[CS-FSLUG] Long Copper Run and Fiber Media Converters

Peter J. Vasquez Sr. pjvasquez at baeyogin.com
Mon Sep 24 15:55:14 CDT 2012

Pulling the fiber is definitely a no go.

As for the APC PNET1GB, are you sure the grounding has been done
properly?  What are you grounding to?  You should not be seeing any
packet loss.  If so, what are you using to test the point to point

On Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 3:38 PM, Timothy Butler <tbutler at ofb.biz> wrote:
> Thanks, Josiah and Peter. Here are a few more questions:
>> I concur with Josiah.  Fiber is a precise art, especially in the
>> polishing of the ends.  My company has run many thousands of feet
>> across our area, and even with the thick/tough stuff, we have had
>> issues in some areas.  Also, unlike cat5/cat6 where you can use a pull
>> string to get it through, you will need special equipment that 'blows'
>> the fiber with a lot of force through the conduit to come out in the
>> other side without breaking or kinking it (this only works if there is
>> sufficient room, usually when the conduit is empty).
>         Hmm... that might a problem. So, my idea of pulling it through the empty conduit is a no go, then, it sounds like?
>> GigE over cat5/cat6 is the way to go.  If you're able to dig another
>> trench for the conduit and then use PVC to get it between the
>> buildings, that would be the best option if you can't use the existing
>> one.  I did this for my church a couple of months ago between
>> buildings (about 200ft), and it was really worth it to get several
>> cat6 lines in at once that we can expand to use in the future.  It's a
>> lot of work, but if you can do it, it really is the best way.  Let me
>> know if you need any additional information.  Thanks.
>         Well, I have a brand new Cat 6 cable in an empty conduit. It works now that I took back the TRENDnet switches for Netgear ones. I can now achieve a Gig-E link (though I haven't tested the actual speed yet), but when I put the surge protectors on, packet loss gets really severe. So, I've been... stumped... on how to proceed. As I mentioned, I am using APC PNET1GB surge protectors for the ethernet. Perhaps there is something better I should be using? I want to make sure I don't accidentally blow out the network due to a surge.
>         Maybe I need more expensive copper switches to get the job done?
>         Thanks!
>         Tim
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