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February 18, 2009 at 12:36:15
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Hello all,
I am extenting a network a total of about 2000 feet outdoors, although the connections at both ends would be indoors. There may be a stop in the middle as well. I am just wondering what would be the best method to use? Ethernet? Fiber? or wireless? I have experience networking using ethernet and wireless, but not to this distance. There are many obsticles including trees and buildings, which makes me think that wireless might be difficult, along with the astronomical prices of high-gain antennas. I also want to know the dangers of running ethernet this distance under ground. This place is also in northern Pennsylvania, meaning that it is not uncommon for temperatures in the winter to be below zero, and in the summer, occasionally passes 100. would this be a bad ethernet location? and if it is what method would be better?
any help would be appreciated.

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February 18, 2009 at 12:49:30
2000 feet is too long for copper ethernet [limit 328ft]. Fiber would be your only choice given the circumstances.

You would need to run it in an underground conduit below the freeze level.

You may wish to consider two dsl links and putting in site to site vpn routers. You won't get gigabit like you get with fiber but this may be a better choice.

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