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i just brought a 500 feet cat 6 from home depot today. for wiring between the walls and rock sheets. but my contractor told me ethernet cables are rather flimsy, and that isn't something you want between walls consider fixing it would require yanking out the walls. i heard some suggest fiber. how would i go about hooking that up. and how much more is it? and how would that work with my Ethernet ports?
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I dont know what your contractor is talking about.. I work in construction, Ive pulled miles literally miles of cat 5 in a house before thru walls, the attic, then thru the walls again, to the basement ( it was one of those smart houses )... Its perfectly safe, it is however a good idea not to run it in the same holes as the electrical lines. It probably wont, but can cause interference.
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lol i think he might have over exaggerated. what about fiber. how would i go about wiring that through the house?
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I dont know a thing about fiber other than it is very very delicate, and a PITA to splice.
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We have fiber ran along our cat6 at work. The fiber line is very thin and i woild call it "delicate" as well. None of our equipment currently uses the fiber so unfortunately i cant help you with that part. As far as i know fiber is considerably more expensive.
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cost isn't that big a deal for me. i'm more confused about how to it install. is it a passive type of connection or do i need to get a device at each end of the fiber line? has anyone ever installed a fiber network in their home?
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Originally Posted by kckyle;14480464 
lol i think he might have over exaggerated. what about fiber. how would i go about wiring that through the house?
CAT6 is designed to be pulled.... look at any server room with 200ft runs.

There is no need for fiber unless your are running 10GbE. NIC cards are a $300-800 each.


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cost isn't that big a deal for me. i'm more confused about how to it install. is it a passive type of connection or do i need to get a device at each end of the fiber line? has anyone ever installed a fiber network in their home?
You're going to drop a few thousand for fiber? You will need fiber NIC cards.
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Use the cat6. Cat5/6 cable is tough as heck, I've had 50 ft ran outside exposed (on the ground) to the elements for 2 years now and it still runs fine.

Once the cable is in the wall nothing will damage it short of the place going up in flames.
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i see, perhaps i should hook up cat 6 for now. after all i brought the wall outlet for it already. and put couple fiber lines in between the wall just in case for future?
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Cat 6 is plenty good for the foreseeable future. It is meant to be pulled through walls and does so just fine. Just make sure the contractor puts metal plates (I forget what they are called atm) on the studs to protect the wires from the screws that hold the drywall up. Also, it is against building codes to run high and low voltage wires together in the same run so plan on another set of holes in the studs.
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