- Who fancies a stupid home network type question?
Picture this. We have our sky router in the living room of the house – this is plugged into an Apple Airport Extreme which takes care of the wifi.
I need to get a stronger internet connection into the gym which is at the bottom of the garden – about 25 metres away from the Sky router/Airport Extreme.
I have an Airport Express half way between which is set to extend network as well as airplay, but it’s still really hit and miss in the gym.
Different power circuit so Powerline adaptors out.
I want to start using Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV in the gym to stream video content from Beachbody on demand…
So. Am I best somehow strengthening the wifi (we don’t get great speeds here anyway, and the Airport Express doesn’t seem to do the job.)…or do I run a cable out the side of the house, down the fence and into the gym? We have spare outputs on the router, and I’m sure I could make a neatish job of it…it’s a bit of a hassle though.
(Just checked speed, it says 38ms Ping, DL 7.8Mbps, UL 0.34Mbps)
If I use cable, at that distance does it make a difference which cable I use? Is the connection bit any different on Cat 6 to Cat 5?
Thanks for any helpPosted 3 years ago
Yeah a cable with a more robust sheeth could be an option or run it through some plastic trunking in danger areas ..
That said though cat5 is cheape to replace..I probably wouldn’t bother.
Also you don’t need expensive branded cable..Just a generic one..cat5 is a standard so if it meets the standard it’s just as good as the belkin ones that cost 5x more.Posted 3 years agoMrOvershootSubscriber
Cat 5 is the best option IMO, had power-line adapters in my workshop that was on a separate circuit to the usual ring main and it was flaky most of the time.Posted 3 years ago
20 meters of Cat 5e and its solid as a rock.
Went overhead as I had concreted in the 6mm SWA last year so didn’t want to dig that up.CHBSubscriber
I have some external CAT6 cable on a reel that I used for the run to my garage. But then you need terminal tools to fit the ends. If buying premade cables then you need to make some big holes in the wall if you need to feed the connectors through. Much easier to thread through the naked ends and then terminate them in situ.Posted 3 years ago
If you want cable and a few ends then I am happy to send/sell at cost+postage. You would need to buy your own £10 crimp tool.
Make sure any cables you buy are full copper and not something called CCA (copper clad alu).
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