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Ethernet cable

What Ethernet cable should I use does it mater should it be shielded cable cat5 6 ?? does it matter

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  • Stan VA7NF
    Stan VA7NF President Surrey Amateur Radio Communications Member ✭✭

    I have used from cat 5E through cat 8 with the radio. I haven't tried any flat cat 8 cables.

    Caution with any shielded cable is creating a RF ground loop. My choice is to purchase double length shielded SSTP that come with a pair of shielded connectors THEN CUT to the length needed using NON shielded connectors. The shield is on the switch side and non shield on the outboard device (radio). Ensure your switch is CAT 6 specified as CAT 5 and lower specs do not require a balanced transformer which reduces common mode EMI radiation.

  • WK2Y
    WK2Y Member ✭✭

    Think about going optical. It's really small and easy to install, no potential for picking up stray currents, no connectors, and the run distances are crazy. Happy to provide more detail on my installation if you want to consider.

    73,

    Bob, WK2Y

  • w2mgfdx
    w2mgfdx Member
    Do I have to change anything cable company if so cant do that
  • WK2Y
    WK2Y Member ✭✭

    Optical works with all of your existing equipment. You just add an inexpensive media converter at both ends.

  • w2mgfdx
    w2mgfdx Member
    Can you please send me a link what to order will look into that thank you
  • w2mgfdx
    w2mgfdx Member
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1Pair-10-100Mbps-Ethernet-to-Fiber-Optic-Media-Converter-Adapter-25KM-SC/283698866828?_trkparms=ispr%3D1&hash=item420dc52a8c:g:SZ4AAOSwd0BV6Xec&amdata=enc%3AAQAFAAACgBaobrjLl8XobRIiIML1V4Imu%252Fn%252BzU5L90Z278x5ickk7PdDazAlGltMLJlUhrWsD0h08J7VEnGcH7bSDJEq5UJao71FTfx72%252FCY6OO%252B8pf%252BH7PNJ7PInjsxpPBNMcXz86E91dxo2n05c2W0%252FlaTjdI7XIFnkzOCWF2HrXbq378mndPpPOIIHxT7PUNWB%252B1Dc8HwAzeqKpB36AxPAGevh3CNhIIaZtlejSSi3tlVaArB86Q7qeZMoZSc2r%252BGRGOLLCLnK4DCN1E76seCwiOG3RuzKCu%252F5w5xVL93w34GlTO6VxoSuOkQtdm3K9SHGycKOa6G5xVBbsebom55gsXKRr9XNa2lfXc6yY1JwkXrwqgMXmhz557SnvEzmyit5J%252FFqwGTuu1k2s7V0gNrSbfBkGvgUicYBu%252FQ1fh5SbbOL26Ep9aiRg7vUIUIepM0vO2tWP00a5YkTv5f2rq1unHPVclqcL6BXFp1eh%252Fyr1TpvUSP6wMHXIs%252FaOmskHo%252F1xp%252Fyk%252F4rP82GGK1Q4CpWcdPHPc9aAEz2%252BtxwuSILW2arZJecsquVGWZURlqtlPE9%252Fen7K0gYYdfmhX0ThYJj22sH%252BFoYobY0I9XJ35XB3cQhLZyXB2F7Ww1TpLuzh5If8YLozW91DKQthE%252BbNmwszmGHK%252BIdL23PLPVioWc4VbkHkJzphnYJ1sGwqsJS6LNCk8LRvIRVg4GcRrr%252FBBu9MHJC7Eyrgz0eDs5e5acel0HbV%252BA29LHbP%252FrVcGrzUyHtKgrBzvrpr8dLI%252FIH%252B9EQSThs%252BHFs0boheqOQPwaIIKY9GlWGt2F0XK6YJe5NZCX85WsI16EOUDr9MKxkp0dJkzmaO0%253D%7Ccksum%3A2836988668287d4bc32cff3e4c6ea0704142336771a7%7Campid%3APL_CLK%7Cclp%3A2334524
  • w2mgfdx
    w2mgfdx Member
    Will this work
  • WK2Y
    WK2Y Member ✭✭
    edited March 27

    The eBay link looks like the right thing. Even cheaper then when I bought them though I'm not sure if there are differences in quality, speed, etc. You do need the "adapters" that are illustrated in my link.

  • WX7Y
    WX7Y Member ✭✭✭

    You will defiantly want to get Gigabit speed Fiber to Copper Media converters

  • Neil D Friedman N3DF
    Neil D Friedman N3DF Dayton, OHMember ✭✭✭

    Most will find the Cat 5e cable supplied by Flex with the radio purchase to be adequate.

  • w2mgfdx
    w2mgfdx Member
    How long is that cable i need about 30 feet lol
  • Neil D Friedman N3DF
    Neil D Friedman N3DF Dayton, OHMember ✭✭✭

    The supplied cable is short. Try 30 feet of inexpensive Cat 5e before moving to more exotic and expensive solutions.

  • WX7Y
    WX7Y Member ✭✭✭

    if your asking about a Fiber jumper then the limitations is the fiber quality and the media converters, you can buy them for 1KM pretty cheep these days.

    I found on amazon some heavy duty Fiber jumpers that where 125' long for my installation just make sure you get the correct (Single Mode) or (Multimode) for your media converters and of course the correct connectors.

    LC are very common connectors

  • W2ECK
    W2ECK Member ✭✭

    Stan - way back in the beginning of this thread you said

    "I have used from cat 5E through cat 8 with the radio. I haven't tried any flat cat 8 cables.

    Caution with any shielded cable is creating a RF ground loop. My choice is to purchase double length shielded SSTP that come with a pair of shielded connectors THEN CUT to the length needed using NON shielded connectors. The shield is on the switch side and non shield on the outboard device (radio). Ensure your switch is CAT 6 specified as CAT 5 and lower specs do not require a balanced transformer which reduces common mode EMI radiation."

    when you reattach the non-shield connector to the radio side, are you just spicing it in or do you need a crimper and new connectors?

    tnx 73 Paul w2eck

  • Stan VA7NF
    Stan VA7NF President Surrey Amateur Radio Communications Member ✭✭

    Needs to use normal attaching a connector. Crimp tool is the normal way.

    Another thread had a paper on audio grounding which found that double shielding is better PROVIDING a parallel ground is included, such as a thick wire or strap. That paper flies against FlexRadio recommendation of no shielding cable (UDP re STP or SSTP). I'd like to see a that paper repeated with radio frequencies rather than audio ground loops (hum)

  • W2ECK
    W2ECK Member ✭✭

    Stan - thanks for the followup and advice

    73 Paul w2eck