Networking a House
April 28, 2014 1:56 PM Subscribe
How I should network my house? I understand the basics of running cables, punch-down blocks, patch panels, jacks, network switches, etc. What I don't understand is how to put all of these together in a way that gives me what I want. Details inside.
posted by Betelgeuse to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
As a result of a fire in our house, we had the opportunity to run new wires. I took this opportunity to make sure that coax, network cable, and phone cable (the last two are both Cat-5) were run to a bunch of different places.
With the coax, I know basically what to do - buy a splitter (or a bunch of splitters) and send the cable signal to all of the jacks (although I welcome any suggestions on how to do this well as opposed to just buying a bunch of splitters).
With the phone, I know in theory what I want to do (wire all the phone lines together), but don't know what hardware I need or what I should buy (a punch-down block, presumably, but is there one made just for phones?). Is this any different for the newly-run wires (Cat-5) and the older existing wires (Cat-3), which need to be wired together?
With the network cables, should I just get a patch panel and a network switch and wire those up?
Finally, what have I not thought of that I'm going to wish I thought of before I bought a bunch of equipment?