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Ultimate Geek

#259992 5-Nov-2019 11:41
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I'm after some advice about runing network cables in my house.  I have the opportunity during our current renovations to run a cable up into the roof space of our 2-storey house, the stud is around 3.1m each floor so I need the cable to be reasonably long to cover the distance, the router isn't really that close to where the cable would go up the wall so I suspect I'd need another 5m at least so a 15-20m cable.  I have had a look on and there are a few options.  I would like to know if :




1.  a cable that long will still be useful or will the degradation in speed/signal mean that WiFi would be just as good?


2.  Should I buy a reel of cable and then get Ethernet boxes at either end, or buy a readymade cable with RJ45 connectors?


3.  I want the best so Cat 6 or Cat 6a or something else?




Thanks in advance



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  #2348536 5-Nov-2019 17:54
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Thank you all for your informative responses.  All a great help.  So just so I get this right I should.




1.  Use solid cable if possible


2.  Try not to kink it.


3.  It's behind a wall so I don't care about the colour (fortunately)


4.  Buy Cat6 cable (I want the best for future proofing and the different in $ is nothing compared to the cost of having the wall done) - I may have missed something here so correct me if I am wrong.


5.  Not put my electronics in the roof space (I wasn't planning on it but the thought did cross my mind so I will avoid this)


6.  Don't worry about length as it shouldn't degrade the signal unless I get past 50-100m which is unlikely


7.  Buy some switches to distribute it once it gets upstairs


8.  Run it away from the mains cabling 300mm if possible (this is easy to do but I may not have done it so thanks!)




Let me know what I missed 





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