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I have a PC 40' away and with bends and turns , I need about 50-75' to reach. Is that acceptible? or will I lose signal? I've had three USB antennas and it's getting expensive.
    
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I think you can go like 1000' or better, i wouldnt worry about what you are doing at all
    
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post #3 of 13
the cat 5 specification allows for 100 meters (328 feet). so you will be fine
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If you're not renting, I would say to run some CAT-5 in your crawlspace and pop small holes between the baseboard of the wall and the floor. But yeah, homeboy above was definitely right...CAT-5/6 has a signal that'll last for about 300 feet before you need inline amplifiers.
    
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post #5 of 13
Cat5e has a maximum length of roughly 100 m if my meter is correct, or just under 300 feet. 75 feet isn't a problem, given that there are no important source of interference. If there is, you might want to get sheilded cables, Cat6C (?) or Cat6 STP to be sure.
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I have a 150 cat 6 line running the length of my house. It seems to work fine without too much latency. If its going to be long its probably worth the money to get cat 6
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post #7 of 13
It's is a little over 300ft before signal start to degrade,so you will be fine.
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post #8 of 13
1000 feet is nothing. Cat6 cable doesn't loose signal until something like 3000 feet. Personally, my cables are 25 feet a piece except one that's 50 feet. I usually try to buy the longest I can and then split it into the amount of length that I need.
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post #10 of 13
to correct this a bit. Yes it's true that Cat5 has a maximum length of 100m (thanks CCNA) but nothing prevents you from slamming a repeater on that cable and having it go another 100m. I forget the specifications on Cat6
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