Shared Broadband Infrastructure for block of flats

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Can anyone provide me with different ideas of how a block of flats could be installed with a Broadband link which can then be shared.  The block will be about 20 floors high with 4 flats on each floor.

Two ideas I already have are:

1) A network of wireless routers / repeaters across the floors (Possibly an expensive solution and risk of  equipment theft)

2) Powerline / homeplug technology (I've had problems with this in the past where electricity is on different loops)

I'd like to know if someone had other alternative ideas?
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You could install wired cable. At least you wouldn't have to worry about theft.
You can run 330 ft. of cable and add a switch if you need more length. Maybe have a switch every couple of floors in a storage closet.

Maximum lengthWhen used for 10/100/1000BASE-T, the maximum allowed length of a Cat 6 cable is 100 meters (330 ft). This consists of 90 meters (300 ft) of solid "horizontal" cabling between the patch panel and the wall jack, plus 10 meters (33 ft) of stranded patch cable between each jack and the attached device. Since stranded cable has higher attenuation than solid cable, exceeding 10 metres of patch cabling will reduce the permissible length of horizontal cable.
Best option would be to run fiber-optic cable from a managed switch to each flat. This will give you option for future upgrade and controlling the bandwidth available on each port/flat. You could even have a "upgrade" service for making available additional bandwidth. Using fiber-optic cable you will greatly increase the distance up to which you get a good signal strength.

Second option would be to use the wireless-repeater idea that you already mentioned.


Thanks for all responses.  We will need to determine the best route e.g. cost of setup / installation and best way to manage the service before going forward

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