Long Ethernet cable?

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  1. manchild

    manchild OT Supporter

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    Where can i get a very long ethernet cable, and what is the longest they come in?
    Prices, etc.

    Need over 70 feet. Our router is really far away, and i dont want to play games on wireless.
    Thanks
    Peter
     
  2. manchild

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    Wireless works fine. I use it. :cool:
     
  5. manchild

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    but i dont have a wireless card for my computer, and dont feel like buying one.
    Plus, wireless isnt good for games or downloads (torrents etc)
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    If you want to be lazy, you can buy them at best buy up to 50'. You can also buy a connector that joins more than two together.
     
  7. manchild

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    does that conector kill speed or anything? I've already got one that is like 50 feet, and if i could get another 50 footer it would save me a bit.

    But, is there any reason to get a Cat 5 cable over a Cat6? Because, those 100foot cables are cheap (like 7 and 13, and shipping is like 5 on both sites) so i might as well just buy one of those, right?
     
  8. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    As long as the connector is Cat5 or better certified, it will work fine. 100' really isn't all that far for Ethernet or Fast Ethernet. There's no reason to go Cat6 for Fast Ethernet.
     
  9. Peyomp

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    Most places sell Cat 5E now, which will do Gigabit just fine. Cat 5 will work for you. Although... even an 11meg wireless connection is not going to be a bottleneck for gaming, unless you have an OC3 into your living room ;)
     
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    jmechy Calmer then you are.

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    learning to crimp your own cables really only takes about 5 minutes, but its easier if someone can show you how to do it. It will save you quite a bit of money in the long run if you do this often though.
     
  12. manchild

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    anywhere to learn how? i mean, u can use that for making all kinda cables in general, right? Audio, video, etc etc? I know there is somepoint where it stops, but yeah.
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    The crimping is different for different kinds of cable. If you learn to crimp ethernet cable, you shouldn't have a problem crimping phone cable.

    It's pretty easy to do, but you'll need to buy a crimper, some ends and some bulk cable. Search google for "crimping cat5" and you'll find a couple tutorials.
     
  14. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    Putting 8 pin plugs on Cat5 cables is tricky, especially with stranded wire. you have to untwist it, get them parallel in the right order, then get them to STAY parallel and not go every which way and overlap long enough to slip the plug on, getting each wire down the right channel. Solid conductor is easier since the wires hold their position better, making it easier to get the plug on. Then you have to test it to make sure its right. And NO, a simple continuity tester isn't going to cut it. If you just need one cable, don't waste your time or money making your own.
     
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    it's not all that hard... just use enough to arrainge the wires in the proper order according to the kind of cable you're making, then hold the cable between your thumb and forefinger, facing up. this way you can press the wires and hold them in the proper order while you snip down to a half inch. press it as you slide the connector on. I've never had a problem doing it that way :dunno:
     
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    I agree... if he's making one cable, no reason to make his own. He can just buy female RJ-45 ends for the long cable and snap the wires into those by hand. The investment in those is like what, 10 cents each? Then use a short patch cable to connect to the PCs/router at either end.
     
  17. manchild

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    yeah, i'll prolly just buy a long already made cable, and if i need to go any longer i can get female ends.

    Thanks guys
     
  18. Peyomp

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    You're a bad man.
     
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    DaIceMan Jack Bauer > *.*

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    making cables is fairly easy. buddy of mine was in a car crash/fire and only has 2 fingers on his left hand and he makes cables all the time for work. :)
     
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    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    You can probably get a small spool of cat5e cable, some rj-45 connectors, and a set of crimpers cheaper than a 50 or 100 foot premade cable.
     
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    making your own cable is more satisfying also :dunno:
     
  23. mdaniel

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    Newegg sells finished 100' Cat5e cables for under $10. He'd pay that much for a bag of plugs. A good crimper is at least $30-40. Then you need the tool to cut back the jacket and a clipper sharp enough to cut the end of the wires clean so they'll slide down the channels inside the plug easily. I make my own when I need custom lenghts but the premade cables can be had so cheap its not worth my time to sit there and make a bunch of standard length cables.
     
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    I would make cables fo my friends and sell them for 5 bucks. It was easy and I made a decent amount of moey selling cables to all the geeks at my school.
     
  25. hulk hogan

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    newegg has them for like $5
     

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