I have been trying to help a friend get broadband at his home but he so is far from the exchange the router is just about coping, it loses its lock quite easily and takes ages to re-establish. BT engineers cant (wont?) help.
His neigbour has a constant signal and says it works OK. Now my question is, how far can we go with connecting HIS router to my friend's computer with a long ethernet cable ? What's the maximum distance that one can go on ethernet cabling ?
As another extreme solution, has anyone had experience of ethernet to optical fibre cabling ?
The things we do for friends !!!!
the maximum length for a CAT5 cable segment is 100 meters (328 feet). If longer runs are required, then an active repeater, or a switch, will be required to keep the date at max speed, that is on 100 Mbit/s networks.