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Im doing a volunteer project for a camp in Northern Minnesota and I think that their best opportunity to extend their network is over their existing analog lines.  Im either looking for one device that can connect to transceivers or switches at 4 or 5 outlaying buildings or a single transceiver to transceiver connection (Im thinking in fiber terms. . . )  Each outlaying building would have a wireless access point and network traffic would be primarily e-mail and WWW.  Distance may be an issue.  I believe that one of the main buildings is a couple thousand feet away.  I'm an expert in LAN/WAN and I've done this before with fiber and laser systems, but I've never delved into the analog side of things.  Any suggestions on a low cost solution?
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So we all clear by analog you mean Ethernet copper cables or CAT-5 ?
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If yes you will have a problem creating a star topology with copper cables as they go tops i think 300yards so you will need repeaters or switches. Wireless signal is not far enough for more then 300ft. So the only solution for a long distances using copper cables you will need repeaters or just regular switches as they are repeaters.
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I haven't verified yet, but I would guess that it is buried cat3 (voice-grade copper).  I realize that you can't go over 100 meters with cat5.  I'm looking more for a solution along the lines of EFMC (2BASE-TL or 10PASS-TS) or a viable alternative.  If you ar not familiar with the concept, picture fiber instead of voice cabling. I understand the concept, but can't seem to find any products or advice.  
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I guess it would be very hard to find something for old technologies. Good luck in searching, hope you can find something.
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Ok. . . for anyone else who is looking for a solution, these are the options that I have discovered:

1.  A company named Tut Systems had a solution called "Longrun" that would allow a 1Mbps connection over voice-grade cabling for up to 2000 feet.  This equipment can still be found on eBay, etc.

2.  Cisco's LRE solution, also no longer manufactured, was a last-mile solution that can also be found in various locations.

4.  The best (and current) solution that I have found is Zhone 4-port T1 extender: http://www.zhone.com/products/TNE1544/ . It supports up to 6Mbps with four bonded pairs and no distance limit.  

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