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I am running Cat5e cable back to a switch for a network.  Some of our home runs are over 300 ft. long.  Can I put a switch in the middle of these long runs to make it work?  Will that power the lines so that I don't have a loss in data speed?
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I beleive that anything powered (switch/hub) should work.  You could also use a powered signal repeater.
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You don't need to do that. Cat5e works well up to 100 meters - for 1000Mbps or 100Mbps full duplex. After that, I find you can run it up to 300 meters at 10Mbps full duplex. If you need to go farther than 100 meters, then a switch or repeater would be in order, but I think you'll find that if you have decent cable, you won't have a problem at 300 feet.

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Don't tell Belden, but I've had 150-200 meter runs that had no noticeable signal attenuation.
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The answer is - yes.  The best practice would be to put a switch in the middle.  Or go to fiber.
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Yes, that will work, but if you have the option of running at Gigabit speed on the switches and running a Cat 6 cable between the switches that would definitely keep you from having any speed loss.  You can then run cat 5e from the "waypoint" switch without any issues.
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If you have the money for new toys, certainly buy switches.. but in your case I don't believe it's necessary. Perhaps the best solution would be to determine if there's a problem (data or speed loss), or look for dropped packets and retransmits. If you do identify a problem, address it with a switch or solution that one of the other experts has suggested.
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Thanks everyone for the quick feedback. I've split points accordingly.  
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