I want to network 2 PC's and one xbox together. One PC and xbox are already wired into my router, but the other one is about 150 feet away in another building. I want to aviod using a wireless network if it is possible. Can I make a 150 foot run from the router to a PC and what type of cable would I need? I do not want to get rid of my $40 router and replace it with a wireless system due to the cost of getting the router, 2 wireless cards, and another card for my xbox 360.
why not get a wireless router, then have keep the current computer and xbox on the wireless router, and just buy one access point
I doubt this is what you're looking for, but try: Hamachi
You would not have to buy wireless cards for the PC and xBox. Just one wireless card for the PC in the other building, and the wireless router. The other two can be plugged directly into the wireless router, as it is a router and a wireless switch. 150ft of sheilded CAT5 cable (normal network cable) is $87.95. 100ft of standard CAT5 cable (the site I found doesn't sell standard longer than this) is $37.95. [COLOR=Blue]Site[/COLOR]
I don't know a lot about networking though, so don't take my word as final. (though I might study up and do the A+/N+ certification tests, but I'm not near ready yet)
deathwarderwhy not get a wireless router, then have keep the current computer and xbox on the wireless router, and just buy one access point
I don't want to mess around with that unless I must. My dad also does not like the idea of a wireless network. He thinks they are hackable(which they are since the singal is spilling out of my home)
Now could I buy some Cat 5 cable(I can get 1000feet of it for $70) and attach the connectors? My dad is good at electrical work so running the wire would not be a problem.
Probably would work, yeh. I'll ask my dad tonight to see if you'd experience any kind of lag/hangup times. You'd probably want to bury a 1/2 to 1 inch pipe underground so nothing happens to it, if this will be outside (I assume it will be, since it's in another building). The thing with wireless networks, my dad was skeptical about them too, we finally got one, and now we have ours set to only allow the MAC addresses of our wireless cards, and deny anyone else access to it.
To answer the original question, As far as I can remember the maximum recommended run for standard CAT5 cable is 160 yards. Twisted pair (CAT5E) is preferable for a cable run over 160 yards.
You are borderline so I would recommend CAT5E (most plain CAT5 is just uncertified CAT5E anyway, but its better safe than sorry)
And I agree with Homer, make sure the cable is in a pipe, otherwise something is bound to happen to it.
Your best bet would be either, as you say, running some Cat5E across to the other building, or setting up a VPN - which would be much slower, but wouldn't involve digging up the road in order to access the other PC. :p
dysfunctionalI doubt this is what you're looking for, but try: Hamachi
Bloody handy program, that.
I got a 6inch diameter pipe running from my house to the building with electrical, water, gas, compressed air lines running in it. Would there be any interference with running cat 5e wire close to a massive power cable(I forgot the exact ammount, but it used to run some giant motors(3 to 5hp) on woodworking equipment.
I can say that you don't get interference next to standard sized power cables in the UK with our standard wiring and voltages but yours is probably different and I can't honestly say as I haven't tried.
That having been said, I think we have double to quadruple the voltages running through our cables to most countries so I seriously doubt it would be a problem, in any case CAT5E is shielded and its twisted pair to help retain the signal. (just make sure you do get CAT5E and not CAT5 as the CAT5 spec is unshielded and untwisted)