networking with coax

May 28, 2009 at 13:01:22
Specs: Windows XP
I purchased 2000 feet of cat5 cable, and I realized that you can only run 390 ft before signal is lost.

Does anyone know of a cat5 to coax converter?


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#1
May 28, 2009 at 13:46:54
Why don't you use fiber optic for such distance?

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#2
May 28, 2009 at 13:52:04
I guess the first question is, how long a distance do you have to span?

While coax "thinnet" cable has a longer maximum segment length (if I'm remembering correctly, nobody's used that in years) it is also significantly slower.

You might want to consider fibre optic or wireless if your distance is too far for Cat5e


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#3
May 28, 2009 at 13:53:27
It's 328 feet or 100meters not 390ft. Coax max length recommended is 185 meters or 606 ft.

Fiber is a much better choice and can provide better bandwidth.

Google cat5 to coax converter for the equipment.


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#4
May 28, 2009 at 13:57:14
Another point for to decide, what's the best for this connection is, how many users will use this connection. 10 Mbit/s for only one user can be a pain, but 10 MBit/s for 100 users is useless.

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#5
May 28, 2009 at 14:01:46
Signal doesn't get lost. It is the limit of rated performance.

They do make cat5 to coax. They won't change your distance over coax. You can go longer as long as you know about the problems. You can't real far longer either.

Depends on speeds you need. A switch or repeater between would work.

Also modems are possible but still slower speeds.

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#6
May 28, 2009 at 14:02:38
Wireless is always a security risk.
It's also susceptable on bad wether conditions.
Trees or buildings between the connections will do the rest.

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#7
May 29, 2009 at 14:05:37
Get a short haul modem.

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#8
June 2, 2009 at 08:32:02
I appreciate all the responses.

We are trying to run the network roughly 2,050 ft.

I had assumed that cable companies were still primarily using coax...but after looking into fiber optic cable I realize that this is no longer the case.

I would have no problem just setting up some remote networking software to eliminate having to run the cable...but there's no high speed internet at the place we're trying to reach (which is also part of the company). We also can't use wireless because of the fact that we're actually running this up a 2,000 foot mountain in the Appalachians (I know).

If anyone could point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it.

We need to know what kind of equipment we'll need to connect fiber optic cable to a standard rj45 router and lan port. I've seen fiber optic network cards...and that's not entirely out of the question, but every penny saved is one we definitely need.


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