Home Network Cabling

November 26, 2016
Structured Wiring - How To

This week's episode was inspired by Tech Talker listeners Mike and Bill.

In a previous podcast, I talked about switches, routers, hubs, and bridges. In that episode I mentioned why having a wired home network would be extremely useful. Say you wanted to stream movies, home videos, share files, or back up all of your computers to your home network. Well, you can do that.

Step #1: Design Your Network

First things first - you'll need to decide how many rooms you want to run your wired internet through. This will determine much of your price, because it will dictate how many feet of cable you'll need to buy.

Next, you'll want to find a good spot for all of the cables to meet at or the junction point; this is where you'll put your switch or router. Keep in mind that you'll have multiple wires coming out of your wall at this point. For this reason many people opt to have this location in a closet or behind a desk. Personally, I chose to have this be in my office closet. My reasoning is that it is centrally located in the house, it's out of the way, and it's still easily accessible if I want to make some changes.

Once you've found this junction spot, try and measure the distance from this spot to the desired locations in each room. The best way to accurately measure the length you'll need is to imagine connecting a string from the junction point (where the router is) to the wall outlet. Always overestimate, and take into account that you might need to run the wire under your house, in the attic, or even through that walls!

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