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Tools and supplies needed to setup home ethernet [R]1 year, 1 month agoZephyrPro posted submission on HomeNetworking.
April 7, 2018
Sorry for creating so many threads, but the other one was cluttered and I wanted to focus this on what I'll actually need to buy in order to convert my home phone jacks into ethernet ports.
The setup that I'm planning on is to directly connect my modem (SB6141) to the coax drop line (in the basement), connect the modem to my router (RT-N66U), then my router to a switch. The switch will then be connected via patch cables to a patch panel and the patch panel will connect to the 7 cables that lead to different rooms in my house. I already have cables to connect my modem to router and router to switch. I have a WR-802N that I can use as an access point on the upper floors and I'm assuming that I can use the RT-N66U for wireless connection in the basement.
So assuming that I have no previous tools/supplies except a flat-head screwdriver, here's the list I created for what I need to buy:
- 2 x 5-pack Keystone Wall Plate
- 10-pack RJ45 Punch-Down Keystones
- 12-port Cat6 Patch Panel
- Punch-Down Tool 110 Blade
- 10-pack 5ft Cat6A Patch Cables (updated thanks to u/applythrottle)
- 8-port Gigabit Switch
So I just have a few questions before I pull the trigger:
Some of the stuff I'm purchasing is labeled "Cat6" but my house is wired with Cat5e, there shouldn’t be any compatibility issues right?
Are there any other useful tools or supplies that I should get? (or is there anything on my list I don't need?)
I only chose an 8-port switch because it's way cheaper and I'll have exactly 8 cables connected to it for now. If I decide to add more cables in the future I could just buy another 8-port switch and have two switches connected to the router right?
Thank you to everyone who has helped me so far, I've learned a lot from this subreddit!
April 8, 2018
I found this tool https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E58M5EG that says it has a “BK blade.” From the pictures the BK looks exactly like a Krone blade to me though and after googling I wasn’t able to find any other tools with BK blades. Is it safe to assume it’s just Krone with a different name?
Dude, buy a punch tool. [R]1 year, 4 months agosomeomega posted submission on techsupportgore.
Dec. 29, 2017
Dec. 29, 2017
Just got a new home, first time owning a basement. Wanting to start pondering the setup of utilizing some space down there as my central command for a home network [R]1 year, 9 months agoI_will_draw_boobs posted submission on homelab.
Aug. 20, 2017
I don't have anything sketched out, nor have I purchased any equipment yet. This was a well taken care of home, the basement is very dry (for what a basement can be). It's 12 years old.
I've been running pfsense on an older laptop..and thinking of upgrading to an actual pfsense unit or similar that is low voltage and quiet. I use my Netgear Nighthawk, which was originally my router, as an access point now. There is a central box in the basement that seems to handle all the phone line cables and coax. I know there are two CAT5 ports in the home I am aware of...1 in the office and 1 near the kitchen. Now, it's 12 years old, I assume this is cat 5 vs cat5e. I have yet to investigate whether these are controlled from that box in the basement, and whether it would be worth re-running new cat5e or cat6 cable to replace them...I just don't know how much effort/trouble that would be. Ideally, I'd love to have my pfsense router and Comcast (ugh) modem down in the basement, in even if its a small rack. I have an Intel Nuc I run Plex Media Server on that has an external HDD connected.
I realize this post is vague on details and I apologize, but genuinely open to suggestions from anyone who has been in a similar situation and wanting to take advantage of a new setup/layout.
Edit - Just took some pics. Here they are. It appears it's CAT5e! http://imgur.com/a/diQuA
I just read about the Netgear Orbi. Worth it? Instead of running my Nighthawk somewhere on the 2nd level? It seems, based on this diagram...the cat5e runs into several rooms.
Are these good to go as is..or do I need to add something to them to become active? I ask..because I don't have my xfinity working yet. In the 3rd picture, the grey cable is labeled "kitchen" but noticed there are no wires next to it..does that mean it doesn't have an active cat5e connection?
Aug. 21, 2017
Sorry if I'm confusing you. I'm pretty jacked up on coffee right now haha.
So yes, tone each port on that panel before you remove the wires with this Tool. After you have each blue cat 5 labeled, not the grays, you can save the grays to patch between the switch and the new panel actually, you use your punch down to pull the wires out with the hook part. With everything out, repunch the wires into the patch panel, making sure the pattern matches whats on the wall plate. A punch down tool like this one is nice but not required, to get the wires into the terminals. These are nice because it takes off the excess wire, but a knife can do this fine as well.
As for your last question. I would run up the studs if you could. Then you have a nice plate at the end at the wall. You could even get a multi port jack so you can plug all your items into that and have those go into a separate vlan on the switch.
Wiring old house for ethernet, am I missing anything [R]1 year, 11 months agoottoguy82 posted submission on HomeNetworking.
May 31, 2017
I am planning on wiring my house for ethernet and I wanted to post here and see if I was forgetting anything before I go buying stuff.
I will be running maybe 5 or 6 lines in the house and with my best rough estimation the longest run would be 25-40 meters. I know this is a large gap in length but the way my house is leveled, with walls lining up and different height attics, may cause some issues in wiring path once I start the operation.
Wall plates: https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-1-Port-Keystone-Insert/dp/B0072JVTZ2/ref=pd_sim_147_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0072JVTZ2&pd_rd_r=MJ2XKDPXJJE6CCCJZRZT&pd_rd_w=mtoyk&pd_rd_wg=t3pcm&psc=1&refRID=MJ2XKDPXJJE6CCCJZRZT
Am I missing anything, are any of these bad products that you wouldn't recommend? Any feedback at all would be greatly appreciated.
May 31, 2017
If you plan to do wireless access points you can use a poe switch to power them. With a managed switch rebooting the access point is as easy as turning the port on and off from the switch management. Always run 2 cables at least to each location. You will always find more things to plug in.
You will need a punch down tool for the keystones. Also to make it correct you should have a patch panel at the switch location to terminate the cables. punch down toolPatch PanelPatch Panel mounting bracket
Cat6 keystone issue [R]2 years, 5 months agoJmullin5 posted submission on networking.
Dec. 11, 2016
Hello I have a dumb question. I am trying to put a keystone connector on and it does not seem to cut the wire when pushed. I have rebuilt it what seems like a dozen times with 2 different jacks. I am using a spring loaded push down tool.
I know my wire is good as it works fine if I put a standard male connector on. When I examine the failed wires, it's clear the insulation isn't cut, just smashed.
Any pointers? I am pulling my hair out!
UPDATE: I decided to lick my wounds and just buy one one these, I can make the male connections without issues. https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-Keystone-Line-Coupler/dp/B00WKPK1B6/ref=sr_1_15?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1481508850&sr=1-15&keywords=female+to+female+cat+6 thanks for all your help.
How do I complete network? [R]2 years, 6 months agozdiggler posted submission on techsupport.
Nov. 7, 2016
I got some work done on my house recently and when rewiring it took the opportunity to network the place. I'm a couple of rooms I have one cable with no jack sticking out the wall.
What am I best doing here? Putting it into a port, and connecting via a cable or just sticking the jack on the end and put it into the computer
In the tv room where all the 4 cables converge and the cable router is, I've more cables than there are ports available as I'm using some for tv and consoles. So do I put each cable into a port and then cable them into a switch which goes to the router? Or again just stick jacks on the end and plug them into the switch.
Main concern is I don't want the cable to get yanked and rip out all the plaster.
Any help would be appreciated.
Nov. 7, 2016
punch down tool.