Cabling question - ethernet
Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:36 PM
Scope/camera/etc. on a pier/obs in a field to the side of my house. Data routed into a USB hub that in turn will feed into an Icron CAT5 Extender.
Cable #1 running from the Icron to an Ethernet jack on the outside of my house.
Cable #2 is a standard CAT5e cable running from the outside jack to an ethernet jack inside the house where my computer will be.
Cable #3 from the inside jack into the other Icron extender, then USB into the computer.
My question is this - Do cables #1 and/or #3 need to be patch cables or regular CAT5e cables? Thanks.
Posted 23 November 2012 - 03:36 PM
Posted 23 November 2012 - 06:53 PM
As for the rest of your questions---I really don't know.
Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:20 AM
is use a Monoprice 5e patch cord from inside computer
to wall jack, then 150 foot cat5 underground waterproof
ethernet to observatory (inside conduit with electrical
line), connect this to a Belkin network switch, and
connect this to the observatory computer).
The network switch was recommended by a friend who installs
networks for a living, to avoid problems with electrical
surges, which could fry my network card.
Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:37 AM
I'm not sure exactly what you're trying to do ... since the Icon CAT5 Extender uses CAT5 cable to extend USB port connections over long distances (~100 meters).
Posted 24 November 2012 - 10:46 AM
Posted 24 November 2012 - 11:45 AM
My question is really just this - do 3 CAT5e cables connected through 2 jacks behave as a single CAT5e cable? I thought the answer was yes, but my IT guy at work confused me when he opined that he thought I would need a patch cable on the outside. I'm not sure that's right, and I suppose I might be able to test it myself, I'm just trying to avoid buying cables I don't need.
My objective here is simply to run the scope from inside the house - the Icron is needed as the distance is well over the 80' you can get over USB alone. As to fiber or CAT 6, nothing I have even remotely approaches the bandwidth of CAT5e, and upgrading in the future would be simple as we're just talking a run through the crawl space.
Posted 24 November 2012 - 12:37 PM
If it were me I'd run fiber , you can buy that with the ends already installed and a couple of convertors and you will be all set for Gigabit speeds if needed. One of the problems with just running cat 5/6 cable underground is lightning strikes, they don,t have to be direct. We ran 75 ft cat 5 in conduit underground and lost everything that was connected on both ends, PC,s switches , router, etc. We replaced it with fiber and are very happy with the results and the cost wasn't,t that much
I second the fiber route........lightning has a great way of working itself into long cat5/6 runs.....
Posted 24 November 2012 - 10:20 PM
Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:36 AM