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Advice on running network cable throughout my house.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by elsmandino, 29 Nov 2018.

  1. elsmandino

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    I would be really grateful for some advice on hard-wiring my home network.

    I currently use an 8-port switch, but am thinking of upgrading it to one of these:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/NETGEAR-GS...&keywords=netgear+24+port+gigabit+switch&th=1

    For the growing number of smart items in my home.

    I plan to only use wireless where hard wiring is not a possibility.

    I live in a bungalow and plan to put the switch in my office (next to a hollow wall) and run all the cables into the loft and then down to each of the rooms in my house.

    Ultimately, my question is what cable and plates to use and where to buy them.

    I am torn between Cat5e and Cat 6. Will a trip to screwfix do or should I buy online from somewhere like Cable Monkey?

    In terms of faceplates, do you think that the Keystone type are the way to go?
     
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  3. elsmandino

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    Whilst I really like the idea of mesh, my house is small enough (and convenient enough) that running network cables is not going to be major job.

    Very nice solution, though.

    Out of interest, do you notice any realtime slowdown from not using cabling?
     
  4. mattylad

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    I would suggest using the most recent version, best quality, upgrade able and so on.
    What may be OK now may not in the future, having to run the cables again may not be desirable then.
    Also, run extra cables. While you may think your only going to use a computer, printer and xbox in your bathroom now, in the future you may also want a networked doodymaflip as well and it's gonna be a pain to run more wires.
    e.g. My youngest sons bedroom as 4 cable points, he moved his wardrobe and covered one but it's no problem as he has 3 left (they are all in use).
     
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