Cat 5 extended run?

Steve Alligood steve at
Tue Mar 12 11:59:02 MDT 2013

the problem is that every one of these solutions will not be cheap.

If the cat5 is in conduit, I would pull fiber.  If not, I would scrap the cat5 and look into wireless, either point to point, or a small mesh around the neighborhood.  Companies like aruba networks, etc, are not too pricey. ;)


On Mar 12, 2013, at 10:58 AM, Levi Pearson wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 12:50 AM, S. Dale Morrey <sdalemorrey at> wrote:
>> Hey everyone.
>> 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?
> I happen to be aware of a non-standard Ethernet PHY made by Broadcom
> that can handle these kinds of distances (up to 500m) and is
> compatible with standard Ethernet as well.  It's called BroadR-Reach:
> .
> They originally announced it in 2007 for long-distance wiring runs
> over cheap wiring for hotels, apartments, etc.  But it's recently been
> re-targeted for automotive ethernet use, since it gets you 100Mbit/s
> over a single twisted pair.
> Unfortunately, I don't know how you'd find actual products that use it
> that would fit your needs, though I imagine some must exist.  Good
> luck!
>     --Levi

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