POE networking, what's the range?

Michael Johnson ahze at ahze.net
Sat Oct 7 17:25:02 PDT 2006

On 10/7/06, perryh at pluto.rain.com <perryh at pluto.rain.com> wrote:
> > > ... 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?

yeah. it's not a car garage.

> > 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.

I don't plan to string cable at all. Cable is already in place for
all the electric stuff.

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

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