If possible and you get Ethernet cable installed, I would always advise the installation of 2 cables. It’s extremely cheap and will give you backup in the future, as the last thing you would want to do is dig it all up if there is a problem.
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Just make sure it is at least Cat5e - but I would say get Cat6a as that has additional shielding from "cross-talk" and electrical interference - might help if you are running it adjacent to electrical mains cable. Solid core cable - rather than "stranded: should ensure a better/more "robust" connection. If its not running in conduit you could use cable that may have protection from a misplaced "spade strike".
Just mooch around the usual suppliers and see what the varying cable specs are and how much it will cost
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These systems are popular in the USA where most rooms already have coax but there are sellers on ebay. You need an adapter for each end costing upwards of £150. The adapters need power.
At the garden office end the ethernet could go straight into your PC. Alternatively you need a switch for £12 plus to provide ethernet to other devices. One other device could be a WiFi access point like a Virgin Pod so you can get support from virgin,
Can anyone recommend which external Ethernet cable to buy?
What is the total length of the cable run from VM hub inside to inside the garden office?
Distance might be a factor in so far as what's readily available in cut lengths of cable and quite a difference in cost of the different Cat# versions depending on how much you want to buy. Also check any cable you are looking at is copper rather than copper clad aluminium (CCA).
With the max length of 100 meters for Ethernet it’s not likely to be a problem? Just buy a 100 meter drum of cable and it’s easy to make you own. Yes agree , stay clear of CCA cables for external usage.
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Wasn't referring to the 100m technical limitation of cable length (unless the OP has an extremely long garden!) but more to do with getting hold of convenient cut lengths of cable without buying a huge reel. I'm often surprised when I run in cable just how long a run can turn out to be by the time all the turns and changes in height are included in the run.