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 Question by Emma Pickering posted 17 Jan 2004
 linking 3 buildings
i have three buildings that i need to link, two already have cat5 UTP installed and the other which doesn't have any, but is a listed building grade 2, what is the best way to link these three together? they are around 500 - 700 metres apart from each other. thank you
 Answer by Dmitri Abaimov posted 19 Jan 2004
Dear Emma,

Although I don't know what the listed building grade 2 means, I can imagine that it may be possible to establish a wiring closet in the building somewhere, and pull the new cables there. From that closet you'd pull a fiber optic cable (considering distances you need to cover) to the building that will house the main distribution frame (MDF). If you need Gigabit Ethernet speeds, you should specify singlemode fiber cable. Otherwise multimode will do. If you do not have rights of way between the buildings, you may also look into wireless Ethernet or free air optic links.

Dmitri Abaimov, RCDD

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