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By rlehman ·
We have an outside building with a PC in it. We would like to find an inexpensive method of getting the PC on the network. Phone grade copper cable is already available in the building. Has anyone had experience with the networking products that claim to be able to run on phone cable? A 10 Meg connection would be sufficient

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by allan In reply to Poor Man's Network

You don't say how far away the building is.
I haven't had much luck with a reliable "phone network".
I would consider running Cat5 or a wireless option.

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by rlehman In reply to Poor Man's Network
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by lewey04 In reply to Poor Man's Network

Distance is definitely an important factor. If your phone grade copper cable is CAT5 cable you are ok. If not, you are just asking for trouble. You also would need switches or routers to get you from building to building. Good luck.

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by sowens01 In reply to Poor Man's Network

Phone grade copper cable works just the same as twisted pair cable. I have used it before and it does give a suitable connection speed (Around 10Mbps). They have a special network card that accepts the standard phone jack. The best that I have seen for this is the 3com Home Connect.

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by McKayTech In reply to Poor Man's Network

I've been in a few situations where what was reported as "phone grade" cable actually met Cat5 standards for attenuation, near-end crosstalk, etc. Depending on the distance, you may be able to terminate this cable and use it as is. If it were me, I think I would throw in a cheap NIC and give it a try.

Other solutions that are designed to operate across Cat3 or less typically do not provide full ethernet speed, although 11meg products are on the horizon. But depending on what your needs really are, even 1.5meg might be sufficient (that is, after all, the speed at which a T-1 WAN works and we do pretty well with those). 1.5meg is well within the range of current phoneline networking products and those that I've used have worked well.
However, again depending on the distance, wireless products are coming down in price and up in speed and that might be an option as well.

But the biggest part of the puzzle is what will be running over it. If it's primarily printer data, the printer will be way sl

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