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Wireless Networks Thread, wiring a new house in Technical; I am hoping to get the wisdom of the crowd on how to best network my new house? I have ...
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    wiring a new house

    I am hoping to get the wisdom of the crowd on how to best network my new house?

    I have done a significant amount of cat 5/6 cabling in the school I work down through the years. However, there aren't going to be wires nailed to the walls of my new house as there are in some of my classrooms :-)

    So what approach would folk recommend, in particular routing cables to each room?

    Thanks,

    Chris

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    Don't you need to be a qualified sparky nowdays?

    Edit: I googled and I'm not 100% correct. The rules are outlined here.

    http://www.diynot.com/wiki/electrics...rk_and_the_law
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    not for CAT5/6!

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    Aggghh CAT5 tis a dangerous cable!

    What's wrong with trunking all over the place anyway!

    Only thing I can think of without it being a huge jobs is to tack the cable to the top of the skirting board and paint them both the same colour. It's what I did anyway. You hardly notice it if you do a nice neat job :-)

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    Ever thought of not wiring - use home-plug instead? Just a thought.

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    when our house was rewired i had some put in. I just have the network cable going to sockets around the house, they then come to a series of double sockets in the cellar. Then they are connected to a switch.

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    In my house, they are trunked up and it looks like a nice neat job. I have also painted the trunking to match the Walls for good measure. However initially the cables were tacked to the skirting boards and painted to match and nobody noticed!

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    A mate of mine has been redoing his house for the past year on the weekends. Last weekend i spent some time laying down on the floors pulling cables though the old electric runs as he is a sparky and had rewired the house. He now has a network point in all bedrooms going to the living room where his media centre is going to be.

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    Is there a reason you need wired cabling in the house? Why not install Wireless N AP's?

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    Definitely don't need to be a sparky for this!
    Few ways of doing it - go the whole hog and get it all plumbed in properly. Find somewhere to house your switch and patch panel, basement/attic may well be ideal as long as it's not too damp
    You can often do the whole thing with very little choppy choppy - is there a gap between skirting and floor? Very common with floating floor construction (although unlikely your house is) and you can often literally tuck cables in under the skirting board.
    Do you have coving on the ceilings? Also a very good way of hiding cables, it's typically only a foam/polystyrene type stuff and easy to chop into without it looking obvious.
    Do you have many telephone points? Are they cabled with conduits in the walls? Always enough room for a good 2 or 3 lengths of cat5/6 in with those.

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    Going around the outside can be the easist/vlaue for money/neatness method -but only works in a semi or fully detached dwelling (but you can go via the loft to drop dow n the other side if in a terraced house

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    Is Cat 5/6 durable enough to be outside? thought about doing this myself but didnt think the out sheathing was strong enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Is there a reason you need wired cabling in the house? Why not install Wireless N AP's?
    Becouse i got fedup of having to reboot eveything at home when the wireless messed up for the Nth time for no apparent reasion. We now have cabel in all rooms that need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    Is Cat 5/6 durable enough to be outside? thought about doing this myself but didnt think the out sheathing was strong enough
    Im sure cat6 should be ok for outside use, though i know for a fact you can buy special outside cat6 cable from cablemonkey.co.uk, thats where we got some of ours from for work. Its like a tougher outer sleave that will with stand all the elements.

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