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#1 YellowAmigo

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Posted 29 January 2007 - 03:14 PM

I have a piece of equipment that has a PC attached to it in our Steel shop. We are wanting to add this PC to our network to allow direct access of programming. The problem is the computer is about 1000ft from the network hub. What options do I have to make this work. I know fiber is the best option, but I don't know if the company will go for the price of fiber cables. I have heard I can add a cat 5 extender to boost the signal to complete the connection, but I really don't know what I should buy. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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#2 gavinseabrook

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Posted 29 January 2007 - 10:28 PM

I would suggest if you want Internet and file sharing that far away, get a nice little linksys wireless router (or even an Access Point) and place it near a window facing the other building. Then you can purchase a Cantenna from www.Wirelessgarden.com and point it directly at the steel shop. On that end, install a wireless card (preferably one that has a RMSMA cable so you have longer antenna reach. Place your wireless antenna (on the pc end) somewhere that would be in LOS (Line of sight) of the cantenna and you should get good signal. For improved signal, you can get 2 cantennas, and have one coming from the Access point or Router, and one recieving at the PC end. Good luck, the only other option really is buying a spool of CAT5, a crimper, some heads, and make your own cable to go that distance.

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 11:05 AM

Ethernet cabling is generally limited to 100 meters in length - beyond that you just won't get reliable connections with out adding additional hardware.
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