boosting cat5e range?


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?

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Aaron StreetInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
yes any thing that retransmits the signel will work fine
switch, hub, or jsut a relay

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Hello mrBrightside,

Yes you are right.
A switch, hub, and probably allso a router would work in this situation.

Best Regards,
Yes, you can extend it indefinitely, using any such device at regular intervals: router, relay, switch, hub.

Using a cheap hub/router is probably the cheapest way to do it.
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Aaron StreetInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
switches and hubs work by reading the packets and transmitting them anew. so each cable can be another 100metere (i would go for 90 max though).

in theroy you could have hundrads of hubs in a row that go on for hundrands of miles. as long as each cable is no more than 100meters..

I have seen cables used that where 150meter long and worked fine... however i would strongly suggest you dont do this...

but 100meters is the limit that is defined for a cat5e cable it dosent mean that sundely this is wheh it will stop working.. its jsut beoned this error will start affecting proformance sue to low signel strenth and nioise on the line
there is another option which is too run fibre a fibre optic cable the whol;e distance. this would mean the need for a fibre port/card in the main switch and either a switch at the other end with a fibre card or a fibre optic network card if only one pc at the other end.
mrBrightsideAuthor Commented:
thanks everybody, i will probably just use a router, they dont take up much cabinet space and i have loads knocking around......thanks to everyone for your comments.

also bradleys40, we have fibre and you are right we use sfps within some switches, but we need redundancy you see and there are only 2 fibre ports on each switch, we need 4, so we decided to use good old reliable ethernet.....Thanks again
Aaron StreetInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
the other thing is of course that installing fiber would be quite expensive. unless there are a few devices at each end it would be hardly worth it ;)
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