How far can I run an Axia network cable?

Updated 7 months ago by Bryan Jones

SCOPE

While this doesn't apply to any particular Axia product, it applies generally to all devices that rely on the network for delivery of AoIP (Audio over IP)

DESCRIPTION

Customers often ask, "How far can I run my network cables?"

Electrical signals (network or otherwise) degrade over long distances, especially when you’re talking super-thin wires like the ones in Ethernet cables. The faster we push data, the more sensitive the data becomes to that degradation.

The ANSI/TIA-568 standard provides for a maximum cable run of 100 meters (roughly 328 feet). There is a good Wikipedia article here that describes the spec.

Remember that 100 meters is the max. While it's not a hard limit, the recommendation is not to push it. In a situation like AoIP where lost packets mean lost audio, it's best to steer clear of that limit. Your 100 meters can be reduced by going through multiple patch panels, exceeding the bend ratios in your cables, etc. It looks nice but your are really not supposed to wire-tile all your network cables together to the extent it crushes the cable.

FOR LONGER RUNS

Optical cables do not have the same distance limits as copper cables. Many Axia products (Power Station, QOR, xSwitch) offer SFP ports to allow for the use of fiber optic ables where longer distances or electrical isolation is required.


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