I'm going to be installing some data wire through a wall and ceiling to
install a plug-in in a room that's not currently wired for a network.
The cable will be used primarily for internet usage.
I'm wondering whether cat 5 is still the cable of choice for this. The
cable will travel between the computer nic card and a router.
Thanks for the reply Wayne. I've tried wireless, but the lag drives me
crazy. I work on that machine 2 or 3 full days a week and I work with a
remote desktop, which is slower to begin with. I don't think wireless is
a viable option for me here.
I just checked the latentcy of my wireless network....<1ms. So you must
really be observant to see wireless latentcy! I think your thinking that
wireless is going to be like using remote desk top it isn't.
I would say that cat 5E will do you fine. people tend to forget that you
internet access at it best is 3MB and usually less. Cat5E will work for
1000mb if it is done right. I use it in my office for my servers to talk to
one another Dell is having a sale on 24 port GB switch for 219.00
8 port 89.00 and up
Buy the best wire you can find. Wire is cheap, labor is the hard part.
CAT5e was the latest thing the last time I bought wire but they may have CAT6
certified by now.
Be careful making up the keystone jacks. Maintain the twist all the way to the
punch downs and keep the leads straight and short. Neatness counts. You can
make CAT5e wire degrade to doorbell wire quality with sloppy terminations.
BTW I agree about wireless. It is fine for mobile work stations but if you
really want to move data it is hard to beat copper.
Thanks for this Greg. I have a wireless nic and a plug-in. The wireless
just cannot keep up... the problem is exacerbated by the office which
apparently uses wireless for part of their internet service because the
building they are in is not wired for cable yet. It's drag and then
more drag. I can type 1/2 an email message before anything shows up on
I appreciate the suggestions about keeping the wires twisted. I've
bought cat 5e wire so I guess if I keep the install neat I'll be ok.
The problem with wireless!
Those cordless phones, Microwaves, other high EMI electronic devices around,
All of which can interfere and slow down the wireless access.
Besides, Really know exactly how to setup it all up and make sure that it is
secure from other easdroppers, hackers and wardrivers trying to break into
any unprotected wireless devices, use your internet access and/or snoop at
the data you are sending back and forth ?
I use both wired and wireless at the house. Office and all other computer
locations, even the enterntainment center has a network feed (for those MP3
files access). All wired back to a central patch panel along with phone and
CATV. The data goes to a switch/hub. I also have an extensive home office
and server for central files storage and backup. I use wireless when I want
to take my laptop outside on the patio.
I also makse sure all the security including encryption is setup on the
wireless access correclty.
I work in computer security, be suprised how many times I can access office
and home wireless internet access devices when I power up my laptop in an
office complex or neiborhood area.
I am in the process of wiring a large part of my house. I would think
the minimum should be cat5e, and cat5e stuffs are widely available.
But please keep in mind that cat6 doesn't cost that much more when you
compare the material cost with your time and effort; the additional
cost of cat6 products just doesn't add up to too much. That is the
reason why I am using cat6. Moreover, I want to use better material
because I want to stream videos around the house -- not just sharing
Good luck with whatever choice that you will make.
The only time you would need CAT6 would be if you ahve some really intense
data to push over your LAN at gigabit speeds.
CAT5e will be fine for more than the average home network and would still
handle gigabit at those short distances if needed later and installed
Likely the fact that broadband wireless routers are now selling 8-1
over those without wireless capabilities. :)
Locally, even in homes pre-wired for ethernet, wireless is by far the
most popular choice for networking. Laptops and other portable
devices outsell desktops, and it seems everyone is going wireless for
all the other communications as well.
If you are willing to live with a 90% degradation in speed it is a good
solution for you.
Wireless is perfect for anyone who just wants to walk around surfing the net
but if you are pushing big data files you will find it lacking.
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