What is the optimal length of Cat 6 Ethernet cable before the signal starts to degrade?
Posted on 2007-12-06
I need to build a wired network to a distance of 1000 metres (3000 feet). This is as an alternative to a TrangoBroadband wireless solution which is quite expensive. My intention is to "daisy-chain" 10 lengths of 100-metre Cat 6 Ethernet cable, joined together by switches.
My question is, "What is the optimal length of each of my segments?" Assumption: At the end of the exercise I want the best signal (in the building which is 1000 metres away from the source) at the lowest price. Should I truly plan to install 10 segments (joined by 10 switches) or would I get a better result, for example, if I installed 20 segments, each 50 metres long, joined by 20 switches? Thanks.