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Testing 500' cat5e while it's still rolled

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by silicon, Jul 21, 2005.

  1. silicon

    silicon Guest

    Dear Network Gurus,

    Fist off, thank you for all the helpful information you have provided. This forum has proven to be extremely helpful.

    I have a quick question for you. Should I be able to make a connection between a Linux box and a WRT54G via 500 ft of cat5e that is still rolled in the box?

    Here is the scenario:

    I plan on mounting my WRT54G in a water proof box at the top of my apartment building so I can use my laptop by the pool. I have determined that it will take approximately 300’ of cat5 cable to do so. I have bought a large box of cat5e cable (500’) and am trying to test the connection before completely unrolling the cat5e. As of right now, I am unable to make a connection between the box and the router.

    The question: Should I be able to make a connection between a Linux box and a WRT54G via 500 ft of cat5e that is still rolled in the box?

    I have ruled out network configuration problems as I can make the connection while using shorter lengths of cat5e (15’).



    Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards,

    Rich
     
  2. skorell

    skorell Network Guru Member

    If I remember correctly the maximum lenght for cat5 is around 300'. So this is most likely your problem.
     
  3. nightemaster

    nightemaster Network Guru Member

    if you want, you can probably buy a cheap hub or switch to act as a repeater between 250' and 250'. The only possible way i know to test it, is to crimp the two ends and measure the line with a networking tool.
     
  4. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    the standard says 100m or ~364' although that doesnt mean more wont work at all.
     

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