Longest network cable?

  MrNewName 18:37 08 Jul 2011

I'd like to put an internet access point in a place which will require about 200 metres of cable and before I invest in that amount of cable, I'd like to know if it is actually possible!

The Router/Modem is fairly new (although I can't recall make/model at present) but would it need to be upgraded?

The ISP is BTConnect; currently works great both cabled and wi-fi. Will 200 metres of cable degrade the speed?

Thanks for any advice.

  mgmcc 22:19 08 Jul 2011

Maximum length of ethernet cable run is generally 100 metres for Cat5/Cat6.

  MrNewName 08:28 09 Jul 2011

Thanks; that answers that question.


  Forum Editor 22:38 13 Jul 2011

"Will 200 metres of cable degrade the speed?"

In a word, yes. If you want to install a run longer than 100 metres you'll need to introduce a repeater at the halfway point.

  MrNewName 07:55 14 Jul 2011

Thanks, that's an option I'd not known about. I'll be sorting this out in a month or so.

  onthelimit1 11:37 14 Jul 2011

An alternative, if the locations are on the same mains circuit, is the use a pair of Powerline Homeplugs


  Kidson 17:15 14 Jul 2011

Or you can use the Devolo adapters - see here


  ashleycardwell94 12:23 06 Aug 2011

use wifi with a yagi antenna. i have a 1km wifi connection with standard 802.11 g/b equipment.

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