Art, we did that for quite a while and it worked well.  Buy the good 
baluns and be sure they are matched.  Don't muck around with old ones that 
are lying about.  Our location here is susceptible to lightning damage and 
even with lightning arrestors at the entry point to every building the 
baluns got toasted at least once most summers even though we had no other 
damage.

_______________________
Booth Martin
boothm@earth.goddard.edu
http://www.spy.net/~booth
_______________________




"Art Tostaine, Jr." <Art@link400.com>
Sent by: owner-midrange-l@midrange.com
11/30/1999 03:28 PM
Please respond to MIDRANGE-L

 
        To:     <midrange-l@midrange.com>
        cc: 
        Subject:        Twinax and Balun's Wiring question

I have a small AS/400 setup where all of the PC's are connected through 
ethernet.

I still have a twinax console (they can pry it from my cold dead fingers), 
and I would like to wire
it with cat 5 wiring.  I normally purchase a device like a Powerstar that 
has one twinax in and 6
RJ-45 out.  I don't want to purchase that for one twinax device.

Can I just put a balun on the twinax wire out of the 400, connect that to 
with a patch cord to an
RJ-45 jack, then wire that to another RJ-45 jack elsewhere in the office? 
The other end would be
identical, using RJ-45 jack, patch cable to balun, twinax to the terminal?

Can I go through the patch panel instead of hard wiring from one jack to 
the other?

The total distance involved is about 15 feet.  I know I could run twinax 
through the wall, but that
would be too easy.

Art Tostaine, Jr.
CCA, Inc.
Jackson, NJ 08527

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