I'll try and use the correct terminology where I can but forgive me if I get some words/meanings wrong. I've been reading up about networks/cabling/protocols etc since we moved to our new place almost a year ago. I've now finally got some time to do something about it, (and I need to do it quick before baby number 2 gets here and time vanishes again!)
Here's the current situation. The house is a medium sized, single story 3 bedroom place, concrete block with concrete roof tiles, and a seperate garage built in the late 70's. The floor is concrete but there is space in the roof. There are 4 telephone jacks, standard BT ones. One in the kitchen, one in the master bedroom, one in another bedroom, and one out in the garage. The demarc point is in the kitchen. A cable runs up into the roof where small plastic clips connect the wires of all the phone jacks and the cables run off in their respective directions. We had Chorus around soon after we moved in to get rid of a buzz, (which has slowly returned incidently) and they found a join outside that had moisture in it which they replaced with new cable. The guy who came was unable to determine exactly where and how the cable enters the house as it just seems to pop up at the kitchen, there was no sign of it anywhere in the roof.
I want to replace all the phone cables. I know that I can get over 6Mbps when I connect the modem directly to the demarc point with all other jacks disconnected, but only just over 2 Mbps everywhere else in the house so somewhere I'm guessing there's some intereferance. I'm wanting to do some experimenting with servers and networks so my plan was to replace all the phone cables (some look pretty old) and while I'm there run cables for data. I'd also add some additional data cable runs to other areas of the house, such as the TV. Doing the research, including posts from cyril7 and sbiddle, it looks like establishing some sort of strucutred cabling system is the way to go and will future proof me a bit too.
My plan thus far is to replace all the phone cables using cat5e, and while I'm doing that running another one in for data. I would bring all cables back to a cupboard in the centre of the house where I would have one of these 16 port patch panels or similar. I would mount that in the cupboard. I would then add a phone jack in the cupboard to connect up the modem too and add in a switch. I've read you shouldn't have more than 4 phone lines in use with ADSL so I would simply leave the 2nd bedroom phone jack unplugged as I would no longer need it.
I'd replace all the BT jacks with ones like this so I'd have phone and data neatly on the wall. Would I be better off using one of the keystone/110 faceplates and jacks? Any adavantages there.
Is there anything I've missed here? Suggestions, comments welcome? Where's the best place to get patch panels and faceplates etc from? Keeping in mind, I'm on a fairly limited budget.
Thanks, enjoy your holiday weekend.