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Right now I've got Cat5e wiring in one central room along with wireless for my laptops. However I've got 100mbps fiber optic service to my house so the wireless connection isn't as good as I'd like.
I'd like to wire up as many rooms as I can for data transmission and potential future addition of running some sort of home-wide DVR/video. The question is what sort of cabling is recommended? I want something that will be somewhat future-proof.
Is Cat5e sufficient? Is anyone using Cat6? Are there alternatives for LAN wiring? I don't know enough about Cat6 yet, but assume I'd have to get new routers and LAN cards...
Any advice appreciated.
I'd hold out on upgrading your wireless until some of the new standards get approved. Having wire run to every room will offer you the ability to plug in when the wireless isn't cutting it.
p.s. I'm jealous of your fiber service. :)
Of course, in time, we'll have HD TV, we'll have HDV replacing Digital Video and that will all take extra bandwidth. But, hey, I can't tell the visual difference between HDV and DV so I'll just keeping piping my video at the quality level I enjoy right now. And I won't feel I've lost anything.
Another thing, if you really have the walls peeled apart, do yourself a favor and get some 1/2" or 3/4" pvc and run yourself some conduit channels from the endpoint to the false ceiling or at least to a point where it is accessible so you can pull more wire in the future if necessary. I bought a small spool of decent string/pull wire and left a strand in each run, just for this purpose.
Plus, if I'm correct that it does gigabit, gigabit NIC's and switches are actually relatively inexpensive these days. Not sure that there's a need for it at home yet, but there you go...:). I'm running cat5e at home and have no problems - including doing large file transfers over the network.
I ordered Cat5e wiring into every room. That does seem to be the best recommendation.
Special thanks to coopster for this:
get some 1/2" or 3/4" pvc and run yourself some conduit channelsI'm getting piping run everywhere so that I won't have to rip my walls apart if I ever need to rewire this network.
When I was doing a similar thing, I made sure to have a outlet and a network connection installed in the linen closet upstairs, and one near the rear of my house in a cabinent. This is because I was not getting good reception upstairs for my WLAN and also not good outside. By adding an AP upstairs, and at the exterior wall in the back of the house, I increased my signal strenght significantly.
There's no harm in at least pulling the wire now to future proof!