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 Question by Rick Carey posted 26 Jul 2005
 Cat5e cable outside runs

I have a very large property with many obstructions throughout the property. I have tried in the past to connect via wireless to the top of my property where I have a server which is about 1500 - 2000 feet away. I have used repeaters as well. It never worked. I have recently had cat5e run throughout my property and the very short runs out side seem to work well. Those are runs of 200 feet or less. Anything over that is not working at all. I was told to just place routers every 300 feet and this would solve my problem. What suggestions or advice do you have to runs cat5e that distance. I am looking at three runs of over 1500 feet apiece.

I appreciate your response.
 Answer by Joseph Golan posted 28 Jul 2005
Dear Rick,

I believe that your realistic solution is to run Multi-mode fiber (Outside plant rated)and use media converters to convert the electrical signal to optical signal and then back again at the other end. Copper has a standard limit of a 90 meter (295 ft) for the link and 100 meter (328 ft) for the channel. Investigate the media converters first to know which type of fiber is required and the length limitations of the converters (varies by manufacturer). Choose the media converter that best fits your application (100BaseT, 1000BaseT, etc)

Joseph Golan, RCDD

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