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Standard User joconnell
(experienced) Mon 12-Aug-13 14:42:34
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Extending cat5e cable length


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Upcoming building work at home will mean that the patch panel for my home gigabit network will have to move about 2 metres and I'm pretty sure that 8 of the fourteen existing cables won't reach the patch panel once it's moved.

I could just replace the too-short cables but that's a huge lot of hassle and extra expense, so I was wondering if I'd be able to get away with just using cat5e junction boxes to extend them by the necessary length?

If I did that would performance be measurably affected? What other disadvantages might there be?

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Standard User billford
(elder) Mon 12-Aug-13 14:57:10
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Or use the inline couplers on the same page- cheaper and a lot easier tongue

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Standard User ggremlin
(committed) Mon 12-Aug-13 16:18:27
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they should work fine (on solid core cable).


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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Tue 13-Aug-13 08:34:14
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How do you connect bare wire to that?


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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Tue 13-Aug-13 08:37:51
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Should be fine provided you keep the untwisted sections as short as possible.

You can also get junction boxes that house 2 or 4 sets of connectors.


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Standard User BatBoy
(legend) Tue 13-Aug-13 08:38:00
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Crimp a plug on it first.


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Standard User joconnell
(experienced) Tue 13-Aug-13 14:57:49
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They don't seem like a very good solution

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Standard User joconnell
(experienced) Tue 13-Aug-13 14:59:31
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In reply to a post by MHC:
You can also get junction boxes that house 2 or 4 sets of connectors.

I haven't seen anything like that in my google adventures

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Standard User billford
(elder) Tue 13-Aug-13 15:01:45
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In reply to a post by joconnell:
They don't seem like a very good solution
They're probably not the best solution for you- I didn't realise you had bare-ended cables when I posted the link.

But if you've got a a run between two items that's a few feet longer than your longest Ethernet cable, they're very useful smile

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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Tue 13-Aug-13 15:10:41
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I have been trying to find a couple recently too - but without luck. I do have some installed here, but not easy reach and they were not branded - cannot remember who supplied them either.


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