What is the maximum length for a network cable?

Anonymous August 23, 2014

How far or the maximum length of UTP cable can connect an internet connection?

  1. Guy M
    August 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Some switches will boost the signal so that it can make it down another run of cable. But there are dedicated signal boosters that will do the same thing. Try to put the booster well before the 100m or 300ft mark though, maybe by at least 50-100 ft. That way you've got a strong signal to boost, instead of one that has almost attenuated to nothing.

  2. Hovsep A
    August 24, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Category 6 cable
    When used for 10/100/1000BASE-T, the maximum allowed length of a Cat 6 cable is 100 meters or 328 feet.
    the protocol that runs over UTP has a maximum length for performance and other technical reasons such as Ethernet Collision. if you need of a connection extending any further, you should place a hub/switch between two cables.

    August 23, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Hello, yes the maximum distance recommended according to the specs is 100 metres. You could extend it by connecting it to other hardware like switches, etc.

  4. Oron J
    August 23, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    The maximum run for a cat. 5 or cat. 6 cable used at 10/100/1000 mbps is 100 metres. You may be able to use greater lengths, but you'll be exceeding the official specs.