Working of Switches

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I am willing to provide internet through the network cable to all the residents in my colony, I have bought switches to regenerate the signals, The thing I wanna ask is that if I use switches then at what distance I will have to set another switch? furthermore, what are the alternatives for switches, can I use material other than switches?? Quick reply will be highly appreciated!
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If youre using TCP/IP then your switches shoulsd be able to cope with being up to 100m apart, however I’ve found that much more than 70m and you get lots of errors which then slows the connection down. Make sure your cabling is in good condition. If you have a long length without the need to split the line out to different users then a signal booster may be a better bet as its designed to do this job. If you run cabling outside then make sure its in conduit to protect it from the weather (both sunlight and rain), otherwise in a couple of years you’ll find you get tons of impossible to find errors either when its very hot or a couple of days after rain!
If you can, try to run a central backbone of switches with high speed links, then run single cables to each user from backbone switches, rather than running several tiers of switches from switches as it makes a better network.

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  • Tanoli
    Thanks for the reply, As it is impossible to give connection to everyone right from the server, I will have to use a switch and each switch will be able to provide service to almost 7 users, and the eighth port will let me take the cable onwards, and I will have to put another switch there on after specific distance, and connections to more users, Will this effect the speed of the internet to each user if I give switch to switch connections? and can you please tell me the name of the cable I should use to further the distance between switches. I mean the cable I am having at the moment is offering 100FT from one switch to the next one!is there any other cable which can increase the distance between switches? Thanks once again! your previous reply was also helpfull.
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  • normant
    The limit is 300 feet (100 meters). You do want to you good cable and make sure the swith support 10/100 (at least)
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  • Joelsplace
    I think that the spec between twisted pair 100 baseT switches is 15m. The 100m is from switch to computer or at least that's what the spec I looked up a few years ago said. I have been successful at 50m with CAT5e. Never needed to try any longer runs. I'm about to run some CAT6 for about 60m.
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  • Tanoli
    Well I think I must try CAT 6, I will get further information about this from the market, Thanks a lot! :)
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