Dos and Don’ts of Cable Routing (Part 1)



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Why stop at Cat5e when you can run Cat6a and be ready for 10 Gigabit network? I'm running Cat6a and plan on running a Gigabit Switch for now until 10 Gigabit Switches are cheeper. Bottom line, I only want to run cable once!



I have a functional Gigabit network also. Cat5e was double plumbed to each room for a total of 6 jacks in three rooms. I'm waiting on wiring my living room and kitchen 'till I go through a remodel. It's going to be 1 more year as I just don't need it right now, and all funds are planned for my wedding.

My home run is in the Garage, and I am in the process of dedicating an S3 "on Demand" file server. We'll see how that goes...

I found the hardest part of wiring my house (it wasn't that hard) was being confident of where to drill. Drilling into a finished house tends to cause a little apprehension for most people.

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When I rewired my house I made the mistake of under estimating the number of jacks I was going to use in a room. I now have a switch in that room to accommodate the extra devices.

The lesson to be learned is you are better off over wiring a room than under wiring.



A couple of things. First, don't assume you can make up your own wiring scheme for terminating. I made the mistake of thinking I could. I had to go back and change it to 568A (you could also use 568B). The point is, just because both ends are terminated the same doesn't mean they will work for Ethernet. It was a lesson learned the hard way. Also, try not to mix brands of terminations. It is easy to flip the scheme 180 degrees by accident.

While you are running cat5e, coax, etc... why not run fiber. I don't have any current use for fiber, but while remodeling my family room, I ran fiber to 25% of the jacks; just in case.



I think most high quality Cat 5e runs can run gigabit speeds without an issue. Since this installation is brand new and looks pretty professional in staying away from power sources and other inteference, I don't think he would have a problem running gigabit if he wanted. Also, even multimedia streaming works pretty well at 100mbps.



As much as I like overkill, I decided not to go with Cat6 because I'm building in a rural area and don't think I'll ever get fiber to my curb (I'll likely get a curb first--right now, there's just a drainage ditch running alongside the street.

Cat5e should enable me to run a gigabit network, which should be plenty for streaming audio and video.



D Waterhouse

To make it really future proof, shouldn't you have used CAT6 cable for the data? I'm pretty sure that you need CAT6 for gigabit ethernet, and I don't think it's much more expensive.

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