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 Question by Jason Wilkins posted 16 Aug 2000
 Cat 5 Lenghts
Hi there,
As well as using Cat 5 for our normal networking requirements, we also use it for laying remore printers. My question is this, what sort of distances can i safely run a printer on a dedicated Cat 5 line. If it is of any use, we run printers over a Lantastic spooler at a Baud rate of 9600. What is the signal degredation likely to be expected over longer distances ?
Thankyou for your time.
 Answer by Roman Kitaev posted 17 Aug 2000
Hi, Jason!

When you attach a printer to the network, it acts like a normal station (eg, Ethernet). In this situation, the normal cabling rules apply as stated in the ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-A standard:

- maximum cable length = 90 meters
- total length of cords = 10 m
- total cabling channel length (between printer and hub) = 100 m

Best regards
Roman Kitaev, RCDD

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