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 Question by Carlos M. Douglas posted 19 May 2003
 Cat5 to Fiber
I am having some problems giving a solution for a custommer that wants to conect to buildings using cat5 cables where the main data switch is on one.

I would to know if there is any hardware that alows bust the signal on a cat5 cable and allows him to run for a distance of over 400 feet.

thanks for your help in advance


 Answer by Dmitri Abaimov posted 22 May 2003
Dear Carlos,

The preference should be given to fiber because it will be the fastest way to extend the distance up to 2000 meters on multimode fiber. However, if the fiber itself and a pair of transcievers are not within your budget, you could probably use a pair of LAN extenders. There are two different kinds: DSL type and proprietary protocol type. I don't really have working experience with copper boosters, but I have Black Box'es catalog, and it has both types. Give them a shot:

Dmitri Abaimov, RCDD

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