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#1 Dave in Indiana

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Posted 31 August 2022 - 09:23 AM

I want short run of ethernet cable between my wifi mesh node and my lap top.  I can put the node on the same table, so I need like a 2 or 3 foot length of cable.

 

What specs for the cable am I looking for or what shouldn't I get?



#2 zymot

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Posted 31 August 2022 - 09:34 AM

Anything labeled CAT6 is fine. If all you find is CAT 5, that would work too.

Do not worry about length.

#3 dagomike

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Posted 31 August 2022 - 09:39 AM

Yup. It doesn't matter. Cat 6 is more bandwidth, but you're not going to use that going from a mesh wireless node to an endpoint. It might be worth it to connect nodes as a backbone, but not to an endpoint on a slower node. 



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Posted 31 August 2022 - 09:43 AM

Find the cheapest thing you can. It would be hard for this not to work.

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Posted 31 August 2022 - 10:01 AM

Thanks, guys.  I assume I would get a slight increase in speed/bandwith with the cable vs. just close proximity with the node?



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Posted 31 August 2022 - 10:04 AM

2022-08-31-12-03-26-Amazon-com-ethernet-



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Posted 31 August 2022 - 10:06 AM

Depends on bandwidth available to the node. Wireless conditions could exceed the maximum available bandwidth, depending wireless flavor, environment, and network capacity. But, generally, wired will reliably give you the best possible performance. 



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Posted 31 August 2022 - 08:11 PM

You are better off making a wired/copper connection when you can.

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Posted 31 August 2022 - 08:33 PM

As long as you are under 100 meters in cable length, you should be just peachy.



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Posted 01 September 2022 - 08:49 AM

5e or better



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Posted 01 September 2022 - 09:19 AM

I like the Monoprice.com SlimLine series. Less bulky and more flexible than most ethernet cables. 

 

https://www.monopric...duct?p_id=27433

 

Be sure to check all the lengths and colors... you can sometimes find bargains. For example, right now:

 

For 5-foot cables, Black, Blue, or Yellow is $4.99, White is $4.49. Red is only $1.99.

 

For 7-foot cables, Blue is $5.49, White is $3.39, Purple is $3.19, and Green is $2.99.





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