500 ft enhanced Cat5E cable ethernet between two buildings

January 27, 2013 at 10:17:37
Specs: Windows 7
A 500 ft Ethernet run with a mid-point POE extender, what should I use on both ends for best results? Looking for a possible switch at the termination end. I'm using enhanced Cat5E cable.

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#1
January 27, 2013 at 11:49:42
If I were you, I'd consider running fiber optic rather than 5E.

This for business or home use?

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#2
January 27, 2013 at 21:10:00
Yes, I agree, the best thing to use would be fiber optic with media converters, GBIC's or a combination of the two at each end.

What type of switch you have at either end will depend on your needs. Perhaps a bit of an explanation of what it is you wish to accomplish would help us help you.

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#3
January 29, 2013 at 05:50:59
This is for a small seasonal business to extend to an office, store, check-in area. Need internet access for business and customer access.

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#4
January 29, 2013 at 07:56:37
While more expensive, fiber optic is the better solution as it doesn't require any kind of repeater in the line to boost the signal. If you run that Cat5e cable underground and the repeater fails, how do you replace it? For that matter, how are you going to provide power to it?

I would recommend doing a price comparison. You can get custom lengths of preterminated fiber optic made. Multimode will easily cover the required distance. You would want to media converters, one for each end.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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#5
January 30, 2013 at 11:53:57
This sounds like very good advice. While the early help that I received had me buy the 1000 ft of cable and the POE device. Unfortunately, I felt that there would be more to the project and I'm not heading down a very reliable road. Thanks

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#6
January 30, 2013 at 14:06:29
If you don't mind me asking, how are you running the cable...above ground, or underground?

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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#7
February 1, 2013 at 12:47:08
I'm running the line above ground on poles.

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#8
February 1, 2013 at 14:33:26
I hope you bought outdoor grade cable. It has a much thicker/harder casing than plenum grade. If not, it shouldn't be too big a deal but you're definitely going to want to ensure your repeater is protected from the elements.

At least above ground you'll be able to get at the repeater easily should you ever need to replace it.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#9
February 4, 2013 at 11:13:29
I have the proper cable with weather proofing and power for the repeater.

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#10
February 4, 2013 at 12:41:53
What you connect at each end is going to depend on what you have now, and what you wish to provide. What do you presently have the incoming internet connection connected to? Most people use a SOHO router.

This idea of customer access. Is it necessary? Is it important to your business?

I ask because if you plan on having sensitive data on your business network that you do not wish to give customers access to, then that changes how you're going to do things.

If you have sensitive data, I'd advise you forego the customer internet access altogether as this is the least expensive solution.

If for some reason you must have that, and require segregating your business network away from the customer access then you have limited choices.
1) Pay for a 2nd internet connection and buy a second cable/repeater and pull both. Use one for business only and the other for customers only
2) If possible, pay for a second internet connection, have it installed in your other building. Use it only for customers.
3) Buy L2 VLAN capable switches (two, one for each end) and utilize VLAN's to segregate the two networks.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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