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Tips for Choosing an Ethernet Cable Extender

Tips for Choosing an Ethernet Cable Extender

Nothing is more frustrating than arriving at a friend’s home for a night of LAN gaming only to discover your location is just a few feet too far away from the HUB. Or perhaps you have finally reorganized your home office only to discover that your computer’s new Feng Shui home is now five feet further than you have cable for. Never fear there is a simple solution to these nightmares: an Ethernet Cable Extender.

Ethernet Cable Extenders are certainly handy to have laying around in your laptops carry case as you never know when you will need it. There have been several times that this has proven to be a lifesaver.

Now armed with this new knowledge let’s look at where you can find one at a reasonable price.

First off grab something to measure with and figure out just how short you really are. Now that you have measured this, add a few extra feet to give yourself some wiggle room in case you need to route it differently or to allow for tucking the extra cable out of site.

You have a couple options when it comes to an Ethernet Cable Extender.  If you have a couple short cables you can get what looks like a telephone coupler that allows for two cables to be run end to end. These are usually the cheapest solution as it requires very little to solve the dilemma.

Another option is to get an Ethernet Cable Extender that looks very similar to the simple connector but it has a pre-made cable already attached to it in various lengths. Short cables are available, ranging from 2 to 6 feet in length and a few even feature retractable ends making it handy for storage. The average length is around 10 to 15 feet in length but there are even some manufacturers that make a hefty 250 foot Ethernet Cable Extender! Gold is king when it comes to wire connections; if you have the extra cash opt for these connectors for superior data transfer rates.

If you have the tools available there is a third option: make a new cable. Find a supplier that sells Ethernet cable by the foot and purchase the correct cable ends and a crimpling tool.

If making a new cable is not for you, grab your phone book and look up your local electronic dealers and parts warehouses as they will most likely have several options for Ethernet Cable Extenders. A few calls around town is a lot cheaper than driving.

Ask your friends if they have spare cable they no longer need or if they know of anyone with spare cables. This is a good way to re-use something in a junk drawer.

If time is on your side, you can do a few quick online searches and possibly find a great deal. Online shopping offers several other options such as auction sites and factory closeouts to score a good deal on that massive length of cable.  

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