i am wondering if i am right with my assumption that a node placed between 2 data cables cat5e will boost the signal distance of the cable (obviously depending on what equipment is used as the node)? cat5e has a range of upto 100 metres? and i need it to go around 175, i have 2 cables that need to connect together and i want to know the best and cheapest way to do it? i know if i use a switch that will work but could i use a hub? or even a 4 port router? if not does anyone have any better ideas?