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My wife and I close on our house this week, and the first thing I will do before we move in is to hardwire the house. Here's my plan. I want to have network box on an internal wall (similar to a breaker box), so that when I'm installing the wires and dropping cables, I won't have to worry about insulation. I need help from you all naming the parts that I need. I honestly don't know what to call some of the parts, so I'm having a hard time googling my thoughts. Also let me know what I'm missing. Thank you all very much for reading/helping out with this.

Things I Own:
- Cat5e cable (500ft)
- Crimper
- Couplers
- Drywall tools (for cutting)
- Faceplates (not yet, but I know what these are, lol)

Things I need:
- In-wall "box", like a breaker box to run the wires to.
- I'm assuming I don't need a switch, but rather some sort of ethernet connection box. I don't know what I'm talking about, but it looks like a black bar that you wire each cable into (uncoupled)?
- Anything else? You all know better than I do.

Anyway, point is, I can drop the cables and wire the outlets. I just need to figure out the connection part. I'm also not running power to the 'box', so I'll have one line reserved specifically for the modem in a random part of the house.
Edited by greydor - 4/9/11 at 1:25pm
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You generally run any house wiring to a patch panel in a closet/server-room-somewhere, and from there connect to a switch. You don't HAVE to have a patch panel and can simply terminate the ends into a switch directly, but it will be more of a PITA if you ever need to change equipment or move things around.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812998069&cm_re=patch_panel-_-12-998-069-_-Product

Would also need one of these if you take this route:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16899888402&cm_re=punch_down-_-99-888-402-_-Product
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patch panel as suggested is good idea to have.

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i do this almost every day at work, and i can say straight away that a patch panel is a must.

you'll also need a punchdown tool, but they may be called something else in america

you getting shielded or unshielded cable?
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Originally Posted by beers;13063816 
You generally run any house wiring to a patch panel in a closet/server-room-somewhere, and from there connect to a switch. You don't HAVE to have a patch panel and can simply terminate the ends into a switch directly, but it will be more of a PITA if you ever need to change equipment or move things around.

Awesome. Thank you for the help. However, out of curiosity, why would I use a patch panel and then go to a switch? Wouldn't the patch panel just act as a pass-through? I've never had to research this until now, haha.
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Originally Posted by skitzogreg;13063898 
Awesome. Thank you for the help. However, out of curiosity, why would I use a patch panel and then go to a switch? Wouldn't the patch panel just act as a pass-through? I've never had to research this until now, haha.

The major difference has to do with traffic/performance. A patch panel has no "intelligence". It's simply a connector meaning if you were to reroute some of the wiring in the future, you would save yourself a massive amount of hassle.
Edited by Noctizzle - 4/9/11 at 1:48pm
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Originally Posted by Noctizzle;13063890 
you getting shielded or unshielded cable?

I'm actually not sure if it's shielded or not. I've attached my spool and UPC info in pictures. Let me know if you can tell if it is or isn't.

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post #8 of 16
And a Labeler to label all the cables you will need that if you ever have to go back into the closet or box. IMO. cause tracing back a wire can turn into a mess
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I will give you a few tips and or parts for it i helped my dad do their 2 story house + basement wired took a few months to do

http://www.homedepot.com/Electrical-Voice-Data-Communications-Connectors-Adapters-Splitters/h_d1/N-5yc1vZbm2t/R-100136276/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053


multiple 4-8 port cat 5e punch down blocks home depot has these [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-47605-C5B-Category-Module-Bracket/dp/B000U3DXM4"]Amazon.com: Leviton 47605-C5B Category 5 Voice and Data Module 6-Port, Bracket: Home Improvement[/ame]

while your at it consider pulling lan lines (phone) and TV cable so to have a 3 wire bundle at each outlet.

tryint to describe what to do is tough so here's how we did it long ago see image

so from the attic you can hook up in this example up to 4 line to anywhere in the house from the punch down block or drop 2 lines to the basement and branch out from there. Add 1 or 2 switches and keep going crazy to rooms with network.

Looks like he has non shielded wire that is fine for the average consumer home owner for businesses and areas of large machinery shielded would be recomended.
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only thing i can tell from that is that its a riser type -(the cmr)
Riser type cables are engineered to prevent the spread of fire from floor to floor or something, im not really sure if thats shielded or not, as its a slightly different format from british stuff.

In all honesty i just finished wiring my current work offices with Cat5e to VGA... sounds crazy but honest to god it works.

saved my company something like 600 metres of cable, loads of money and time too. Just sharing ideas lol

http://www.electronics-lab.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/hd15torj45.png
Edited by Noctizzle - 4/9/11 at 2:04pm
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