Connecting 2 Switches problem (Cable length?)
We have two buildings about 80m apart. A few years ago I got a Cat5e cable laid to connect the two together with a switch at each end and all was workign fine.
I have just upgraded my old switches to Netgear GS524uk 24 port Pro Safe switches. Now this is were the problem starts, I cannot get the two to connect i.e show any lights when I connect them directly but... when I add a 5 port switch into the mix I can get a connection. I have had the two new switches side by side and know they work.
I am wondering if its the cable length I have just used a trundle wheel to follow the exact path of the cable and it actually comes to about 120m which I know is more than ethernet should be connected. Do you think this is the problem ? 100mb is fine but at gigabit speeds it just cant cope ?
The whole point in this excercise was to allow gigabit speeds between the buildings :-(
Anyone got any ideas neither of these switches have fibre connectors and I dont fancy trying to relay a new cable.
Are there any devices that will extend the distance limitation ?
Any help will be greatfully recieved.