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Clarification on minimum cable length for Cat5

In one of your previous answers to a question of "Is there a minimum cable length for Cat5," you said it was 2.5 meters. I have searched several areas and cannot find that specification anywhere. Could you please send me a link or a document supporting this specification?
Having a CAT 5 cable that is shorter than 2.5 meters doesn't mean it won't work, but you might experience connectivity problems depending on the network card your using and the overall quality your wiring has.

To help prove the above, here are some links that refer to the specification I mentioned:

  • http://www.firewall.cx/cabling_10baseT.php
  • http://www.firewall.cx/cabling_100baseT.php
  • http://www.comptechdoc.org/independent/networking/guide/nethwethernet.html
  • This was last published in October 2003

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