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Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by KieranD, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. KieranD

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    I had my pc hooked up to the router in the hall using a 5m Ethernet cable and it was the only device connected via Ethernet everything else was wireless. I've moved my pc across the room and the cable i use is long enough to reach where i moved my pc too, but no longer can i route it along the wall neatly. Anyway since i have to buy a new cable i'd like to have more hardware hooked up with Ethernet, but i don't know whether to...

    1. Keep the router in the hall, get a longer Ethernet cable and run that to a hub in the other room.

    2. Get a long telephone cable, run that to the room and use the router in the room.

    There's 4 Ethernet ports on the router which would be enough for the devices i use.
     
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    That seems like a personal preference to me LOL...
    I'd go for the longer cable myself...a nice Cat5e or Cat6.
     
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    Nah what i want to know is...

    Small telephone cable -> router -> ethernet cable -> hub
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    Big telephone cable -> router


    Over 5-10m i'm guessing it's stupid to buy a hub for my needs.
     
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    Big telephone cable ->router
     
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    I would get a longer Cat-5e or Cat-6 cable and leave the router alone. That way if moving it were to impact people's wireless signal than you would be the one to blame. A new Ethernet cable to your room with a switch is probably your best option.
     
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    It doesn't matter
     
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    It does matter, you won't get any signal degradation on the LAN side.Making the phone cable longer might degrade the signal and thus internet performance. Keep phone cabling as short as possible.
     
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    This. Ethernet cable signal quality has to go quite the distance before you start having problems but the phone line (for DSL?) might have issues if you start making it longer but I'm willing to bet if it is done right the difference will be negligible. Either way a longer Ethernet cable should fit the bill nicely and is a sure fire way to not mess it up. :)
     
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    yea i would second that Ethernet is much less prone to signal and speed degradation than adsl phone cable.

    as long as you get proper cat5e or cat6 cable.
     

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