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Whats up guys,

Well all this time Ive been running wireless up in my room and I feel its about time to get a better connection up there.

The connection we have right now is FIOS 25MB service and on wireless I only get about 8MB... So you can see why I want to be hardwired!

The router is 1 floor down from me and I would be running at least 25 yards of cable because I would have to drill into the basement first then cross over to the other side of the room and then snake up the wall to my room...


Cat5, Cat5e, or Cat6. I'm not sure yet...

Is there going to be any difference (speed, upload, download) in these cables in my case? Especially cause the cables going to be so long? If so what would be my best choice?


Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 12
No difference.
Get at minimum Cat5E if you want to do gigabit.

Max range for Ethernet is generally ~100 meters.
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post #3 of 12
Correct, That length of cable should be fine and use cat5e for gigabit.
cat5 is limited to 100meg.
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post #4 of 12
as stated cat 5e willd o you jsut fine... when wireing try not to get to close to any other wires.... the interference will suck if you get close to a strong wire
post #5 of 12
i used to have a 50m long Ethernet when i lived at my old house, god it was messy
post #6 of 12
iv done networking in businesses, ~300ft per run is fine
beyond that you will need a hub/booster

just use cat5e, you can pick up cat5e 100ft with ends for $20-30

cat5 = 100m/s
cat5e = 1g/s
cat6 = 10g/s

if you want it to look good, smaller holes hidden wires in the walls/ceiling/floor
get a cheap crimper and a box of ends, and outlet boxes and rj45 plates
Edited by ffejrxx - 1/28/11 at 6:47am
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iv done networking in businesses, ~300ft per run is fine
beyond that you will need a hub/booster
I feel sorry for any business that let you install a hub to terminate or extend a ethernet run.. At any distance..
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I feel sorry for any business that let you install a hub to terminate or extend a ethernet run.. At any distance..
I tend to agree, for distances longer than 100m you should be running fiber.

The OP should be fine with cat5e if he is worried about any EMI grab some shielded, tho I have always found that to be a pain in the ass to work with. The best would be to run fiber since EMI would not be an issue then, but that is not practical in home environments.
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I feel sorry for any business that let you install a hub to terminate or extend a ethernet run.. At any distance..
come run cable in GA where everyone is poor and you will understand
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come run cable in GA where everyone is poor and you will understand
300 ft of copper is a long way, if my business wanted to run repeaters over fiber for long distance runs there would be hell to pay and major explanations as to the justification for doing such. There are many reasons why running over 100m is not advisable. Switching to fiber is almost always preferred.
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