[Shop-talk] running ethernet wires
jibjib at att.net
Tue Apr 7 23:56:31 MDT 2009
I'll second David' suggestion for www.monoprice.com. Excellent source.
I'll also second his suggestion to buy the patch cables, especially from a
patch panel to a switch.
Wired versus wireless: We can run the same video file from our home server
onto two wireless desktop machines just fine, but when I back anything up
and it goes wireless instead of wired, the difference is apparent. Wired,
even 100 Mbps, blows wireless away in the data transfer arena. I will be
wiring the house shortly using Gigabit (1,000 Mbps) switches. Wireless is
not even in the same league.
From: shop-talk-bounces at autox.team.net
[mailto:shop-talk-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of David Scheidt
Sent: Tuesday, April 07, 2009 10:08 AM
To: Mark Andy
Cc: shop-talk at autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] running ethernet wires
On Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 12:18 PM, Mark Andy <mark at sccaprepared.com> wrote:
> I need a higher speed network connection from my office (where my 'server'
> pc lives) to the living room (where my PS3 lives) to stream video, etc.
> Is there anything magical or to watch out for in terms of running
> ethernet wires, or is it a trip to Lowes/HD to buy some ethernet
> cable, some connectors / baseboard plates, and a cheapo crimper?
> Even if I get energetic and run wires to other rooms, I'm probably
> going to be running < 10 wires.
> I know I need switches etc. to connect to the network. I'm fine with
> that stuff. B Its the "how do I connect an RJ-whatever connector to
> the ethernet cable and what spec ethernet cable do I want" part I
> could use some advice on, if its not going to be obvious at Lowes/HD.
If you're doing fixed wiring, with jacks in wall plates, this is a
reasonable way to go. (Though you'll pay a substantial premium for buying
from the Borg.) If what you're planning on doing is running patch cables,
then do yourself a favor, and buy them. They're as cheap as buying the wire
and connectors, or even cheaper; they're done by machine, so they're loads
more reliable. And, if you're doing fixed wiring, buy your patch cables.
Resist the temptation to buy them from the Borg or an electronics Borg, and
you'll save a bunch of money.
I get most of my small quantity cabling from http://www.monoprice.com these
days. very good prices, shipping charges that reflect reality, and fast
dmscheidt at gmail.com
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