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Longer cable to router

I need a slightly longer cable to my router, can I use a standard CAT5e or CAT 6 cable obtainable from Amazon?

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  • Chris DL5NAM
    Chris DL5NAM Member ✭✭✭
    Answer ✓

    you should use CAT6 or better and up to 50m is no problem

    73 Chris DL5NAM

  • Erik Carling EI4KF
    Erik Carling EI4KF Member ✭✭✭
    Answer ✓

    It is standard. As Chris stated, you can use normal but high quality CAT6. My club station has 180ft buried with no issues.


  • RFord
    RFord Member ✭✭✭

    Terry yes you can... the brand name Cable Matters has been recommended in the past. You want to make sure you have a good quality cable.


  • Terry G4POP
    Terry G4POP Member ✭✭
    Thanks for your suggestions, so it's a standard cable not reworked by flex with different plug wiring?
  • K0FLY
    K0FLY Member ✭✭✭


    Standard cable. Thanks for your work with LOG4OM.

    Gayle K0FLY

  • Martin AA6E
    Martin AA6E Member ✭✭✭

    Be careful not to be resonant at RF. Avoid 1/4 wavelength or multiples.

    Some folks swear by shielded cable (perhaps with shield cut at one end to avoid ground loops). Other folks say not to worry.

    Cat 5/ Cat6? My attitude: try it and see how it goes. But Cat 6 won't hurt.

    I've had some troubles with 1 Gb connections (with Maestro) that went away when I used a 100 Mb router. Ymmv!

    73 Martin AA6E

  • John KB4DU
    John KB4DU Member ✭✭✭✭

    Weird enough, but I also replaced a 1gb switch with a repurposed router (WiFi off) 100mb ports, and the network dropping the flex went away. Something internal in the way the data stream is handled, I guess.

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