Cat 5 extended run?

Richard Esplin richard-lists at
Tue Mar 12 15:58:26 MDT 2013

I am very happy with my Asus RT-N16 running EasyTomato. It is just my home firewall / access point, but it was built for the mesh-network use case.


On Tuesday March 12 2013 15:46:09 "S. Dale Morrey" <sdalemorrey at> wrote:
> To answer the questions about conduit.  Yes it's sort of in conduit.
> They ran 1/2 inch pvc.  Running fiber by using the existing cat 5 to
> pull is an option I hadn't considered.  However pricing fiber out here
> (Ecuador AND rural even by Ecuadorian standards), it may be cheaper to
> just bust up the curbs and/or stick in DSLAMs.
> Another alternative since the ground is flat and the houses are spaced
> at a fairly even distance may be just to build a wireless mesh network
> and call it good.
> I was kind of hoping to reuse the existing infrastructure if possible though.
> If you were to build a wireless mesh network in a 32 home subdivision
> what access points would you use as repeaters?  I'm looking at the
> venerable Linksys WRT54GL and thinking throwing a custom firmware
> would be a good option, but that thing is getting a bit long in the
> tooth.

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