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Maximum physical distance between PC and Switch

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February 19, 2010 1:56:37 PM

The distance between My PC and etherent switch is 120 meter and i want to connect it, will it work as according to cat6 cable standard maximum distance is 100 meter .
February 19, 2010 3:10:15 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

Yea, you can connect it. But maybe you will have some attenuation and delay problems.
February 19, 2010 4:03:10 PM

Thanks for reply, i want to know this because i have no expreince of cabling and i need a solution for it.
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February 19, 2010 4:06:54 PM

Install a bridge, this can extend the coverture of the network.
February 19, 2010 4:07:19 PM

saint19 said:
Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

Yea, you can connect it. But maybe you will have some attenuation and delay problems.


Thanks for reply.
Do u have practicle experience of cabling, as i have read everywhere that cat6 cable has 100meter limit, i am in real trouble, my system is 110-120 meter away from switch and i can not install a switch and hub in between this segment. IF you think it is possible i will purchase cable for it. thnaks
February 19, 2010 4:24:33 PM

The limitation of 100 meter is more applicable to the CAT 5 or 5e, with the CAT6 CAT6e or CAT7 you can connect the PC an the switch without problems.
February 19, 2010 4:53:15 PM

You should be fine with that length. The 100 meter length was set for a "guaranteed" signal strength and data integrity. It doesn't mean at 100 meters the signal quits.
The only way to be sure is to run it and see what happens.
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