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Re: [Shop-talk] running ethernet wires

Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] running ethernet wires
From: David Hillman <>
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2009 14:30:19 -0400 (EDT)
On Tue, 7 Apr 2009, Wayne wrote:
> I'm still not a fan of wireless.  It's fast enough for web surfing (ie: 
> faster than your internet connection) but slow for bulk things, like 
> transferring that entire video file between machines, or doing backups.   I 
> get a solid 10MB/sec on 100-BT, and 25-70MB/sec on wired gigabit. It's also 
> unreliable, insecure, nonstandard, and dang it, I just don't like it.

    I won't turn this into a debate, but for the record, I watched most of 
the NCAA tournament streamed wirelessly to my laptop.  The TV-quality 
video never paused to buffer.  YMMV.  Also, my LAN never goes down, except 
when I have to reboot my cable modem because that connection died.  It's 
'secure enough' for my purposes, and anyone who doesn't shred all their 

    If it's good enough to put on commercial airplanes, it'll probably work 
in your house.

> Sorry, but Cat-5 came out in 1991 and is considered obsolete.  Cat-6e is 
> current and Cat-7 is proposed.  AT LEAST run high-grade wire -- it's the most 
> labor intensive part of the job.  You can buy cheap low-grade jacks and 
> replace them if better is needed.

    One could argue that cables are considered obsolete, or at least 
'non-standard', in a residential installation.  All of the office 
buildings in the park where I work run wireless, and so do both of the 
restaurants.  At least a half-dozen of my neighbors, do too.

  David Hillman
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