Hello... I would like to run a bit of Cat5 ethernet cable from an
access point downstairs to a terminal in a bedroom upstairs. My
proposed route is about 16' through the walls (as the tape measure
flies), and the first floor has a drop ceiling throughout the area
(convenient for lots of things).
This probably is something I should be reading in a book, I know. I've
googled a bit and I think I've got it down, but I'd appreciate if
anyone can point out any hidden *gotchas*
I might run into. Pretty
simple procedure, I know, but I'm a n00b, as evidenced by my lack of
familiarity with the terminology. Here goes:
1) The first wall (downstairs) is easy, because I have access behind it
through a stairwell. In this case I can cut a square hole for the
wallbox right next to a stud and nail it in. Easy sneezy.
2) From this box I can run my Cat5e up the stud, across the 'ceiling'
in the stairwell, tacking it in place with some 1/2" wire staples.
Then I can run it in the 'real ceiling' in the dining room (above the
drop ceiling) till I get under the destination bedroom.
3) So then I go upstairs, trying not to get tripped up by the dog that
always thinks stairs are a racetrack and find a stud in the wall I want
to put the other box in. Have studfinder. I punch a hole in the
drywall and cut out the rectangular box with a keyhole saw. I have one
of those too now. Hopefully I've really found a stud and not something
else, but maybe it doesn't matter as much as I think.
4) Then I get a really effin' long drill bit, like 1/2"x12". I've seen
these for masonry but I bet they exist for wood too. So I proceed to
drill through my rectangular hole (in as steep of an angle as I can
manage) down through the floor inside the wall. I have a cheapie $35
1/2" Black and Decker corded drill that will probably get killed in
5) I use a piece of coat hanger wire, chopstick, or other device to
guide a weighted string down through the hole. Go downstairs.
6) Tie string to end of Cat5e cable. Wrap profusely with electrical or
duct tape for added measure. If possible, jab Cat5e up through hole in
ceiling, enlist household woman to gently pull string until Cat5e
emerges from rectangular hole in the wall.
7) Rumor has it, that there are such things as plastic wall boxes that,
upon rotating screws, will wedge themselves between studs or drywall,
and they won't need to be nailed to anything. At least this is how
it's been described. I haven't actually seen one, but thenagain I
haven't perused every aisle of The Borg in a little while.
8) I can then either leave the RJ45 ends on my prepurchased Cat5e
cable, or I can clip them off, strip the wires and connect them to the
back of a female RJ45 modular wall socket. Repeat for other end.
9) Clean up, put away tools, crack open a Sam Adams for myself and the
dog, and rejoice in upstairs Internet.