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A. Expanding the Network > CREATING A BLUEPRINT

CREATING A BLUEPRINT

Home networks that grow haphazardly and spontaneously usually end up with problems that are difficult to diagnose and manage. You need to know the technological details of the equipment you’re adding or moving, and the ramifications of changes you make to the network’s layout. The best solution is to avoid problems by planning properly.

DISTANCE MAXIMUMS

Regardless of the topology (connection method) you use for your home network, you have to understand that data doesn’t travel for infinite distances. All topologies have distance limitations.

Ethernet distance maximums

For Ethernet wiring, the maximum length of a cable run is 328 feet (100 meters). A cable run is a length of cable, which is connected at both ends to an Ethernet device. Usually, one end of the cable is connected to a computer’s network adapter, and the other end is connected to a hub, switch, or router. However, you can also connect a cable between a hub, switch, or router and any of the following devices:


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