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Topic # 226065 19-Dec-2017 08:42
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So I've decided I'm going to use this time off over the Christmas break to finally sort out my home network. I'm on a VDSL connection at the moment which I'm pretty happy with (~65Mb down, 25Mb up) so looking to maximise that until Fibre comes along in early 2019.

 

I have the following already that I will use

 

-  ISP Supplied HG659. No need to change it as it does everything I need for now

 

-  24 port gigabit switch

 

-  Unifi AP AC-Pro

 

-  Al old rack/cabinet that I can use in the garage

 

-  Plenty of cable ties!

 

My house is on stumps so I have a pretty good crawl space underneath to run cable. Main priorities are to run cat-6 to the living room and a spare bedroom where my gaming consoles are located. I want all my streaming boxes and consoles wired leaving only phones, tablets and laptops using the wireless. 

 

 

 

Do I have everything covered in this shopping cart or is there something I'm missing? Appreciate your help. 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1921629 19-Dec-2017 09:15
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if you care about aesthetics, I would get PDL wall plates and get keystone to PDL adapters.  Those wallplates have the screws visible, which I find ugly.  But thats only if you care what they look like :)

 

 

 

Are you just running 6 cables?  If its just 6, i might be tempted to just buy fixed length cables, and use male to male adapters.   Otherwise if you dont have a network cable tester, youre going to need one (only about $10).  

 

My last house I ran raw cat6 cables, with 46 cables, so 92 times I had to wire them up.  New house with 60 odd, I just bought a bunch of 10m, 15m, 20m, 25m cat6A cables and saved myself the drama of wiring them all up.


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  Reply # 1921706 19-Dec-2017 09:41
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you will also need patch cables, and i do agree with pre-made cables can make things a lot easier




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  Reply # 1921799 19-Dec-2017 11:19
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Thanks for the feedback so far.

 

 

 

Yes, I will need patch cables. I will be running at least 10 lengths to start with. 4 outlets in the living room for TV and associated streaming boxes, 6 outlets to the spare bedroom (4 to one end where the TV and consoles are and 2 to the other where the PC is housed). I'll compare the cost difference of pre-made vs raw cables, pre-made sounds much easier and I guess I could then do without the patch panel and plug directly into the switch?


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  Reply # 1921801 19-Dec-2017 11:24
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sorry, thought the patch panel was just a blank one, thats why i thought you were doing only 6 cables.  

 

My personal setup is blank panels, and i just put male to male cat6 adapters in them and plug the cables into that.  I do this mostly to keep things tidy and know what is what (each room has its own section on the panels).  I know each time you join cables it will slow them down and deteriorate the signal, but i figured premade wires and adapters would do a better job that I would and i havent noticed any performance issues.  Go premade wires just made things so much easier.    And i put conduit piping in all my walls where the network cables go through, so I can easily upgrade them in the future if needed, or add additional plugs.

 

 

 

I bought all my stuff from ebay etc, much cheaper, more choices, but you obviously have to wait longer for it. 


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  Reply # 1922069 19-Dec-2017 16:49
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I'm currently updating my punch down panel to unloaded, much easier to make changes changes. Things you learn.

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  Reply # 1922104 19-Dec-2017 18:51
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Senecio:

 

So I've decided I'm going to use this time off over the Christmas break to finally sort out my home network. I'm on a VDSL connection at the moment which I'm pretty happy with (~65Mb down, 25Mb up) so looking to maximise that until Fibre comes along in early 2019.

 

 

Out of interest (and because I can only get 34 down and 10 up) where you are located e.g. Mt Eden, Auckland (picked at random). How far are you from a cabinet or exchange (I am no tech. geek).





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Net: Draytek Vigor 130 Modem (VDSL) in bridge mode to Ubiquiti Edgerouter Lite-3, 2 x Grandstream GWN7610
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  Reply # 1922197 19-Dec-2017 22:08
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im getting 70/30 and im about 60m from the cabinet, this is in Mangere Bridge in Auckland




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  Reply # 1922378 20-Dec-2017 10:04
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alisam:

 

Out of interest (and because I can only get 34 down and 10 up) where you are located e.g. Mt Eden, Auckland (picked at random). How far are you from a cabinet or exchange (I am no tech. geek).

 

 

I'm in Titirangi (Glen Eden side). No idea how far from a cabinet I am sorry, can't be far for those speeds.


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