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Internet connection system and cable length-type question

Bill-W9OL Member
edited June 2019 in SmartSDR for Windows
My comcast internet system is "Comcast brand/comcast installed internet and telephone modem">Belkin Router>Belkin 16 port switch. 2 questions: 1; will connecting to the switch cause any problems or latency 2; is there any special brand of cable that I should use to connect 6.5K to the switch? 3; does Granite the preferred choice of cable for the Flex6.5 as it was for the Flex5K? I may need a tad longer cable to get from the switch to the rig. 73 pse & tu de W9OL


  • Mack
    Mack Member ✭✭✭
    edited March 2019
    1. The switch will cause zero issues. I use my 6700 thoughout my wired/wireless network through multiple switches. 2. Any cable will work. I'm using very cheap Chinese cables 3. Don't spend extra money on a cable. TCP/IP has inherent error checking. Mack W4AX
  • George KF2T
    George KF2T Member ✭✭✭
    edited February 2019
    I agree with Mack with a caveat - Use good quality UTP (unshielded twisted pair) CAT cable. Shielded cables in this application can result in undesired ground loops. You may wish to add ferrite chokes (toroids, not snap-ons) in the event of RFI (either disruption from RF, or noise pickup). Keep the cable run to a reasonable minimum for best performance. The supplied cable is nothing special, but works perfectly.
  • W5XZ - dan
    W5XZ - dan Member ✭✭
    edited June 2019
    some of us are paranoid that it might provide a path for lightning to get into the radio, via the ethernet port, with a fully 'wired' approach; some guys use a fiber optics converter; others, wireless... that said, i DID briefly play with a 75' piece of cat5e allll the way back to my dsl modem / router / wifi box in the den, and there was no apparent additional delay, FWIW 'just saying' in today's vernacular...73
  • Bill Heinzinger
    edited August 2013
    Thanks guys. I've read the articles about converting to the fiber system. I don't think I've had success getting a cat5 connecter onto the cabe the first time. LOL Or the 2nd either.

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