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Need LAN longer than 100m

By mudmin
Mar 8, 2008
  1. I run a Christian camp in Florida and I'm trying to network our buildings together. My big problem is that I'd like to connect a network in two buildings that are about 600 feet from each other. I could even deal with the signal being at 10 mb/sec if I had to, but I just want it to be reliable. I don't want to mess with wireless. Any ideas? You guys have been so helpful in the past.
  2. mudmin

    mudmin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I've heard about these Enable-IT extenders for a while. Does anyone have any experience with the 890?
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    The proper thing to do would be to lay some fiber optics and buy two ethernet media converters. Expensive, but fast, reliable and future-proof.

    If possible, you could put any powered ethernet device between the two segments. A simple hub halfway between the buildings would do. You need to power and house the thing though.. Needs very good cables for high speed.

    Yes, there are special "long range" bridges/modems, but these are rather slow and expensive too. What if one of the boxes dies and the company that made them has gone bankrupt?

    Maybe you can get a fast internet connection in both locations? In that case, you could set up a VPN tunnel and use the ISP-s backbone.

    How about some wireless (microwave) link?
  4. NetCablesPlus

    NetCablesPlus TS Maniac Posts: 228

    Fiber optic cabling is definitely the way to go, since you state that you do not want to do wireless. Fiber is more reliable and secure than wireless, anyway.
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