Cat 5 extended run?

Corey Edwards tensai at
Tue Mar 12 16:00:05 MDT 2013

On 03/12/2013 07:00 AM, Jared Smith wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 2:50 AM, S. Dale Morrey <sdalemorrey at> wrote:
>> I've been asked to salvage a project where someone laid cat 5 to all
>> the houses in a neighborhood but didn't seem to have a concept of
>> signal loss in long runs of cat 5.
>> Assuming this is a max of 250m from the head end, is there an
>> amplifier or relay or something that can be placed at the end points
>> to mitigate the packet loss issues?
> You could always put in a small DSLAM at the head end, and cheap DSL
> modems on the far end, and treat the CAT-5 as CAT-3... While not
> ideal, I've seen it work well in lots of cases.

That would certainly work. ADSL2+ can do speeds up to 25mbps, but the
uplink is still low. VDSL can do up to 100mbps by 50mbps. Something like

But that gear isn't cheap, so I'd investigate pulling fiber before
committing to DSL.


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