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Well really I just want one jack from one side of the house to the other. Not really sure the best way to go around this, nor how to wire these jacks exactly. I guess I'm mostly looking to run a cat 6 or equivalent (fiber?) across the house so connections to my htpc and main rig aren't so bad (thinking like file transfers. I'm looking for a more modern guide I guess? I have no idea what to buy either :O

Thanks for the help in advance.
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cat5e will work just fine. fibre is definitely off the table unless you have tons to throw away - it's used for vertical and long distance running. What you need is a switch and enough cable to get the job done. I'd say get a spool and a crimper and learn to do it yourself (rather easy).
Tell us what you have right now so we can actually tell you what to do (ie, do you have a cable modem with multiple ports, a wireless router with extra ports, do you want only one jack and the rest wireless, etc).
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Making cat5 cables is super simple, the problem would be running them through the walls. Just need a spool of either cat5 or cat6, some heads, a crimper, and strong fingers.

Question is, are your u trying to eliminate wireless, setup each room for wired, etc?
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Save the money and effort and try a Gigabit Powerline Kit.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124447


If you're running just one line, it's not worth punching holes in the wall and all the startup costs for one line. If you wanted to run lines for the entire house, the consider wiring it up.


You'll need a CAT 5e spool, atleast two jacks CAT 5e or 6 keystones, at least two wall plates. A 110 punch down tool. Don't think crimpers are necessary unless you're making both ends male.

The wiring job you're already looking at a $100+ investment in materials, then calculate your labor and time.

Give the Powerline a shot first, if it doesn't work... return it.


If you do want to go down the wiring route, get your stuff at monoprice. Pretty much best pricing and just about every IT guy buys wiring from them.
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Here's a list of basic items. This does not include a low voltage wiring bracket (Link)and tools to cut out drywall etc.

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Usually you'd want a patch panel in a centralized location, and then run all of your wall jacks to that.

If you're looking to run wire in the walls you might as well run Cat6a to support 10 gigabit in the years to come. You could probably get away with a jack-to-jack install and put a switch on each end but it may limit your flexibility.

Usually you'd need a punchdown tool and follow the "B" wiring diagram on the jack.
http://www.handymanhowto.com/2009/01/19/how-to-install-an-ethernet-jack-for-a-home-network/
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cat5e will work just fine. fibre is definitely off the table unless you have tons to throw away - it's used for vertical and long distance running. What you need is a switch and enough cable to get the job done. I'd say get a spool and a crimper and learn to do it yourself (rather easy).
Tell us what you have right now so we can actually tell you what to do (ie, do you have a cable modem with multiple ports, a wireless router with extra ports, do you want only one jack and the rest wireless, etc).
Right now just an old dsl modem with a linksys e3000 and possibly 3 open ports on it. I'm just looking to do a female to female jack (at least that's what I think)? I guess I could go all out, but if I were to do that I might just pawn off the work to someone else, but I'm interested in learning this. The thing is we don't have fios or anything great here in terms of speed, if we did then I could see going all out, but there aren't any plans either and I doubt we will see something come in and kick verizon and time warners butt.
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Making cat5 cables is super simple, the problem would be running them through the walls. Just need a spool of either cat5 or cat6, some heads, a crimper, and strong fingers.
Question is, are your u trying to eliminate wireless, setup each room for wired, etc?
Nope, just trying to wire two rooms together. Mainly just for file transfer from my htpc to my main rig. speaking of that I need to update my sig.

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Save the money and effort and try a Gigabit Powerline Kit.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124447
If you're running just one line, it's not worth punching holes in the wall and all the startup costs for one line. If you wanted to run lines for the entire house, the consider wiring it up.
You'll need a CAT 5e spool, atleast two jacks CAT 5e or 6 keystones, at least two wall plates. A 110 punch down tool. Don't think crimpers are necessary unless you're making both ends male.
The wiring job you're already looking at a $100+ investment in materials, then calculate your labor and time.
Give the Powerline a shot first, if it doesn't work... return it.
If you do want to go down the wiring route, get your stuff at monoprice. Pretty much best pricing and just about every IT guy buys wiring from them.

No I'm thinking about making them both female, not sure if that's the way to go. I may pick this up, I do have free return shipping from shoprunner.
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Here's a list of basic items. This does not include a low voltage wiring bracket (Link)and tools to cut out drywall etc. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Thank you very much, that list does open up my eyes. I figured it would be around this much
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No problem!

As mentioned before by another poster, it would be best to have a central location where all the wiring comes in (ie - a basement).



Wiring your house up with Ethernet is a great investment to any house if it's done correctly. I would also go suggest going CAT 6 instead of 5e for improved scalability in the future. If you would like some diagrams of examples, I'll be more than happy to share!
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Just to note when pulling the wire... use gravity as and aid lol its a lot easier to fish the wire down instead of up. i usually get a clothes hanger and unfold it and tie off the cable to it but you will have to cut a little bit of the cable that is tied to it as it will b useless after the tie down to the hanger. this will make it easier to fish. Good luck!
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Just to note when pulling the wire... use gravity as and aid lol its a lot easier to fish the wire down instead of up. i usually get a clothes hanger and unfold it and tie off the cable to it but you will have to cut a little bit of the cable that is tied to it as it will b useless after the tie down to the hanger. this will make it easier to fish. Good luck!
You could have used a string like a shoe lace or twine to tie it.
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