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So I was at a client today and had to wire his house with cat5e. A few short runs no more that 10m were fine. Then the longest one from his garage to his office a 30m cable I get a limited or no connectivity and an auto generated ip with no gateway. So I thought the cable was bad so I tested a new one. Same problem. Then I turned to the router, it is a dlink one and is about 5 years old. What I want to ask is do you think I need a new router because I usually use fibre optic and have not used cable in a while. Also what router would you recommend or possibly a switch.
Thanks
post #2 of 8
if it was me i would just buy a realy cheap switch and put it ~15m into the cable (if there was a power outlet avalible)

Edit:
wait a min is cat5e rated for 100ft or 100m?

looks like 100m so...
what kind of computer is on the end of the cable?
spesificly the lan card 100mb or gigabit
Edited by justinjja - 5/30/11 at 1:22pm
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This cable is going under ground in a 3 inch duct so another switch is out of the question.
Thanks for replying so fast though.
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100/10 onboard, its a laptop
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Did you test the ports of the router before you ran the line?
    
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Try connecting a computeer to the other end instead of the router and see if you can transfer files, this should tell you if its the cable or the router.
   
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not sure if this is possible for you but if you:
hook up another pc to the 30m cable does it work?
hook up the laptop to the 10m cable does it work?

if the 30m cable still doesnt work then you will want another router (any modern router should work since the spesification is 100m)
if the 30m cable does work then put a switch in the garage with a short cable connecting it to the laptop
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I tested the cable with my fluke meter and its good.
Looks like it will be another router, or a switch.
A would prefer a switch because he has a small 6u rack in the garage so a switch would fit nicely. Any recommendations?
Edited by Slim Shady - 5/30/11 at 1:30pm
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