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Boost 75'Cat5 Connection

by RetiredPJ / February 27, 2009 10:17 PM PST

We have TWarner 1.7 (lowest/cheapest) cable hooked to a modem and the connected router feeds 1 computer on a 3' cord and 1 computer on a 75' cord. What do you recommend, to maintain speed and quality for both?

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Length is within limits . . .
by Coryphaeus / February 28, 2009 8:53 AM PST

What specifically are you looking for? Is there a problem?

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Boost 75'Cat5 Connection
by RetiredPJ / February 28, 2009 10:17 AM PST

The internet doesn't seem to respond at the end of this cable (faster machine), as well as when using the PC close to the router. We've not tested the speed.........

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Ok, I'm still confused . . .
by Coryphaeus / March 1, 2009 7:16 AM PST

Define at the end of the cable and close to the machine. Do you get any signal, can you surf? What type of wire are you using? How can you test the speed if it "doesn't seem to respond"?

Again, Ethernet 100 Base-T is good for at least 100 meters. But then you say there's nothing close to the router.

I'm confused.

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Boost 75'Cat5 Connection
by RetiredPJ / March 1, 2009 7:37 AM PST

We feel the computer at the end of the 50' CatE cord (connected to the router) is not as fast when surfing the internet as the computer that's connected to the same Linksys router by a 3' cord.
I've always heard that there's data loss when running a home network and using a long connecting cord. Thinking of this so-called fact, is there a way to insure the networked internet connection does not lose speed?
A fella at Radio Shack said we had to get a switch if using a cord 50' or more. I know very little about switches but thought their purpose was to allow more than one piece of hardware to be attached - about midway or at the end of the cable.
1 - can anyone verify that there is transmission speed loss when using a 50' or more CatE cable?
2 - If #1 is positive, is there hardware that can be purchased to reduce the amount of transmission speed loss?

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OK, let's prove it . . .
by Coryphaeus / March 1, 2009 9:16 PM PST

Go here and run the test, picking a server close to you http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/ Run it from close to the router and at the end of the cord. If there is a significant difference, then a switch may help. A switch is designed to work behind a router if more devices are needed than ports available on a router. A switch will also send the signal at the proper level. If you use one put it at mid-point.

As a side note, digital either works or it doesn't. Any speed changes will either be good or non-existent.

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