Anybody able to recommend a switch or router model that'll still negotiate 100Base-T4? This is to connect two buildings via a legacy ~100' run of 8-TP CAT3 cable in a buried conduit. Currently, there's a pair of directional WLAN antennas in place. However, performance is poor and unreliable. Cutting down the trees inbetween isn't an acceptable option. So I'm exploring the feasibility of using 4-pair of the existing CAT3 cable.
On a related topic, the CAT3 is solid-core bell wire, vice stranded. Is this going make a difference? The threaded variety improves flexibility, and more conductor surface area. Is the difference going to matter?
VDSL2 might be the right solution. Are there vendors, particular models, you can recommend?
The conduit between the two buildings is 2 inch galvanized steel pipe, about 100 feet (~30.5 meters) in length. There are no splices in the run. Only one pair of the eight was ever used. The others are clean, original pairs as the installer left them.
The buildings themselves are a bit closer than 100 feet, wall to wall. However, there are trees, gardening, etc., in between that's causing trouble for the existing WLAN solution. Also, the two ends of the conduit are in handy locations.
Hi everyone, I would like to thank you in advance for any help you can provide a newcomer like myself!
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