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Running CAT5e or6 Cables in House Need to make sure I am on the right track.

Hello,
My wife is getting a work from home job that requires a wired network cable connection to her laptop and her office is on the other side of the house where the cable modem is located. Lucky for me we have a basement with easy access to the underfloor where the room is located.

I am planning on adding a wall jack near the cable modem and wiring it and running it up through the wall where her desk is located and wiring the other end into a jack that will be installed on that wall. Then a patch cable with two RJ45 connectors from the wall jack to a port in the router.

Question: Does it make any sense to use CAT 6 cable when my router is only gig speeds, I may get a faster router some day but there is no need for more than gig local speeds. It doesn't make any difference as far as internet speed since we only get 100 mbps internet speeds. Even considering that is there any future reason we would want CAT 6 speeds?

Question: Is there anything wrong with a Lowes or Home Depot type installation kit with crimpers and connectors, wires etc.? Not for a business office but it does need to be reliable.

Question: With CAT5e or CAT6 do I need to be careful what the wire comes in contact with? I think I have a pretty clean shot but it may need to cross over metal duct work unless that will cause a issue. If metal duct work will be a problem is there a conduit I can run it through that will shield it from any problems? or is there a certain distance to keep it away without any issues?


Do you have any other advice for a home setup  like this that I should consider? I might go ahead and install a 12 port patch down panel for future cable runs but I will have to get a much bigger router to use it since I only have one port open now.
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Kevin PopeGlobal Infrastructure ManagerCommented:
Hi!

If you have the opportunity to run Cat6 ... run it. With the way things are progressing it wont be long until we all have GoogleFiber or something like it.

As for the lowes / HD install kits .. NO .. for what you are doing there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with them... Some people will tell you to buy everything separately or to buy "professional" gear ... ya ... no... it is fine for a few connections in your house.

Tips ... yes - always .. ALWAYS assume you screwed up and test test test before you do a final mount. Leave about 6-8" curled at the jack, and about 1 or more feet at the panel. Be consistent in the cable types, and take your time ...

Not many people run cable in their house anymore .. Congrats on being a rebel!
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
1. Yes, use the faster cable for later.

2. Any decent hardware/electronics store will have good crimpers. That is where I get mine

3. You said you had open access. Use readily available plastic cable stays and just route away from metal pipes and ducts. I drill holes at appropriate places if I need to cross joists.  1 inch or 3/4 plastic conduit works where needed. I use that inside a closet to get upstairs.

4. I work carefully but as noted, leave yourself slack to make a new end on both ends if needed.
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REIUSAAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the feedback.

John Hurst,
Will the plastic conduit pipe allow me to run near metal duct work where the conduit makes contact with the metal? If not I will find an alternate route around a certain area. With the conduit what is the closest it can get to the metal duct work?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes. CAT 5 / 6 are twisted pairs and that cancels out interference and there is space in the conduit - especially 1 inch.

I try to keep Ethernet an inch or two away from duct work.
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masnrockCommented:
Question: Does it make any sense to use CAT 6 cable when my router is only gig speeds, I may get a faster router some day but there is no need for more than gig local speeds. It doesn't make any difference as far as internet speed since we only get 100 mbps internet speeds. Even considering that is there any future reason we would want CAT 6 speeds?
Yes, might as well future proof yourself. You might not have the equipment today, but it will pay of fin the long run.

Question: Is there anything wrong with a Lowes or Home Depot type installation kit with crimpers and connectors, wires etc.? Not for a business office but it does need to be reliable.
No, it's about the quality of the work done. Their stuff is pretty decent. I have things from those stores.

Question: With CAT5e or CAT6 do I need to be careful what the wire comes in contact with? I think I have a pretty clean shot but it may need to cross over metal duct work unless that will cause a issue. If metal duct work will be a problem is there a conduit I can run it through that will shield it from any problems? or is there a certain distance to keep it away without any issues?
Duct work is generally not an issue, but you ideally don't want to be in direct contact with it either. I've done it and not had issues without conduit, but I'd recommend playing it safe.

Do you have any other advice for a home setup  like this that I should consider? I might go ahead and install a 12 port patch down panel for future cable runs but I will have to get a much bigger router to use it since I only have one port open now.
You won't need to necessarily get a bigger router, you can just get an appropriately sized switch (12 or 24 port). Ideally get a smart one, as managed switches cost far more.
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REIUSAAuthor Commented:
Thanks this helps me get on  the right track.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and I was happy to help you.
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Tina PendletonCommented:
CAT 6 cable is giving you 10 Gigabit network, and it is backbone from the router to switches. You need RJ45 connector tool for all cables will use rj45 end plug into the computer and switches or router.
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