Cat 5 extended run?

Jared Smith jaredsmith at
Tue Mar 12 07:00:55 MDT 2013

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.

Jared Smith

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