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Re: NANOG Digest, Vol 43, Issue 53
From: Greg Ihnen <os10rules () gmail com>
Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2011 11:11:52 -0430

On Aug 13, 2011, at 7:23 AM, Dorn Hetzel wrote:

I live on a farm and I have a number of data runs between buildings that are
copper ethernet pulled through buried conduits.  (It was what I could afford
when I put it in).  We have trouble from time to time with damage from
lightning. (I've taken to using an intermediate "throwaway" 5-port switch
after the surge suppressors on the cable after building entry, but still
stuff gets blown up now and then.  The longer runs of outside ethernet have
one or more toadstools with small switches used as repeaters in the middle.


Well, I would like to convert the whole outside mess to fiber to eliminate
this problem, and the per-foot price of 6 or 12 strand single mode cables is
pretty reasonable nowadays...  But, I'm not very current on the most
economical methods for splicing and terminating the fiber, which of course I
would need to do on a "personal" sized budget.  Any suggestions?


This is somewhat off topic but have you tried any ethernet surge protectors? I use them here in the jungle with lots of 
lightning and it works good if your overall install is sound. Also you have to have your electrical ground tied to the 
conduit so it all stays at the same potential. But still fiber is the way to go. You could also go wireless with a pair 
of Ubiquiti Nanostation M2's

Greg

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