Art what router do you have to get that kind of distance? What was the cost?
Not sure about the rules in your neck of the woods-but around here (Iowa) any time you dig, you are required to call in a locate service. Service is paid for by the utilities, so it costs nothing for the one digging-other than the time to make a phone call. Just keep in mind they only locate utility lines-not ones you own-and you usually own water lines after the shutoff at the curb. Legalities or no, not a bad idea if it is available.
I'd go for wired. If you're concerned about lightning strikes propagating through the wires, you can install surge suppressors (for what they're worth) in the CAT5x/6 line.To me, the biggest argument against WiFi is congestion in the 2.4GHz band. If you are in an urban, suburban, or dense rural environment, the ubiquity of WiFi access points owned and installed by your neighbors can be overwhelming. Since it's a shared spectrum, the more of them there are, the more interference there will be so the lower your signal:noise ratio will be. That means lower transmission speeds. Run a utility like inSSIDer and you'll see what I mean.If you can do 5 GHz, you'll likely be better off because there is a wider usable band and fewer users, but 5 GHz doesn't have as long a range, and it's more susceptible to dropouts due to stuff getting in the line-of-site (like steel walls).Rant on...Most people leave their routers/access points at full power. Most of them probably don't even know they can change it, and the ones that do know probably figure that full power will give them better speed. The truth is that it really doesn't get you higher speed, it just gives greater range. The problem is that if you aren't controlling your range, you are interfering with your neighbor's WiFi signals (and your neighbor is interfering with yours). If everyone turned down their power settings to only cover their own property, everyone would probably get better speed because the interference (S/N ratio) would be lower!Has anyone here done RF coordination of WiFi in their own neighborhoods? (I live out in the sticks, and can't detect any other neighborhood WiFi, so it's not an issue for me.)...done ranting.
Buy a spool of good CAT5 OR CAT6, then take an edger and cut a slot burying the cable as you go. That will put the cable down about 4-6" and you can cover the slit by walking on it. Terminate each end with an RJ-45 and put a small 4 port hub/switch on each end. You can then run another 328' from each hub/switch, you won't lose any data, and if you take a hit it will probably stop at the hubs/switches. You don't need to enclose the cable in anything, just be careful not to cut it and it will last 5, 10, 15 years or longer. If I've done this once I've done it a thousand times with no problems ever.
...Terminate each end with an RJ-45 and put a small 4 port hub/switch on each end...
And one last point: the electricity can't see what color the insulation is.
Well I was way off on my guess on length. After breaking out the tape measure I'm about 225ft. all said and done. Because I live in a rural area I can only get 5mg download speed.Brian can you send me links to the 2 items I would need to do it your way. So As to give me a idea of cost.
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