DIY Guide on Wiring Your Home Network
Using Ethernet Cables
When it comes to getting an internet connection in the new house, a wifi
connection is always preferred over wired networks. However, if you want
to have a faster and more secure Internet access, a wired network is a
better choice. For wiring the home network, you will need some good
quality Ethernet cables. Here’s a little do-it-yourself guide on how to go
❖ Work out a plan
Don’t directly go about laying cables. We need to take a systematic
approach here. Firstly, you need to target the room you are going to wire.
The length of the room will help you to decide upon the length of Ethernet
cable. Secondly, you need to work out the number of ports you need for the
location. The wall plates available for the ports have 1, 2, 4 and 6 jack
configurations. Thirdly, you need to decide the network speed. And last but
not the least; you have to decide the path that your cable will take. If you
have a multi-storeyed house, you can start from outside. In order to wire
your house smoothly, you must draw a rough sketch of your house.
❖ Purchase the required material
Now, it’s the time to order the materials you need. You can choose to order
online instead of going personally and haggling with the retailers. In order to
implement an internet cable you might need the following.
Cat 5e cable
❖ Fix the wall plates
Once you’ve figured out the location for fixing the wall plate, line it up and
measure its size. Then you can draw outlines on the wall. It is a little
complicated to punch a hole during this process. You can make use of stud
finder to ensure that you do not hit the stud. Thereafter you can cut the
hole and leave wall plates off.
❖ Set the cable
In order to run your cable, you need to check the cable length for each run.
Start running a cable to every room from the distribution room. Then gently
pull the cable out and run another cable in the same way. Drill holes in the
walls, pull the cable out and make sure that no cable remains inside the
wall. Thereafter, give labels to the cables and take the measurement of
cable length. Keep some extra cables for crimping and stripping.
❖ Attach cables with jacks
The next task is to wire the cables. Strip off one inch of outer jacket from the
cable and push wires into the keystone jack by matching the color code
which is marked on it. Then, use the punch down tool to punch the cables to
keystone jacks. Once the cables are connected, attach the jacks into wall
plates. And last but not the least, mount the plate on the wall by fixing it
❖ Check the network
After everything is fixed, it’s time to test the network with the help of
network cable tester. If LEDs on the tester start flashing, it is an indication
that the Ethernet plug is connected rightly. Connect the network if you feel
everything is in its place.
Establishing a wired network for home is not that difficult. And we have
simplified the wiring process for you. If you think the above procedure is too
lengthy or complicated, you can always hire a professional to set up the
internet connection for you.
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