NANOG Digest, Vol 43, Issue 53

Dorn Hetzel dorn at
Sat Aug 13 11:53:58 UTC 2011

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?

On Sat, Aug 13, 2011 at 12:16 AM, Charles N Wyble
<charles at>wrote:

> On 08/12/2011 08:53 PM, Alex Rubenstein wrote:
> >
> >
> >> .
> > Trust me, if I could, I would certainly do dark to my house.
> The last house I was in, was 500 feet from AT&T fiber and easy walking
> distance to the CO. My sister in law lives there now. I'm considering
> putting a rack or two in the garage for disaster recovery purposes.
> >
> >
> > Been there, done that, in the current home. Two MDF's, upstairs. I hate
> it. For the cost (not much) going to home run everything. Ethernet, coax,
> speakers, etc.
> Nice. Please write this up. I want to do the same. Hoping I can rack
> mount everything and have an epic setup. Every room would have ethernet
> drop, coax, speaker. What about video? Hmmm. What about fiber drop in
> every room as well?

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