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post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by Dnic41;15152473 
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.

4 cat5e runs to each room is going to be a lot of cable hanging. :0
I guess it depends on how many rooms though...lol

My patch panel is 12 ports and it's full, I actually have two runs just hanging free willy style.
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If you do decide to go wireless, you can set your router as a base station, then have ap's with wired connections to pc's and devices in each room. I'll admit, when I set it up at home it drove me nuts for a day or two, then I finaly got it and was cake afterwards when I set the device up in the room I needed it in.
As for OP, best time to run cat5 is during a remodel when the walls are open.... that way, when you get the rooms wired to the switch point, you can hide the "mess" of cables in the wall and only have what you need coming through to connect to your switch.
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this is the cheapest place to buy 1000ft of wire http://www.monoprice.com/products/su...05&cp_id=10233 and for the wall jacks too
Yup was already bookmarking the items I need from there. Was planning on getting the wall boxes and maybe even the plates from local hardware store.
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instead of fishtape you could use string and a weight.

If there is insulation in the way, you could use a glow rod.
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

its you have existing jacks or plates with a box in the back, you can put your new port jacks attached to the box easily, but fishing becomes more difficult. if there is existing line there you can attach string to it and pull it up.

definitaly buy your jacks and such from monoprice.com dont do home depot or lowes, its really expensive. if you have a Graybar in the area, they have good prices on quality items
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If you do decide to go wireless, you can set your router as a base station, then have ap's with wired connections to pc's and devices in each room. I'll admit, when I set it up at home it drove me nuts for a day or two, then I finaly got it and was cake afterwards when I set the device up in the room I needed it in.
As for OP, best time to run cat5 is during a remodel when the walls are open.... that way, when you get the rooms wired to the switch point, you can hide the "mess" of cables in the wall and only have what you need coming through to connect to your switch.
I currently have a D-Link router in the office and D-Link Bridge setup for the HTPC in the living room. I'm just not sure how strong the signal will be in our new house and I always thought it would be nice to run wired to all rooms when I bought a house.
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Dnic41, i read that the extra cost of cat 6 will pay off as more and more applications are using the bandwidth such as streaming media. in your case it is ideal since it will be installed during the construction of the house. i saw they are selling 1000 ft of cat6 for $170. i am not sure of the quality, though.
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im an electrician and i have done more than a few media network installations. Consider looking for a media center. preferably one with a punch block to be the source of the network. You can come to the modem first with your incoming internet, then branch out with dedicated wires to each data location, by using the outgoing cat 5e to supply the media center. Locating the media center centrally will save save you BIG on wire, although you might have to reroute/ replace your incoming internet line. For cable internet, having an non-split source wire makes a massive difference on your bandwidth quality. So consider running a new catv back to the supply drop as well, if you are indeed using cable internet.
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If you're going to put cable in the walls, I'd highly suggest category 6 instead of 5e. Not much more expensive (if at all), and it has more headroom for the future (or if you decide to use it to run video instead of data down the line).
 
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Powerline av is another solution that isnt wireless. Uses power outlets as a way to communicate with the router. But it is expensive.
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post #20 of 25
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Guess I wasn't clear with this part, while a new home, it has indeed already been built.

I have the Media Files on an ESXi server that is running WHS as one of the VM's. Thinking about putting the server in the garage vs. the office.

Didn't even think about using Cat6, good point.
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