POE networking, what's the range?

perryh at pluto.rain.com perryh at pluto.rain.com
Sat Oct 7 16:40:31 PDT 2006

> > ... does anyone know the range of Power Over Ethernet? I want
> > something to go from my house to my garage apartment then hook
> > a wireless access point in to the POE box. The garage and the
> > house are on their own power circuit but where the lines split
> > is in between the house and the garage. I'm thinking it'll be
> > around 600ft plus all the wiring in the house and garage.

The garage and the house are over 1/10 of a mile apart?

> If your garage has power, why not just plug the access point into
> an outlet in the garage instead of pulling power all the way from
> the house?

There can be some significant safety issues in stringing copper
between buildings, especially over significant distances and if
the building grounds are not interbonded.  I'd encourage the O.P.
to first consult a local electrical inspector, or an electrician
who is familiar with the local conditions and safety codes.  Yes,
I know this is not mains power, but hazards exist with signal
wiring as well.

One alternative would be to track down a couple of fiber
adapters, and string (non-conductive) fiber instead of copper.

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