[windows2000] Re: OT: Max length of Cat 5

  • From: "Timothy Mangan" <tmangan@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2003 13:46:50 -0400

Cat5 distance depends on what you are running.  Gigabit Ethernet over Cat 5
has a max distance of 100 meters (appx 300 feet).  Slower speeds are more,
although I don't remember the specifics offhand.  I'd guess that 2000 feet
is too far.  To boost you need a "bridge", although any hub/switch will do
as long as you do not exceed 2 bridging devices before hitting a router.
Search ieee.org on the Ethernet speed you are interested in - they write the

Can't answer on the cable - way too many years since those classes!  I do
know that 16 rabbit ears work the same in any configuration.  There's always
one station that needs an adjustment.

-----Original Message-----
From: windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Costanzo, Ray
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2003 11:37 AM
To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [windows2000] OT: Max length of Cat 5

Hi list,

Does anyone know if there is a practical limit to how long a Cat 5E
cable can be before you'd need to put something in the line to boost the
signal, i.e. a switch or some other device?  Is a 150 foot run of Cat 5E
okay?  And more so then, how about a 2000 foot run from my house to my
neighbors, assuming I have an anti-squirrel jacket on the cable and

(to push it even more with off-topic questions...  If I have to split
coax cable (like, for TV) into 16 different outputs, is it better to use
a 1-into-16 amplifier/splitter, or use a 1-into-4 and then four
1-into-4's off that?)

Hey, thanks!

Ray at work

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