When moving to a new house, most people would likely to choose Wi-Fi to get the network as laying cable in the house is too complicated and makes room messy. But the wired network is faster and securer for internet access, file sharing, media streaming, online gaming and other things. So comparatively, the wired network is better than the wireless. Then how to wire your house with Ethernet cable? Check the following steps.
Step 1. Make a Full Plan
Before laying cable, your need to ask yourself several questions.
First, which room do you want to wire, in the living room, the bedroom, or kitchen? This may decide how long the Ethernet cable you need to buy.
Second, how many ports do you want in each location? As the wall plates in the market usually come into 1, 2, 4, and 6-jack configurations.
Third, what network speed you need? This question is to guide you to choose the switch and Ethernet cable.
Forth, what path should the cable take? This is the most difficult question but also important. If your house is single floor with basement, then you can choose the basement as the path. If your house is multistory, you can select to go outside. Anyway, attics, basements, air ducts, and crawl spaces are good options. It’s worth mentioning that you should take the cable length into the consideration since the max cable length for up to gigabit speeds over copper UTP cabling is 100 meters (or 300 feet). It’s wise to draw a sketch of your house and where your cable going to make your work operate more smoothly.
Step 2. Buy Materials and Tools
Now that you have finished the plan, you have to buy the materials you need. It’s better to buy all your needs from a qualified online store with fewer costs. The two tables below include some necessary products INFIBERONE.COM offers.
Step 3. Install the Wall Plates
Look at your sketch and find where to install the wall plates. First, line up and measure the size of the wall plate. Then draw the outlines on the wall to prepare for cutting the hole which is the most difficult during this process. And use a stud finder prior to make sure that you don’t hit a stud. Next step is to cut the hole. In this step, just leave the wall plates off.
Step 4. Run the Cable
Before running your cable, make a measurement to see the cable length for each run. You can measure from floor plans, run one, etc. If you run one cable to each room from the distribution room, gently pull it out and make other cable run like it. Then clear the path in the walls and drill holes. Once you have drilled the holes you can string out the cable and ensure no extra cable is tucked in the wall. After that, you can label cables on both ends and measure the exact cable length. Remember to leave spare cables for stripping and crimping.
Step 5. Connect the Cable to Jacks
Now you need to wire the active optical cable. Strip about one inch of the outer jacket off the cable and push the wires into the keystone jack to match the color code marked on it (T568A or T568B standards). Punch down the active optical cable to keystone jacks (or patch panel) with a punch down tool. After you have all the cables connected, you can click the jacks into the wall plates. At last, fix the wall plate on the wall with supplied screws.
Step 6. Test the Network
Once all cables are wired, test the network with network cable tester. If LEDs on the tester light up, it means the Ethernet plug is connected correctly. On the contrary, Ethernet plug is not connected right and you should check the Ethernet plug. After everything is prepared well, you can connect the network.
This article talks about detailed steps of wiring you house with Ethernet cable. You see it’s not too difficult to get a wired solution for home network. Would you like to have a try? You are suggested to buy materials and tools from www.infiberone.com/Product.html. For more information, please contact via firstname.lastname@example.org.