Where can I buy long ethernet cable (uk)?

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  1. Chic0 macrumors 6502

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    I have just purchased a NAS. My original plan was to set it up and hide it behind AV equipment. I have a surround sound setup with sub woofer, so have now changed my mind as I don't want the vibration from the sub, potentially damaging the drives (The walls in my apartment are really thick, so I tend to play my music loud :) )

    Anyway, I would like to hide the NAS away in the mezzanine, but I need a long ethernet cable so i can connect it to my router. I need a cable about 30-40metres long. Anyone know any online stores where I can buy something like this?

    Also are some types of ethernet better than others?

    Will I experience any loss in reading/writing of data as the cable will be so long?

    thanks
     
  2. jamesyd1991 macrumors member

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    I am not sure where you will want to buy the cable, but I figured I could answer other parts of your post.

    I personally, for cost sake, would go with Cat 5E; you could get Cat 6 but it costs more. Either way you could get a gigabit connection, depending on your other devices.

    As for length, typically with anything < 90 meters you should be good. There can be other things that would cause interference, but I would imagine in an apartment you won't have anything to worry about.
     
  4. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    You should buy at least a CAT5e cable, CAT6 would be better. Both support gigabit ethernet, the latter, however, is better shielded which is definitely desirable for long distances (like yours) with a lot of interfering signals like power lines.

    That is a CAT5 cable, hence supports only 100Mbit/s.
     
  5. jamesyd1991 macrumors member

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    My bad lol, don't understand all this CAT stuff, reading into it now..
     
  6. Chic0 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the responses guys. That CAT info was really helpful too. I dont think i'll have that much interference though, but if I can get a CAT6 for not too much more, then i will.

    Just for the record I will be connecting the NAS to my AEBS. I use 802.11n on 5ghz

    Cheers for the Play.com linkage James. Yeah that a bit big :)
    Had a look on amazon and there is a good selection of cables 30-40m in length!

    Cheers
     
  7. Ap0ks, Nov 12, 2010
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    Most local computer shops (possibly some electrician trade counters) will be able to make you a cable to length and crimp the connectors on each end, or sell you the cable length and let you DIY. Cat5e/6 is generally 70p/£1.30 a metre with the RJ45 connectors costing around 25p each (you will need a crimping tool though).

    Other than that you'd have to buy a pre-fabbed length from somewhere like Maplin's/PCWorld or similar online stores. From the bigger stores you should be able to get a 40M Cat5 cable for less than £40. Just remembered Ebuyer.com have a decent selection too.

    Hope that helps :)
     
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