Router to laptop cable - is there a length limit

  johnincrete 15:34 03 Oct 13
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The cable between router and laptop is 1 metre long which restricts things physically. The wireless connection is too slow for watching my favourite rugby matches. Is there a limit to the length of the cable? I intend to connect to my new TV via an HDMI cable so as to watch in comfort

  wiz-king 15:48 03 Oct 13

Not really but it might slow things down if you use more than about 20m.

  Jollyjohn 16:00 03 Oct 13

I have taken an ethernet cable out through a window, 1/4 of the way round a house and down floor, back in through a window and stuck a spare router on the end to give internet access with no loss of speed. Probably looking at a good 25 - 30 metre cable length.

  johnincrete 16:04 03 Oct 13
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Thanks. I'm on the way to the shop!

  Diemmess 16:04 03 Oct 13

As with wiz-king

Think of the cable as one of several parts all of which will lose a little signal, but this one is insignificant, assuming the signal is reasonable to start with!

I have about had no problem with an 8M cable, in an iffy area. and on two occasions with trouble elsewhere, the BT or Openreach engineer checked the physical line and connection and pronounced it fit.

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