Ethernet between 2 buildings 1000' apart

July 16, 2011 at 15:24:29
Specs: Windows 7
Hi. I need to a run an Ethernet network between 2 buildings 1000ft apart. The buildings are in a forest so I don't think wireless is possible. What kind of cable can I run between the two buildings and what type of adapters do I need on each side?


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July 16, 2011 at 16:20:04
Basically you can't.

The Maximum length for a an Ethernet link between two devices is 100 meters (328) feet. To run an Ethernet cable over that kind of distance you would need to install a repeater every 300 feet. 1000 feet is beyond the capabilities of Wi-fi, even without the trees.

If both these building have an Internet connection you can link them together via VPN (Virtual Private Network) which goes via the Internet.


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July 16, 2011 at 17:20:54
You could run fiber optic cable or power over ethernet repeaters. Just use the trees as utility poles. This is assuming you have the right-of-way along the path.

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July 16, 2011 at 18:53:49
The 2nd building does not have an internet connection. Basically we have small cabin in the woods which has been vandalized a few times. I'm try to setup a network to give us internet access in the cabin and send/store surveillance video to the 2nd building where there is a DSL connection (where I can ftp to a website, etc)

How do the cable companies provide long distance internet? Could I buy Ethernet to RG6 adapters and run RG6 to get that distance?

Thanks for everyone's comments so far!

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July 16, 2011 at 21:17:57
How does the cabin get power? Cable strung overhead is an invitation to vandalism. Direct burial cable would be hidden. Depends upon the terrain.

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July 16, 2011 at 21:38:56
The cabin has normal electrical service. I agree, exposed cable won't work. This needs to be stealth.

Anyone have experience with GefenTV Ethernet Over Coax Signal Extender?

I'm thinking I could install ip addressable cameras in the cabin and send the images to the other building. This seems to be cheaper and easier to use vs fiber.

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July 17, 2011 at 00:33:27
You still would have to string the coaxial cable between the sites. It does seen able to do the job for less than $200 per end plus cable.

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August 15, 2011 at 14:16:39
I am happy to say the GefenTV Ethernet Over Coax Signal Extender worked like a charm. I tested for a week on burial grade RG6. After that we dropped the cable into the ground and no issues so far.


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