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December 25, 2013 2:34:30 PM

i have cable internet in our main house and want to have wired (and wireless) internet in our guest house. I ran about 250 of blue cat 6 riser cable in conduit to the guest house and connected up a new linksys router. but I'm not getting any activity lights. Is the run just too long for the power output of the first router? If so, is there some power or signal booster I can buy to fix this?
December 25, 2013 2:42:13 PM

have you tested the crimp connections?

have you tried to connect a computer to the cable instate of the router?
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December 25, 2013 2:42:44 PM

Cat5e or Cat6 is good out to 100 meters. So distancewise you're close, but OK.
Have you tried it with just a PC, instead of a second router?
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December 25, 2013 2:53:02 PM

on very long runs I have used had to use a switch at both to make it work more or less as a power boost.
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December 25, 2013 2:55:32 PM

I have not tried a computer (doh!). Good idea.
i made the ends very carefully using the B standard, but don't have a tester for them so its possible that i messed them up. any free way to test the ends?

my isp said that the 330 feet is a max distance only in theory and that to get 250 feet to work you would have to have perfect cable with no kinks or twists (stress on the lines I suppose). he said there is some kind of booster i can get but didn't elaborate. would splicing in a powered switch in the middle of the run help?
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December 25, 2013 2:57:44 PM

luke42179 said:
I have not tried a computer (doh!). Good idea.
i made the ends very carefully using the B standard, but don't have a tester for them so its possible that i messed them up. any free way to test the ends?

my isp said that the 330 feet is a max distance only in theory and that to get 250 feet to work you would have to have perfect cable with no kinks or twists (stress on the lines I suppose). he said there is some kind of booster i can get but didn't elaborate. would splicing in a powered switch in the middle of the run help?


A switch along the way might help. But try just a PC/laptop at the far end first.
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December 25, 2013 3:02:53 PM

you dont need a booster, trust me.Make sure that you apply presure when you insert the cable in the RJ45 jack (every individuaL cable needs to be at the end of the jack) and apply presure again when you use the Grapples
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December 25, 2013 5:34:48 PM

Solid core or stranded? coper core from a trusted suppler or fake copper clad off ebay?

If it's your first time crimping it could take 5 times to get it right.
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December 25, 2013 5:38:13 PM

allennnn said:

If it's your first time crimping it could take 5 times to get it right.


^^^ This, in spades.
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December 26, 2013 7:48:22 AM

Is there anything else running in the conduit from the main house to the guest house, such as power lines?? OR is the cat6 the only thing in the conduit.
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January 9, 2014 2:10:31 PM

Thank you all for your help. alennnn guessed it correctly. It was my first time making cat6 ends. I redid them and now it works perfectly. 12 MS ping time, no packet loss!
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January 9, 2014 2:13:22 PM

almost forgot, hat tip to Emerald too - he was actually the first to suggest checking the crimp connections.
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