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Wife and I just bought our first home and I would like to run Cat 5e to all the rooms including the garage. A good friend of mine knows how to run cables so that part isn't an issue, but he knows nothing of network wiring.

I'm looking for some advice on best practices as this will be something new for me. I'm thinking of putting using a cover that has 4 Cat 5e outlets in each room (probably more in the office, or 4 with a switch). The modem will likely have to go in the office as there is no cable outlet in the Laundry room (upstairs).

In the laundry room I'm planning of having a 24 port GB switch. Run the Cat 5e cable from the modem to the switch and have all the cables from the house go to the switch.

Does this sound like strong setup that will work in a home?
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You'll need some existing wall outlet boxes, about $2 a pop. Some 'Fish Tape' to pull the cable through the wall.

I'm on the fence of buying one of these...

http://toolmonger.com/2008/01/21/goodbye-fish-tape-hello-magnafish/

Either way it's a project. I started mine, not done yet. But I'm lazy.
    
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So basically I need:
1000ft Cat 5e Cable
4x Cat 5e Punch Down Keystone Jacks (per room)
Wall box for each room with a 4 hole Keystone plate

Whats the cleanest way to bring them from the rooms to the laundry where the switch will be located at?
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If you're going to have 4 cat5 jacks in each room, that's 4 separate runs of cable. You may end up being short with only 1000'
You'll also probably need a 24 port punch down block for the cat5 at the head end.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by iSpark;15152264 
If you're going to have 4 cat5 jacks in each room, that's 4 separate runs of cable. You may end up being short with only 1000'
You'll also probably need a 24 port punch down block for the cat5 at the head end.

Thanks, never used a patch panel before.
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Patch panels are super easy to use. Just make sure to punch down the keystone ends to the same termination time on the patch panel (A terminations to A Patch Panel or B Terminations to B Patch Panel) Make sure to have a punch down tool for doing this as it makes it a lot easier to deal with.

Make sure to try to not run it right beside power lines. And if you should have to go across lighting ballists that you do it at a 90 degree angle and lifted off of it approx 18in if possible.
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It's pretty simple.
All the cat5's coming from the rooms get "punched" down onto a terminal block that has cat5 ports on it. Then all you do is plug a patch cable from your switch/router to whatever cable run you want active. Or something like that.

Here's my mess... frown.gif
The thing that is red in the photo is the port patch panel with the gray cat5e cable, I also used the cat5e for telephone runs.
I know it's a big mess of wires. lol
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Originally Posted by Aawa;15152413 
Patch panels are super easy to use. Just make sure to punch down the keystone ends to the same termination time on the patch panel (A terminations to A Patch Panel or B Terminations to B Patch Panel) Make sure to have a punch down tool for doing this as it makes it a lot easier to deal with.

Make sure to try to not run it right beside power lines. And if you should have to go across lighting ballists that you do it at a 90 degree angle and lifted off of it approx 18in if possible.

Great information, I will keep that in mind as well.
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Originally Posted by iSpark;15152445 
It's pretty simple.
All the cat5's coming from the rooms get "punched" down onto a terminal block that has cat5 ports on it. Then all you do is plug a patch cable from your switch/router to whatever cable run you want active. Or something like that.

Here's my mess... frown.gif
The thing that is red in the photo is the port patch panel with the gray cat5e cable, I also used the cat5e for telephone runs.
I know it's a big mess of wires. lol

That's my only worry that it will turn into a big mess. The wife would kill me and it would be better for my health to go wireless at that point.
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this is the cheapest place to buy 1000ft of wire http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=105&cp_id=10233 and for the wall jacks too
 
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