Can I use a 250+ pair CAT3 cable to transfer ethernet data? Or other speculative uses?
Posted on 2006-04-20
I recently inherited a ~100 foot, large bundle of what appears to be CAT3 grade wiring. It's all contained in one plastic housing, effectively making one large cable. I believe it has 250+ individual wires, but I'm not sure if it's 2-pair or 4-pair.
So here's the question:
Can I use this cable to transmit network data at reasonable (100Mb+) speeds, either between only two machines (point-to-point) or between multiple machines? Perhaps trunking of some sort? If so, how? Or what other technologies (POTS/VOIP-related?) could this cable be applied to, and how? Is CAT3 even used much anymore? What is it good for? I'd prefer ideas that doesn't use pricey equipment. If there are multiple plausible and thoughtful ideas, I'll split up the points.